Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Life-giving Water vs Entertaining Cricket

Amidst all that is going on in the country (naturally and man-made) and all that is being created by political parties for their hidden and sinister agenda, one thing that caught my attention and I personally wish to see it come up by public demand is the following: IPL matches and the drought stricken state of Maharashtra.

On the one hand, the state is reeling under severe drought conditions - mind you it is still mid-April... we are yet to step into the month of May! - and on the other hand is the extravagance of a game (cricket).  In testing and difficult times as these, a game would surely have a great soothing effect.  But not if it robs one of precious and basic necessities of life.  Given a choice between basic amenities of life and entertainment, anyone sensible will choose roti-kapada-makaan (food - clothing - shelter).

Contrast this: mere maintenance of a cricket ground one requires 60,000 litres of water per day, and people of Latur receive a water-train for drinking water.  We either find alternatives to keep up the playground (perhaps use recycled sewage water) or make a radical choice between water in the mouth or under one's feet.

Only one who really feels this crunch has the right to decide!  

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