The charm is gone…

There are quite a few things around us , which started off on a good note & with a good objectives but have eventually turned into a tool for achieving some other goals, many of which may or may not be in the interests of public at large…

Everything apart from being a gentleman’s game
This aptly describes the current state of the most widely practiced religion in the country…There have been countless instances wherein we Indians have watched matches till early morning, danced & burst crackers on street after victories in not-so-big tournaments…Scenes have changed since then…It is now a well established fact that the game is nothing but a means of minting money for the players & of course for the super body of cricket in India…With the super body deciding to emulate our government & play hide-and-seek game with anyone & anything which seeks information about its secretive working, the fate of cricket is sealed..It is now reduced to just a money making machine & is no longer a means of good entertainment . The charm is definitely gone…People no longer feel “patriotic” on seeing our country win significant tournaments..No wonder there are hardly any people taking a serious note of the current disastrous British itinerary of our team… After-all the stakeholders are still making tons of money & these are just a few supposedly bad days at the office for them…

Holiness blown away…
Yesterday saw the last day of a very big festival in Maharashtra. The festival, like many others was started a century back with a very noble intention to enable people to gel together & exchange ideas….. The news recently read that a very popular festival organizing committee has made a cool crore rupees in first 3 days of the festival. Another article & a recently released movie shed light on how the organizers, with a desire to go one up over others indulge in various sorts of not-so-noble activities like giving all sorts of royal names to their idols, demanding huge sums of money from local well known figures, paying local channels & newspapers for extensive coverage, etc…Politicians also make hay while the sun is shining bright through appearances in the form of mammoth size posters and hoardings at these locations..Clearly the noble intentions of starting festivals have been lost somewhere…The charm of enjoying in these festivals is increasingly getting commercialized & they are turning into a tool for making quick bucks. Recent news of some temples amassing tons of gold depicts a similar grave picture in the commercialization in the name of religion…

It hurts to see that things like sports or festivals, originally meant for people to enjoy & celebrate together are fast losing their charm in the world where everything is getting commercialized. There need to be boundaries defined wrt to the extent to which anything can be commercialized else the number of believers in the truthfulness & real original intentions of such events will fast dwindle…

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2 Responses to The charm is gone…

  1. Debjeet says:

    After having a look at the recently concluded “Revenge Series”, it is very much apparent that there were hardly any spectators at the England-India matches although the host had whitewashed the visitors. Your article is aptly titled “The Charm has Gone”. Keep your articles coming. It is a pleasure to read them.

  2. Shekhar Lele says:

    Thanks a lot Debjeet..Indeed even I, once fanatic for cricket must have watched the series for at max 20-30 deliveries in total, due to overdose of cricket…

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