Cricket is the opium of the masses. I am in agreement with the Point of View of T J S George who says, "The time has come to ban cricket" in the New Indian Express.
George argues that any game that rakes in money in such gargantuan proportions ceases to be a game besides cricket is an unashamedly colonial game. Indigenous to England from the 17th Century, cricket was exported to the colonies as a means to dazzle the natives into admiration and submission. The only colony that refused to take to cricket was America and today it is a superpower. His reason for a banning cricket is not waste of national resources and national energy because there are other activities that waste more national resources and national energy-like Parliament.
When Sharad Pawar, the Agriculture Minister who was confronting droughts and mass suicides by farmers became the President of Board of Cricket Club of India (BCCI), there were doubts expressed over the time he might be able to devote to the BCCI. But he did the unthinkable, he dedicated himself to the service of Cricket let the farmers commit suicide. Obviously, his priorities as a minister are clear to him.
Cricket has made the collective national consciousness so insensitive to the massive framers suicides underway that it is not even outraged enough to break the frozen passivity of the government. The obsession of media with it has insulated even the human response towards the farmers suicides.