“They were Bengali sign-painters, it turned out, who migrated to Jaipur for the duration of each IPL season. They spoke no English, little Hindi, and, over 1,000 miles from home in humid Kolkata, were almost as foreign to Rajasthan as I was. They complained about its dry desert heat; yet seemed happy enough. They were earning 500 rupees a day for painting the cricket pitch, more than double what they earned in Kolkata.”


An IPL match at Wankhede.

Instead of blaming IPL, how about stop eating sweets? this will help your body as well as the farmer. Sugar cravings are one of the main reasons people have a hard time losing weight and eating healthy.
Sugary treats trigger our brain’s reward system, flooding our neurons with the pleasure chemical dopamine. We feel awesome as a result but we instantly want more, as dopamine also gives rise to craving. And this is why some scientists now consider sugar to be a legitimately addictive substance. And Sugar has also been proved to be a cause of Diabetes.

An India Today Television investigation has revealed that it is not. The real culprit is the state’s policy that encourages production of water-guzzling sugarcane. Each kilogram of sugar requires 2,068 litres of water which translates to 2 million litres of water per tonne of sugar.


Is sugar the new drug?

When compared to the IPL, the numbers tell a different story. One IPL match in Maharashtra consumes 0.3 million litres of water. That comes to 6 million litres of water for 20 matches which further comes to only 0.0000038 per cent of water required for sugarcane growth.

What’s more, some of the biggest sugar barons in Maharashtra are powerful Netas (politicians) cutting across political lines, which essentially means that no one questions the sugar cane lobby. Is this not similar to the cash crops grown in Afghanistan or British India. Isn’t Sugarcane becoming the New Opium?


Groundsmen watering the pitch at Wankhede.

Yes it is criminal to waste water on Cricket field and those 19 matches should be shifted from Maharashtra but what about the 500-1000 people who are employed for eight weeks every year outside the stadium, inside the stadium. Food contractors, the guys making flags outside, T-shirt makers? The Indian Premier League (IPL) contributed Rs.11.5 billion ($182 million) to India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). A sizable chunk of this comes from Maharashtra. In times like this where people are reeling from drought and shifting from agriculture as well as beef industry because of the beef ban, it’s equally criminal to deny people their right to alternative employment.

Last year during September Maharashtra Govt. had banned cultivation of Sugarcane in Marathwada which was extended to some districts of North Maharashtra and Western Maharashtra, which too were facing a water crisis.

So why don’t we change our lifestyle and stop eating sweets thereby not pushing pressure on the farmer or our decreasing ground water levels? A ban on Sugarcane cultivation maybe is the way to preserving us and our environment.