The government of Kerala has been allowed to fulfil one of its long-standing ambitions —taking over the Trivandrum Golf Club, thanks to the Supreme Court, according to a report on the website of The New Indian Express.
While it’s not clear whether chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan has any inclination towards the game, part of the state government’s determination to take control may stem from the current stewards having their say over 25 acres of prime property in the heart of Thiruvananthapuram. This could be another first for Kerala: a golf club run by a Communist government.
Still, the episode could have been an opportun- ity for a newly adopted son of the city to assert himself in his newfound role. Shashi Tharoor is said to have decided to focus vigorously on his constituency, the Kerala state capital. Then again, he’s probably decided to stay off sports for a while.