IPL matches have been shifted out of Hyd citing Telangana unrest. Once the matches were shifted out, the CM of AP, K. Roshaih, and sports minister(who incidentally hails from Telangana), had assured that Hyd is safe for conducting matches. Telangana Joint Action had given in writing assuring that they would not create any problems for IPL matches if they are held in Hyd. Inspite of these assurances, the matches have been shifted out of Hyd. BTW, Deccan Chargers(team from Hyd and AP) are the defending champions.
Contrast this situation to situation in Mumbai: Shivsena specifically threatens the Oz Players from playing in IPL. Yet, the matches were not shifted out.
Why such double standards? Political unrest in India is common, and of late even terror activities have become common. So, can IPL afford to punish the cricket loving audience for no fault of theirs? Is it a right approach?
The one-sided action taken by IPL in case of Hyd was not replicated in case of Hyd and instead steps were taken to clear the matter(with BCCI prez himself writing a letter to Bal Thackray). The question is why such double standards? More importantly, political unrest is more a norm than an exception, so can any event be conducted if every political unrest is used as an excuse to shift events.
Also, just like Shiv Sena had vowed not to stop Oz players, similarly T-JAC had given writing that will not stop IPL matches from taking place in Hyd. How can the two cases be different?
You, say that success of MNIK has proved that Shivsena threats dont matter, but doesnt the success of the telugu movie Adhurs also prove the same?
Overall, there are political parties that will always try to use events like IPL to hog some media attention, but it should not be allowed to play spoilsport for the larger silent majority. This is true for all places in our country.
The situation in AP is not your usual "political unrest". If BCCI goes ahead and plans a roster around Hyderabad, tomorrow if the situation turns violent, it will have its repercussions on the entire event. Unlike with Shiv Sena and Mumbai, where a fringe group could be contacted, the same cannot be done in Telangana. The Telangana agitation is not something a person or a group has control over. Various sections of the society are components of it, and see IPL as part of the state government's ongoing strategy of "deliberate ignorance". Placing IPL in the given circumstances will only incite even more unrest, it won't work as a 'pacifier'.
Because T-JAC itself is a component of the Telangana agitation. Its scope is limited to the political class. It can't do much than making a couple of famous leaders 'appeal' for peace. Secondly, Tarnaka is too close to comfort for the Uppal stadium, which is where a lot of unrest can be expected from. The AP High Court has already ordered the government to withdraw central forces as a strategic move to incite peace. IPL will work against that. BCCI stands a bigger chance to lose in this gamble. One bad day of law and order, and players (and teams) will refuse to play.
IPL is not a movie. It's an ongoing event, which is bound to take place a stone-throw away from Osmania University. Its occurrence will incite law and order problems for the state (and losses to the BCCI (which generates more money from the event than a what producers make off a movie)).
Overall, Telangana-agitation is not confined to the political class. Political parties can't do crap as far as controlling law-and-order from their side goes. It's the larger participation of the people that is keeping the political class on its feet, not the other way round. This is why despite 'green signals' from the political JAC, TRS, or whatever else, BCCI pulled out of Hyderabad. Should tell you a little about the nature of things as they stand.
As a fan of DC, it sort of doesn't matter to me if matches are played in another city. Vizag could have been a nice place. Anyway I wouldn't have gone to Uppal to watch matches, instead call friends over with some booze. Deccan Chronicle's bosses are just pissed that they can't take their fat wives who got bored of Malakpet RC to IPL matches. Hence their propaganda on the paper.