Speak of the power of the new media. India and even traditional Indian media like the news houses are just waking to it. While we had seen "jhalaks" of it in the past when Shashi Tharor had tweeted, we are seeing an empire crumbling this time. Twitter entered India with a bang and has been creating lots of bangs ever since. Tweets from Lalit Modi revealing Kochi franchisee's share holding pattern on the 11th of April have generated so much of furore and back lashes that
- a central minister lost his crown,
- all IPL franchisees are under pressure to reveal their shareholding patterns,
- three central revenue agencies are investigating the allegations of big time money laundering, betting and trails leading back to the chairman of IPLT20,
- Lalit Modi, the chairman himself is staring at the axe coming down on him at the behest of BCCI on the 26th of April,
- The UPA is taking a moral high ground for having dismissed Shashi Tharoor as his proof of innocence did not convince them
- The Congress, the media suspects, may not be in all too favorable a mood to pursue the truth behind the allegations as it stands to incur the wrath of BCCI president Sharad Pawar, an ally of the UPA That too at a time when a big finance bill needs the full support of the house to get passed.
- The NDTV and Times NOW channels are calling the whole episode "Indian Paisa league" and "IPL's Dirty Truth"
- Times of India today morning is claiming that the total amount of betting money involved is 3500 crore INR
All in the span of 1 week since the tweets were posted. The onstage drama is nearing a climax with the semi finalists raring to clash. The off stage drama is reaching a crescendo and newer developments are flowing in by the minute. Still feel like tweeting .....Be careful on what you tweet :-)