Education and self-respect seem unconnected, as any educated IPL fan in India can prove to you without much effort, perhaps even without uttering a word.
While some people (read farmers) are busy committing suicide due to a severe drought where they live, water that could somehow have been diverted to those areas is being used to ready grounds for IPL matches (45 lakh litres of it). And the average “educated” Indian chose entertainment and cricket over the life of a fellow Indian.
3 IPL players were arrested for spot-fixing. Yet Indians continued watching.
An IPL team CEO was arrested for his alleged involvement in betting and possibly spot-fixing. Nevertheless, Indians continued watching.
That CEO’s father-in-law owns that IPL team, and he also happens to be President of BCCI (national governing body for cricket in India). And that wasn’t a conflict of interest, up until now. Yet, Indians continued watching.
The money involved in the betting and fixing is linked to India’s most hated and most wanted terrorist, dawood. And still, Indians continued watching.
Some players who were approached and threatened, were brave enough not to sell their soul. Yet, when they informed their team owners, the team owners didn’t find it worthwhile enough to report such a serious matter with the authorities. They just asked the players to focus on their game. But, Indians continued watching.
3 more players and a team are under the scanner currently. Yet, Indians continued watching.
The murkiness of it brings to one to question whether the entire series were ‘games’ or a game reduced to a scripted act or play. But through it all, Indians continued watching.
Simply goes to prove that the average “educated” Indian, who is all geared for today’s final game, doesn’t have the least amount of self-respect; and that you could sell him anything in the name of cricket and entertainment. And he’ll buy. Hard to find any respect for such a people.