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I am a cricket fan; even so, I am glad Delhi is not on the IPL map this time, writes Damini Purkayastha.

india Updated: Mar 20, 2009 20:40 IST
Damini Purkayastha
Damini Purkayastha
Hindustan Times

I am a cricket fan; even so, I am glad Delhi is not on the IPL map this time. I rooted for the Daredevils last year (even when they played against Dada and Shah Rukh Khan’s boys). I will root for them this year too, just as I bemoan the loss of a chance to sit in the fans-only section of the stadium. But I will wholeheartedly support the decision by the organisers to change the venue of Delhi’s IPL matches.

Yes, we’re a cricket crazy nation, but we’re a nation before we are cricket crazy. A fact we tend to forget. ‘
Somehow, patriotism got so tied up with the sport that we lost sight of what it means to truly stand up for our country. I can’t believe we had a national debate over the general elections and the IPL with sides choosing between cricket and voting — are our priorities warped or is this also an example of exemplary democracy?

The very people who marched against the government’s lapse of security after 26/11 were up in arms when the home minister said providing security for the IPL and the general elections at the same time would be a stretch.

“Cricket is the backbone of this country, how dare they”; or, “Why couldn’t they check the schedule of the IPL before choosing the dates for the elections”. Doesn’t something about these reactions rankle you? On the one hand we want a great government, but we’d rather not forgo our cricket to ensure that.

Perhaps the apathy we feel for governance is too large to put aside for cricket, but what about security? How can we be so foolhardy as to deny the reality of that threat?

Anyway, they
did the math, found a solution, shuffled venues around and the IPL is back on. Rejoice!

I think it’s only fitting that the national capital chose the General Elections over cricket matches. Besides, it’s only one dry year. Next year we’ll have the IPL and the Commonwealth Games. Until then, what better excuse for a weekend in Dharamshala?

First Published: Mar 20, 2009 20:38 IST