The deadly virus named COVID 19 continues to affect the people of India as they are cope up with news of increasing deaths and rising numbers of infections in large parts of the nation. Major cities in India reel from crumbling hospital infrastructure as lack of medical oxygen and hospital beds drive families of those infected to despair.
On Friday, India recorded as many as the world’s highest single-day spike with 3,32,730 fresh Covid-19 new cases in 24-hours, pushing the overall caseload to 1,62,63,695, according to the data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday morning. This is the first time any country has recorded over 300,000 cases in just 24 hours.
Social media timelines are filled with people seeking help for oxygen, blood etc. Amidst such situation, a number of people in social media came up with tweets condemning the cash rich twenty over league tournament being telecasted in a celebratory mode. They questioned the necessity of the tournament and condemned products being advertised and people associated to the event celebrating it.
“How insensitive, cruel it is for IPL to be shown on TV in celebratory mode and for advertisers and commentators to sell their wares when a beastly tragedy is striking the nation. Will any stakeholder speak or is everything on sale for profits, even death.” said a twitter user named Pradeep with many others expressing similar opinions.
However, people defended IPL saying that the mental health of people is also important and argued that it reduces stress. Some also said that it is the profession of few and questioned whether everyone of us left our profession to battle COVID 19.
Check out some of the reactions below :
How insensitive, cruel it is for IPL to be shown on TV in celebratory mode and for advertisers and commentators to sell their wares when a beastly tragedy is striking the nation. Will any stakeholder speak or is everything on sale for profits, even death.— Pradeep Magazine (@pradeepmagazine) April 24, 2021
Why are IPL matches still happening in the middle of this horrid covid shitshow. All these stadiums have world-class facilities & more than ample space, why not use them for covid patients, ration distributing, vaccine drive or any of the 100 things more important than bat & ball— Sankul Sonawane (@sankul333) April 21, 2021
The point is not about pro IPL or anti IPL. It is about the tone-deafness with which this current edition is being held. Dissociated from reality. The hype unrelenting. Not one person acknowledging the tragedy unfolding. How can this be okay?— Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee) April 21, 2021
Anyone else struggling with enjoying the IPL this season? The drone shots of the city say nothing about the situation on ground. It feels almost evil to look at these visuals devoid of that perspective. Sport is an escape but when have we properly faced this issue to now escape?— Lavanya L Narayanan *COVID help on pinned tweet* (@lav_narayanan) April 18, 2021
Good u spoke about it. During dance of death, they are entertaining. What a tragedy. Is IPL so important that it has to be held without fail come what may. Board exams can be cancelled but not this tourney.— manasijbhattacharjee (@MBshon) April 24, 2021
Remember when @CricketAus cancelled their tour to South Africa because of 1,000 Covid cases a day but let their players play IPL with 325,000 cases per day. Standards.— Dean Oelschig (@DeanOelsch) April 22, 2021
India struggling with Covid but still IPL is happening, must be postponed immediately— Mohamed Fazil (@fazil03) April 23, 2021
Check out the reasons people state to make IPL continue :
Do think the IPL should stop now. Because it’s vulgar to see IPL updates in the middle of helplessness and crisis calls. But, 4 hours of IPL everyday helps my COVID-affected Dad feel slightly better for a while. So, I’ll be selfish enough to want IPL to go on.— Sohini (@Mittermaniac) April 21, 2021
Some say the ongoing IPL cricket should be abandoned because of the Covid crisis. No, we can’t allow Covid to crush us so completely. While we suffer, we should let those as gifted as in the IPL to lift our spirits, even if by a little, via their genius and utter creativity.— Ashutosh Varshney (@ProfVarshney) April 22, 2021
It’s their profession and they are doing it.Have we left our jobs and stopped enjoying small moments?Lets not try to hype up emotions by appropriating a situation. Best we can do is to contribute in our own capacity without deriding them who aren’t as per our thought/benchmark.— नीलाभ (@nilabh79) April 24, 2021
Sir, mental health is equally important in times like these.— Amit Rathod _અમિત રાઠોડ (@mt16838658) April 24, 2021
It may seem vulgar to families affected by covid but it's a balm for people who want to take their mind off pouring bad news.
Remember most senior citizen are ardent fans of the sport