I have been blocked by @LalitKModi.
Don’t believe me?
Then have a look at this
Because I mentioned him when posting some tweets.
I’ve retrieved some of them. Have a look at them. (From most recent to oldest)
As you can see, none of ’em are all too offensive. However, just like how Gambhir got warned for calling the Rajasthan team ordinary, I, too, have been censured for, admittedly, being a bit of a twat, but a reasonable one!
I was, actually, determined not to post anything on my blog for the duration of the IPL. It was because the IPL is so shallow that it is worthy only of tweets.
However, it was actually this article by Samanth Subramaniam on the Huffington Post which gave me the jolt for this post.
So why, when I watch the tournament now, do I watch it with equal measures of fascination and repugnance? Not because the IPL is a symbol of capitalism – far be it for me, a willing beneficiary of India’s adventures in money-making, to complain about that – but because it’s a symbol of capitalism gone horrifically wrong.
The IPL purports to be a free market but is in fact controlled by one man: Lalit Modi, whose power and stature have grown so Rabelaisian in merely three years that Bollywood has already asked to mine his life for subject material. (One player, Ravindra Jadeja, dared to try negotiating a new contract for himself this year. He was promptly banned for the remainder of the season.)
The IPL pursues revenues at the expense of other valuable resources: Test cricket, but also domestic cricket, the inevitable breeding grounds for young talent. In its grubbing for money, in fact, the IPL is dismissive of anything old-fashioned, anything aesthetic; even the four seconds between one ball and the next, held sacrosanct through more than a century of cricket, have been sold for inconsequential advertisements.
Meanwhile, owners buy teams for staggering quantities of money and with the fuzziest possibilities of recovering their investment; they desire only to dice up the risk and sell it in parts to sponsors and other companies, a practice that should surely sound familiar to us today.
Though Lalit Modi talks of a free market, what he does is the very antithesis of a free market.
There are also rumours doing the rounds that Lalit Modi has rejected the franchise agreement sent in by Kochi.
Because they have some ‘secret partners’.
Apparently, the owners have given away 25% for free to someone.
That’s their business. Why does Lalit Modi always want to butt in to everyone’s business?
To be very honest, he seems like one of those needy children.
He wants to be on the know with regard to every damn thing that goes on in the IPL (even if it isn’t necessary that he knows about it) and can’t tolerate any criticism of himself or his product!
What a prat!
I hadn’t tweeted much about Lalit Modi in recent times. However, because I realized that he blocked me, I’ve decided to go on a rampage with the hashtag #lalitmodiblocks.
Therefore, please bear with me!