A transparent and inclusive body, overlooking our national cricket was long overdue. SC’s recommendations will revamp the BCCI, and will improve its credibility as a sporting body. Bearing our national flag on their jerseys, it was shameful for our players to indulge in match-fixing, spot-fixing and other malpractices.
After proper implementation, the game of cricket will gain more trust and respect. The Board of Control for Cricket in India was working in an opaque and partisan manner. It had become a den of few elite individuals, having connections with politicians and private enterprises.
There was no visible player representation. Rather than being a ‘sporting club’, it looked more of a ‘business venture’. Being the world’s richest cricket board, it’s no surprise that it was flocked by self-appointed politicians.
A close scrutiny on its management practices and accounting methods was clearly warranted. BCCI’s character as a national cricket body is akin to a public function, therefore, it must be audited by CAG. It’s time to turn our attention to other sporting bodies. The ministry of sports must have some regulatory control over these sporting bodies.
Rahul vs RSS
Congress VP Rahul Gandhi has provoked even the Supreme Court on his remark that RSS killed Mahatma Gandhi. His remark has prompted the apex court to ask as to “what is the public good in remark”, “why make sweeping statements” and to “apologize by July 27 or face trial”.
The reputation of the Congress is already at its lowest ebb. Rahul Gandhi has failed to realise that his statements are bought only by his followers and not by the people of India. Unfazed by the apex court observations, Rahul Gandhi has said with temerity that he would not apologise, but would rather stand trial. It would be no wonder if the Congress casts aspersions on judges stating that they are the sympathizers of RSS. The indignant view of the Supreme Court should be an eye-opener to others not to talk anything on the killing of Gandhi without clinching evidence.
Moreover, the Supreme Court is right in observing that the oft-repeated unfounded charges against RSS would serve no public good. Such sweeping statements would only result in mud-slinging by the pro-RSS and anti-RSS people. Nathuram Godse who killed Mahatma Gandhi was executed and the buck stopped at that point. Unnecessary arguments and debates would only divert the public attention from real issues that need immediate attention.
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