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Moving the IPL cricket competition to South Africa is proof of the weakness of the Indian polity and the verve of its business class

The second season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the world’s biggest and richest cricket competition, is now in full swing. It is not, however, being played in India. Instead, the opening day featured the Rajasthan Royals, the Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings in Cape Town, South Africa—an expression, perhaps, of the precocity of India’s globalisation? It took Major League Baseball (MLB) over 100 years before it opened a season with a match outside the US. Similarly, the National Football League needed half a century to stage a game of American football at Wembley. Named like a Bollywood…

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