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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Dissing the ICC

I&B minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi tells the ICC to take a hike, on the issue of the recent government directive to all private broadcasters to share video feeds with the national channel.
dopting a tough stand, India on Thursday dismissed protests by the International Cricket Council (ICC) against its decision, which makes it mandatory for private sports broadcasters to share feed of matches involving the Indian team with Doordarshan.
"We are a sovereign nation. We are not dictated by what the ICC says," Information and Broadcasting Minister P R Dasmunsi said.

Nice stump speech that; problem is this is not a national election; the minister is not seeking votes. An issue of this nature needs more by way of substantive response, than rhetoric about sovereignity and independence. Apples and oranges comparisons don't cut it either:
To drive home his argument, Dasmunsi said that Indian government also had to abide by rules when they went abroad. "When we wanted to show our programmes in the UK, they wanted us to register a company there. So if they want us to follow their rules in their country, they have to do the same here," he said.


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