Decadence and the IPL

In Times of India, Mukul Kesavan says it’s not just dumbing down, not just monstrous but IPL is a celebration of utter decadence.

In the beginning, the Indian Premier League (IPL) seemed just a new kind of tournament. At worst, it was a dumbing down of cricket, at best, it was inspired event management. In the five years since its inception, though, it has become monstrous.

The tournament is historically interesting because it is republican India’s first public celebration of decadence. One charac- teristic feature of decadence is a contempt for convention and procedural scruple. Indians are familiar with this in everyday life, but the IPL is a departure in that the people involved with it legitimise and defend conflicts of interest explicitly and in full public view. ┬ámore

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