Since the independence of India in 1947, we the people of India are on a journey to become a major power of the world and bring back the glory of our Country (the Golden Bird). The journey took one of the biggest turn on 26th of January 1950. On this date India became a sovereign socialist republic.
Then came the Indian federal system in existence and Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru led first government was formed, however Pt. Nehru was sworn in as the Prime Minister of India on 15th of August 1947. From that day until now India got 18 Prime Ministers and 16 assemblies.
Last year when India was on the verge to elect their representatives for the 16th general assembly, despite all the local issues, the national issues were on top of the priority list like back money, road, price hike, education, unemployment, proper farming facilities, medical problems, poverty and many more.
The Indians were wishing to get rid of all badly clutched bloodsucker problems soon. That time Narendra Damodardas Modi was projected as the face of Prime Ministerial candidate by BJP. His speeches of ‘Aache Din’, ‘Sab Ka Sath Sab Ka Vikash’, gathered attention of huge magnitude of people all around India. It might be the first time that youth, old aged, ladies all had the same interest to listen Mr. Modi, from every corner of eastern, western, northern or southern India.
Finally on 16th of May 2015 the general elections result was announced and put a break on all the speculations. BJP became the largest single party with clear majority. By now it was clear that BJP led NDA government will come to power under Narendra Modi. The expectations were high. It was like a dream come true and now the ‘Aache Din’ was on the door steps, just a fingertip away. As days passed, the vision of Modi government's ‘Make in India’, ‘Digital India’, ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ etc. took the expectation of common people to an extreme.
It is the fact that in last 60 years we drew attention of world towards India, whether its tourism, industry, technology or in any other sectors.
Nevertheless government almost completed one year and will continue till tenure of five years as BJP led government has the majority in the lower house.
Now it’s almost one year of 16th general assembly. Discussions are all around on various topics about the government. Discussions whatever may be but there does not seem to be any notable change in the society and in the life of common people. In the name of change we have seen a new dream of Bullet Trains from the eyes of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Don't know when the ‘Aache Din’ will come, however, for the time being we can only see ‘Aache Sapne’ (Good Dreams).
Cheerleaders, entertainment, controversies, sixes, after match parties and many more emerging players, yes we are talking about Indian Premium League (IPL). The most lucrative and cash rich league IPL is back with a bang. The league which was initiated by BCCI in 2008, has become a huge success.
With the success of IPL, many franchise based leagues have mushroomed up across the globe. But no other league has got the same success and limelight which IPL grabbed. The league added money and glitz and glamour and gave a new shape to the smallest format of the Cricket Match.
But IPL is not only about money and glamour; it also provides a platform for young and talented in the world to showcase their skills. It has also bridged the cultural gaps between players and brought them closer. We had never imagined to witness, a team in which an Indian playing under Australian skipper which consists of players from South Africa, New Zealand and Sri Lanka and that too in Sub-continent conditions. There are numerous instances as Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are bowling along with Dale Steyn and Trent Boult against De Villiers and Virat Kohli.
The league has helped flourishing relationships and friendships between players who share the same dressing room for just three months a year, that too from different horizons.
The league has also brought disgrace to the “Gentleman’s Game”, from the infamous “Slapgate” to “Spot Fixing”. The league has been controversial since its inception. In the first edition the Slapgate issue grabbed the highlights and the second one had to be shifted to South Africa due to general polls in the country. In the fourth edition two more franchises Pune Warriors India and Kochi Tuskers Kerala were added to the league but Kochi Tuskers had to withdraw from the format at the end IPL season.
In the fifth edition, a sting operation caught five players alleged accepted involved in spot fixing which created furore in the country. In sixth, 2nd edition winners Deccan Chargers were replaced by Sunrisers Hyderabad. In the same edition Pune Warriors was dissolved and batting great Sachin Tendulkar bid adieu to IPL.
In the seventh edition, due to general polls the first part of the league was shifted to UAE and the other part was in India. The crowd pullers cheerleaders are back in the game. The season was taken aback with spot fixing and arrests. Three players including S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were held by Delhi Police.
Now the future of the million dollar league lies in Supreme Court’s hand and it will decide its fate. But, one thing is sure we don’t know what’s waiting for us in future but the Indian Premium League (IPL) will continue to entertain us and provide launching platform for talented players across the globe.