Comments on: Playing spoilsport with Formula One? http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/09/01/playing-spoil-sport-with-formula-one/ Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Arvind Joshi http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/09/01/playing-spoil-sport-with-formula-one/comment-page-1/#comment-9489 Sat, 05 Sep 2009 15:44:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1858#comment-9489 I’ll make 2 distinct points here:1. It is the hollow mindset of people like Mr. Gill that had killed sports in India. The promotion of all sports and allocation of higher funds is long long overdue – in whichever field it may be.Education, Sports and Individual (personal) Taxation are the 3 fields that have received step-motherly treatment by the ruling Congress party in the past 45+ years it ruled. It’s high time our politicians came down from their pedestal of OLD SCHOOL THOUGHT and changed with time. F1 is here to stay – whether Mr Gill LIKES IT OR NOT !!!!At least the tourism dept will be benefited from the revenues F1 will generate if it is started in India.Mr Gill, Isn’t Sky-Diving a sport ? If it is, it’s definatley not played in our backyard – and again, it is NOT CHEAP – by any yardstick. So, why the double standard ?Wake up to the reality – Mr Gill.2. Another change that India needs is to show the door to people holding political posts after the age of 58. If the constitution has to be ammended – so be it !!!Young minds are needed to change the anarchic COLONIAL laws of bygone eras at the earliest.This change will improve the quality of the political system in India as more and more young people enter the political space. Lets TRY to make it more professional and transparent, responsible and accountable ….. even if it means to fix a retirement age for all politicians.”Lead India” and other such institutions can take a bold step in this direction and ensure that such a constitutional ammendment is made at the earliest.This is the time to “BE THE CHANGE” …..All political parties should nominate young candidates and that will usher in the change …..

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By: ajay http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/09/01/playing-spoil-sport-with-formula-one/comment-page-1/#comment-9482 Sat, 05 Sep 2009 04:21:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1858#comment-9482 though the sports minister’s logic has flaws. but his refusal to sponser that event is correct. there are many more better sports which need those funds currently.

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By: db http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/09/01/playing-spoil-sport-with-formula-one/comment-page-1/#comment-9408 Thu, 03 Sep 2009 19:01:17 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1858#comment-9408 I just love all the knee jerk reaction – not a considered nor objective opinion -The Sports minister is spot on – It ain’t pure sport – It has elemements of sport – but is far more reliant on other eleatist elements -I watch it every second week and enjoy it – but in the grander scheme of things it’s little more than macho froth !!

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By: rajeev http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/09/01/playing-spoil-sport-with-formula-one/comment-page-1/#comment-9407 Thu, 03 Sep 2009 18:53:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1858#comment-9407 @Only when people like Malaya and this author start supporting boxers and archers instead of the glamorized sports that spend dollors to create media hype we will win more medals in Olympics.”- Posted by Tony-Quite true. But what you suggested can also happen even while supporting F1 and other such sports (where are other busines houses?). Both Olympic and non-olympic sports bring India into the interantional focus.

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By: gvk http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/09/01/playing-spoil-sport-with-formula-one/comment-page-1/#comment-9405 Thu, 03 Sep 2009 17:51:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1858#comment-9405 The guys works for government don’t have and don’t need to be in touch with real world. They are the highly incompetent people who get the job through political influence, relation, bribes etc.Does anyone know what is the sports record of M.S. Gill?Did he win any medal at national/state level, at least one in his life time?

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By: Liana Cooper http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/09/01/playing-spoil-sport-with-formula-one/comment-page-1/#comment-9403 Thu, 03 Sep 2009 15:56:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1858#comment-9403 Mr. Gill is clearly showing his incompetence and lack of knowledge about this particular aspect. Its time these old bags found their way to the grave and opened the gates for new younger generation or atleast more broad minded personalities. F1 is as much sport as any other if not more and the government is clearly not thinking about all the revenues brought about with tourists etc that will be comin here not only to see the sport but can & WILL combine their trip for vacation purposes hance greatly increasing the revenue brought in to the country . But unfortunately narrow minded personalities in the government fail to expand the growth of our country.Here’s a suggestion Mr. Mallya why dont you run for cabinet and if your party rules try your hand in the sports ministry 😉 hehe :).

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By: Baba Ghanoush http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/09/01/playing-spoil-sport-with-formula-one/comment-page-1/#comment-9399 Thu, 03 Sep 2009 13:48:47 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1858#comment-9399 First question – why do we even have a Sports minister?

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By: sunil jain http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/09/01/playing-spoil-sport-with-formula-one/comment-page-1/#comment-9394 Thu, 03 Sep 2009 08:09:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1858#comment-9394 sports minister is talking about & still living in 19 century

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By: Tony http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/09/01/playing-spoil-sport-with-formula-one/comment-page-1/#comment-9393 Thu, 03 Sep 2009 07:03:12 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1858#comment-9393 Its not the question of whether it is a sport or not.It is a question of whether it needs a benefit like an Olympic sport or any other sport in need.Why cant they pay whatever tax a corporate / business house would pay and then pay the money to F1.Every money earned by Govt is important and I don’t see why F1 has to be excluded from that as a SPORT.Clearly, all non olympic sport will be treated on a case by case basis. cricket, chess and wanna-be-Olympic sports can be exceptions. But not all sporting events. I strongly support that.Media or even mass cannot dictate what is right or wrong.Only when people like Malaya and this author start supporting boxers and archers instead of the glamorized sports that spend dollors to create media hype we will win more medals in Olympics.

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By: Mayuresh http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/09/01/playing-spoil-sport-with-formula-one/comment-page-1/#comment-9377 Thu, 03 Sep 2009 00:33:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1858#comment-9377 A Sports embodies something that the masses can relate to, or in other words can themselves play. I dont think any tom, dick and harry can do that. It hence becomes an expensive entertainment where a select few I mean a very select few, can actually play. For a country like India until it generates any revenue for the masses it should not be permitted. Unfortunately my previous statement is too idealistic, since there is a good chance that government may share the revenues and still permit it as a sport. Just for the record, I am a big fan of Formula One / Michael Schumacher / Ferrari; myself having in person watched a F1 race at Indianapolis. I believe it is not a sport but entertainment for the privileged. I would be happy to see India host a race but I agree with the arguement that its not a sport but purely commercial entertainment.

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