The most significant stadium on the planet by capacity is the “Rungrado first of Might Stadium” in Pyongyang, Northern Korea. Strangely enough, it is not named after Kim Jong-un, the Best Associated with the Korean Individuals. Luckily for us, the Supreme Associated with the Indian native People, unafflicted by bashfulness, stepped upward to rename the second-largest stadium on the planet (by capacity) after themselves.
To make room for Narendra Modi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel has removed the marquee and given the important assisting role of naming the sports enclave in which the arena is arranged. There exists a nice metaphor in that: Sardar Patel since the setting for the solitaire that is Modi, the Loh Purush is a warm-up act for Non-Stick Narendra.
Napoleon Bonaparte famously crowned himself Chief of Italy; Narendra Modi at
Motera went one better: he previously himself raised in absentia with the
President of the Republic in near attendance. In order to time the renaming of the arena so it was done right before a Test match which 50,000 visitors and billions of television set viewers experienced turned upward to view rates among the great event-management coups in our time.
The prolonged Shah family commercials that played during the breaks or cracks
were especially well-made. There was clearly Amit Shah genially leading the
Chief executive through the team opening paragraphs. Even as ” walked
forward one by one to be greeted by the Chief executive, the house Ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) took the possibility to the influx, Caesar-style, at the put together spectators. This was equally well that this was obviously an attentive audience with cricket in prospect; otherwise, the view of Shah surveying a crowd and benignly increasing a hand might have emptied the stadium.
But it was his son, Jay Shah, who was the star of the 3rd Test between India and England. In the little documentary promo for the stadium, there was an extended shot where the camera panned around the magnificent stands, empty, save for a solitary figure, the Secretary of the BCCI, surveying his surroundings. Its atmospherics were straight out of a Western: this could have been a shadowed Clint Eastwood at sundown, squinting at a desert landscape… different silhouette, but the same mood.
The criticism levelled at the Narendra Modi stadium for having its ends named after two of India’s most distinguished business houses was completely beside the point. The critics missed the self-aware symbolism of the naming. We should think of this stadium as a giant representation of India’s political economy.
The political figures who built and named this stadium are, so to speak, the means.
Ambani and Adani are this enterprise’s ends. The lovely, literal playfulness of the naming has been lost on the dour critics, who, unlike Modi and Shah, aren’t used to thinking on this scale.
There is a case for arguing that the logic of naming wasn’t followed through. This test could have been a landmark in cricket history. Given how arbitrarily cricket’s fielding positions are named (backward point? ), the BCCI could have Indianized them. The BCCI calls the shots on tv commentary, and Jay Shah calls the shots at the BCCI, so the commentators could have been told to use a new fielding scheme.
So, Info-slip, Wipro-slip, and TC-slip; Backward-short Birla; Forward-short Tata; mid-Ambani, long-Adani; Backward Bajaj (for backward point), Silly Bennett Coleman; Fine Hinduja; Mallya (for cover); Third Murugappa; Square Muthoot… the possibilities are endless. What better way to stamp India’s modern ownership of cricket into the very nomenclature of the game? There’s still time; a beginning could be made in the second Test at this great venue next week.
The breast-beating about the length of the day-night Test, the lamentation about it ending in less than two days, should be ignored. If after the pharaonic splendour of the renaming and the ring of fire spectacle served up by the lights, people still want five days of cricket, they’re irredeemably stupid. The test was a chance to show the world that this stadium is a giant crown worn by a colossus. Check cricket is a trinket in this overhead; Modi’s varied ending up in Chief executive Trump is its Koh-i-Noor. Given the occasion, Indian did what it needed to; it received. Enough said
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