completely agree with paaji and yusuf on ipl and please ipl is no way more important than our national security and if the MHA felt that security personnel would have been over streached in delivering their duty then that would have been a breach of security in itself. imagine the amount of violence this election has seen, now think had there been ipl and the focus would have been more on providing fool proof security to the ipl teams then one would only wondered the kind of violence one would have witnessed in the election process. i wrote a piece just when this controversy was brewing up, x posting as i dont want to make another post on the same as i think i will be repeating myself. IPL – between national security and corporate interests as the events unfold on the scheduling or postponement of IPL, it seems a clear case of corporate interests in nexus with political masters trying to out do the national interests being perused by the ministry of home affairs. they say money speaks a language like none other and here again money is doing all the talking and forcing the concerned security agencies and the ministry of home affairs to submit to its demand when clearly there are definitive concerns to national security. the electronic media has played its part in the pushing the agenda of ipl and they have put a twist to it by clubbing the hosting of the event to national pride which if not conducted would be viewed as giving in to the demands of the terrorists. i recall these were the precise words used by pranoy roy when he said terrorists when attacked mumbai came with several demands and one such demand was to not play cricket in pakistan, (mind you the term demand was used by him to make his points clearer, since no such demands ever were put across) and what followed (the attack on sri lanka cricket team) is history. the media siding with ipl on hosting of the tournament is well understood as there remains a huge opportunity to generate revenues and profits and also the tactical understanding between them and the high and mighty owners of the ipl teams who have a lot at stake for if this event were not to happen there lays a prospect of losses which in these recession times are only going to increase their agony. all it will take is one terror attack on any of the ipl teams and all hell will break loose. terrorists have a clear cut agenda and that is to target high value targets through whom they are able to make their presence felt in both domestic and international media and be a part of headlines and they would have achieved what they had set for. such an attack if it were to happen would not only be bad for cricket in this part of the world but would have spiraling effect on the hospitality industry and would have detrimental effect on the inward investments and on the investor confidence. there have to be reasons as to why the ministry of home affairs does not seem to be all that willing to share security with ipl at a time when elections will be happening no matter what ever he might say as a cover up to it. it is clear that per se the terrorists just need to be successful once and that can happen even when the best of the security setup is put in place for nothing can be assured but still at a time when it is for sure that the security will have to be bifurcated between holding of elections and ipl then that risk of such an attack is tad bit more, and as it is most of the state governments are not comfortable by only providing the state security and are looking to the center for providing with central security as additional security measures. one can imagine the repercussions for any state government and for the central government during the election times if any such terror attack were to happen which might have a capacity to catch national and international headlines. i have not the slightest of the doubts that money power will win this battle but if the terror attacks were to happen then who would be held responsible, i am sure there will be no takers for that and the home minister will be nailed as everyone will come calling “i told you so”, shouldnt then lalit modi, ipl team owners and all such vested interests be prosecuted, but alas that shall never be the case. lets look at it the other way round, if we were to witness large scale violence of unprecedented nature in the elections as a result of “stressed out” security agencies which also might lead to people being killed, then who would take the responsibility or is it that no one is responsible for a life being lost till the time such an event does not make it to international media headlines.