Finding a scapegoat

The IPL cannot be held responsible for the drought in Maharashtra, consequent rural distress and farmer suicides


Among the accusations levelled against the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the people running it are money laundering, encouraging betting and fixing and irrevocably distorting the gentlemen’s game. But one thing it certainly cannot be held responsible for is the drought in Maharashtra, consequent rural distress and farmer suicides.

Yet, a petition was filed to move the IPL out of Maharashtra. The learned judges of the Bombay high court have obliged. Doubtless, they have contributed to amelioration of the widespread suffering in the wake of the drought. Never mind that the water-guzzling sugarcane fields will continue to flourish, and all the political vested interests associated with them. IPL, apparently, is responsible for everything from crooked administrators to corrupting the Indian mindset through cheerleaders and the ostentatious display of money. And so, the warped logic goes, it must pay for the drought.