The Indian Premier League is awash with people eager to run an enterprise and make money. Yet the IPL also wants a monopoly on cricket in this country, so much so that it is busy enforcing bans on players who sign with the competing Indian Cricket League.
Whatever happened to the virtues of the free market? Why are the entrepreneurs associated with the IPL not objecting to this trampling on the very essence of their entrepreneurial spirit?
The film Jodhaa Akbar makes no claims to being historically accurate (how a film about Akbar that has songs can be historically accurate is only one question to ask, but never mind). For various reasons -- sometimes disguised as the lack of historical accuracy -- it is banned in state after state.
Whatever happened to the virtues of free expression?
In an apparently bygone era, we had a car industry in India that was free of encumbrances like competition. We had a telephone service in India that was similarly free. We had governments that were glad to ban "Jesus Christ Superstar" or "Satanic Verses" or any number of other works for various reasons, sometimes disguised.
Result: for decades we produced about the world's worst cars. We suffered about the world's worst telephone service. We raised legions of people to whom "freedom of speech" means nothing, instead of the fundamental life precept it is.
You remember that era, don't you? We now like to scorn it with that dreaded phrase, "Nehruvian socialism".
So with the shining examples of IPL and Jodhaa Akbar placed before us, I have to ask: is that era really bygone?