Friday, January 9, 2009

Politically incorrect-Threat to Cricket icon M.S. Dhoni

So Dhoni has been threatened by a local goon. Taslim, who has demanded Rs. 50 lakhs from Dhoni as protection money. The police have deputed a posse of 45 police personnel to tighten security around Dhoni.

Now, I an admirer of Dhoni. And I do believe it is state’s duty and responsibility to protect Dhoni. Why Dhoni, but every citizen for that matter. The Question is at what cost? And who’s cost? Would police have deputed such a large number of personnel had an ordinary citizen made such a complaint? They would have sent a couple of constables to an ordinary citizen’s place, and that would have been that.

Dhoni is a big shot. Dhoni is an asset to Indian cricket. And that is exactly why he needs big protection. The state should provide it. But at his own cost. He earns millions in cricket and endorsements. Police should provide him protection at his own cost. He can more than afford it. In present scenario he is enjoying this big protection at your and my cost, the honest tax payers.

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