Can history help us understand Srinivasan’s need for power?

BCCI president N Srinivasan is a clever man. He must be. To have been able to control all the politicians in the BCCI, to unite them and to have even had them all pulling in the same direction – he must be a genius.

So why is it that he fails to see the simple truth – his time is up? Why does he continue to cling on to his chair? Surely, at this point, it’s no longer about pride or proving a point.

Does Srinivasan fear that not staying in power could mean that more ‘enthusiastic’ skeletons could come tumbling out of the closet? Given what’s happening now – there is a very real possibility of a witch hunt which may be driving Srinivasan to say, “I have done nothing wrong,” over and over again.

But then if you haven’t done anything wrong Mr Srinivasan, what do you fear? We attempt to understand the BCCI President's need to remain in power through a few quotable quotes of the knowledgeable, the misguided and the powerful.

 Can history help us understand Srinivasan’s need for power?


“Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.”
― John Steinbeck

And that is where the whole angle of more skeletons finding their way out of the closet comes in. At some level, perhaps Srinivasan is buying time and desperately trying to clean up his act before someone else takes over.

“It is not truth that matters, but victory.”
― Adolf Hitler

But what is victory for Srinivasan at this stage? Is it the innocence of Gurunath Meiyappan or is it his own innocence? Or is it simply to see Indian cricket emerge unscathed from this entire mess?

“No matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth.”
― John F. Kennedy

For a long time, Srinivasan’s words were the truth for many. However, now they have begun seeing him in a different light.

“The measure of a man is what he does with power.”
― Plato

And what did Srinivasan do with power? He abused it. The Indian team’s performance went from great to bad, from bad to worse. Worse still, the closed politics of the Board became common knowledge.

“We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.”
― George Orwell, 1984

Power is said to corrupt; to give people an unreachable high. But now, Srinivasan is perhaps pushing the envelope a bit too much.

“Some people still think knowledge is power.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby

The fact that Srinivasan is still in power shows that knowledge means nothing without true power. All of India’s media, the Sports Ministry and other BCCI officials have been ‘asking’ Srinivasan to step down. But he refuses to budge. So what good is knowledge?

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Updated Date: May 29, 2013 20:36:02 IST