Saturday, April 17, 2010

L'Enfant Terribles Tweet to Their Exit?

Big business, politicians, sportstars and pretty girls - a perfect recipe for a big racy scandal?
That's what the third edition of the Indian Premier League is proving to be.
Abraham Lincoln had said "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power."
Lalit Modi spun a grand business model around cricket and all its associated sexiness. He seemed invincible. He was the absolute boss at the Indian Premier League.
And then with all the power he amassed he thought he could dictate the sovereign. He demanded the he be made the Honorary Consul for Iceland. He demanded that Shashi Tharoor deny an Indian visa to Gabriella Demetriades, a South African model.
Why? Was Lalit Modi scared of Gabriella for some reason? He also has much explaining to do on why and how were the franchises selected.
Lalit Modi seemed to think that he and the Indian Premier League had become bigger than the Indian state?
Certainly, Lalit Modi has not passed Abraham Lincoln's test of character. And therefore, he does not deserve to lead the Indian Premier League.
And coming to L'Enfant Terrible of Indian politics, Mr. Tharoor. I personally expected much more from him, given his articulateness, suave background and years of experience at the United Nations. In fact in my blog "The Dream Cabinet"of May 17, 2009, I visualised him as India's External Affairs Minister, pushing the case for India's ascent to the Security Council as a permanent member.

I was wrong.

Sadly, Mr. Tharoor has not been known for his work in the ministry. We have heard of him more for his tweets. And now for his infamous tweet war with Lalit Modi. Mr. Tharoor also needs to explain how as a public figure could he help the Kochi franchisee and Sunanda Pushkar.

I suspect Mr. Tharoor is paying heavily for naïveté - he's more like a new school boy trying to learn the tricks but being bullied by the oldies. All along there have been strong rumours of his rift with SM Krishna.

It's high time both Lalit Modi and Mr. Shashi Tharoor resigned, or rather tweeted out to their exits.

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