No doubt Lalit Modi is brash & brazen but super brainy. This daredevil man is called “Super Computer” by his ITC staff. A force of nature, as several victims are reckoning, while they hastily consult top legal wizards, hoping to save their own skins, he dared to challenge anyone who disagree with his correct intentions. But fall out is that as he never bothers of the grave repercussions of such organised “gangs”? I remember genius sports administrator IS Bindra once saying –“To write off Modi would be an act of ignorance at one’s own peril.”
1/3 Just was sent this magazine just released in #india. I must thank the editor and author @satmis119 for a very accurate piece of #journalism after a long time. Much appreciated and to the editor of @powercorridorsmagazine 👍🏻🙏🏾 jai hind. pic.twitter.com/PqnUCp3pzH— Lalit Kumar Modi (@LalitKModi) August 13, 2022
The fact is that from Sharad Pawar to Arun Jaitley and Vasundhara Raje to N.Srinivasan everyone used him as per their suited time & opportunity and dumped him immediately when questioned. He is the victim and not the villain. A peep into their cupboards would reveal countless skeletons. These spineless ministers, ex-ministers, and cricket administrators baying for his blood are more in chase of money! Shortly after IPL 2010 ended, Modi was suspended from BCCI after being accused of misconduct and financial 'irregularities'. BCCI launched an investigation against him and banned him for life in 2013 after a committee found him guilty of these ‘charges’.
He is Scion of a most successful business family which changed the face of the Indian economy. Lalit’s grandfather Gujarmal Modi was not only a renowned freedom fighter but also a major financer of India’s freedom movement. It’s strange to see unjustified, ignorant charges levelled at such an illustrious family and its inheritor.
In the past week, since making his relationship with Sushmita Sen Instagram official, Lalit Modi has barely had any respite. From being trolled for his looks to labelling his relationship as one motivated by money. He is at receiving end of trashy comments. While Sushmita Sen has been called a ‘gold digger’, Lait Modi has been berated for his looks, age and just the fact that he’s rich. As a result, both of them have had to defend themselves against trolls with social media posts.
Is it a matter of concern for the average citizen to know whether Lalit Modi continues to lead a hedonistic life partying his socks off in Havana, Ibiza, Venice, or wherever? We always get such diversions from time to time, to distract us from the real issues. Lalit & Sushmita’s age difference is not going to impact the dismal lives of the majority. These caustic remarks on social media are by those fringe people who’ve never known the couple and yet feel qualified to pass remarks on their decision to be together as they only see it as a materialistic transaction. For the ‘Sushmita is the better looking one, so she got someone with more money,’ or ‘Lalit Modi is not handsome looking still he got someone who would look good as an arm candy.’
As of charges levelled against him for a lavish lifestyle, one should realise that he has been born n brought up with a golden spoon. You can’t expect him to be docile and sober because of him having the post of -IPL Commissioner. The fact is that he never took anything at BCCI's cost. Yes, he might have used certain facilities here and there but all his flights, the staff that he employed and their expenses had been footed by him.”
Is it wrong for the person if he has a big bank balance in order to attract women? Do Looks matter if you are getting for silent support of a person, who is healing a great wound of a person, and what he has suffered in his personal life? Do a widower not entitled to love from a lady who is nearing 50? Why it is of anybody’s concern? Why did anyone didn’t question 33-year-old Superstar Rajesh Khanna, why he married 16-year teen sensation Dimple Kapadia? After all, Lalit Modi is also a human being and it’s not his fault if his bank balance is overflowing and because he can’t mingle and date, a Former Miss universe.
The moment Lalit Modi came out to accept his relationship with the former Miss Universe, people cut loose and started questioning Lalit Modi’s lifestyle by creating Memes and Reels, further tagging him as an ‘Old Man, not fit for Miss Universe. While some netizens are also questioning why Only Lalit made his relationship Official, while Sushmita his mum about it. Is it a clear case of Reverse Sexism and racial comment? A few years back even Kareena Kapoor was targeted for nuptial ties with Saif Ali Khan. Like Sushmita, she too was targeted for being a gold digger and marrying an ‘Oldman’, just for money. Some ignorant scribes came out with articles accusing Modi of living lavishly in London with dirty money earned through IPL. These fools don’t know the fact that he is born super rich and his 45-room mansion in London and royal lifestyle is since his birth. His pool of 50 Cars (including Roles Royal, Porsche, Ferrari, Nissan, Audi, Bentley, Jaguar, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, and Land Rover) is the subject of envy for any super-rich.
He was perhaps the only individual that had realised early on that the business of sport was unlike any other having the ability to ‘cut across all creeds and all castes’, which is why he decided to bring televised cricket through ESPN and then Ten Sports to India. Before that, he had brought DISNEY to India for the first time. He knew even then that live sport was one of the few things that Indian television viewers would soon mature and agree to pay for. Lalit knew even then the value of the broadcasting rights. He had prophetically told us that nobody was marketing cricket in India the right way.
After the super duper success of the world’s most successful business venture and Lalit Modi's brainchild –IPL, he was a most sought-after person from every field. Top honcho of the Political, Business and Entertainment fields were always chasing him for a company. During that period he was also Vice President of BCCI and his No Nonsense attitude ultimately clashed with then BCCI chief N. Srinivasan, who also owned the IPL franchisee Chennai Super King (CSK), which was a clear case of conflict of Interest. After everyone’s mood, N. Srinivasan did some chocolate changes, but those didn’t absolve him from wearing both hats.
Even after some compromise formulas put forward by Srini’s cronies IPL commissioner Lalit Modi put his foot down and refused to budge from his non-corrupt stand. This led to the hatching of conspiracy which resulted in some frivolous corruption cases against Modi. Though later on, all this resulted in the supreme court’s ire, which ordered Srini to resign from the post of BCCI President. This was the first such case in the History of BCCI. Modi never realised that nation’s top cricket body will be used as a tool to defame him with the so-called ‘Corruption’ Case. No doubt he took some hasty & quick decisions as IPL Commissioner, as those issues warranted immediate redressal. Later these decisions were ‘fabricated’ as ‘corruption by Modi’. Srini could do all these as he got the support of his deputy in BCCI Arun Jaitely, who was also a powerful finance minister with all agencies at his disposal.
After reaching a pinnacle Lalit Modi never wanted to be disgraced, so in a wrong move, he left India, to be away for some time, without realising that this act will give chance to all those opponents to go full throttle with much more damaging charges. Within time he was in such a situation, where he could be arrested for a “Crime” he had never unheard of. He had gone by the rule book in all his dealings and was clearly a victim of a "witch hunt". All sorts of conspiracy theories got recklessly tossed around as Lalit Modi kept up the fusillade, making sure he didn’t skip a single name from his little black book. REAL Truth is that he became a victim of Fact-illiterate electronic media and ignorant social media. Naïve cub reporter’s overzealous writings fuelled all types of theories which are still continuing.
November 29, 2005, was the Golden Day written in the annals of Indian cricket. Under the visionary leadership of Mr Sharad Pawar, a new team took office. Improving infrastructure, marketing the game correctly to monetise it, settling the all-important TV rights issues, new player contracts, finding a suitable team sponsor, and bringing transparency and professionalism into the functioning of the BCCI was the simple agenda laid out then by Mr Pawar. And Lalit Modi, as one of the youngest-ever BCCI Vice Presidents, took up the challenges wholeheartedly…and Rest is history. It was Modi’s dream to make “Indian cricket the most powerful brand in world sport” and he did it most successfully.
He brought all his learning to bear during the all-important Television Broadcast Rights of the BCCI. He knew the television companies’ balance sheets inside out and it was incredible to watch him simply call everybody in and played one against the other. Importantly, it was Modi’s experience that had helped him arrive at a base price of US $ 430 million — which once again made many of my detractors publicly ridicule his business acumen! And all those accolades were for one person and one person alone — namely Lalit Modi. Incidentally, in the four years prior to the arrival of Mr Pawar’s new regime and Modi, the BCCI’s income was estimated at US$ 67m and within a matter of a year, the BCCI had passed revenues of over US$ 1 billion.
After IPL Modi turned his attention to improving the level of cricket and its infrastructure in his home state of Rajasthan. The Rajasthan Cricket Association under his leadership opened the doors to a spanking new Cricket Academy, which was truly state-of-the-art and even today is looked at by many a cricket administrator as a Global Centre of Excellence in Cricket. Next Jaipur’s Sawai Mansingh Stadium was completely refurbished and modernised for the new Indian cricket fan. In fact, I have no doubt in my mind that it was these changes instituted by Modi in terms of giving the Rajasthan cricketers the very best-in-class global facilities, that helped the state of Rajasthan win their maiden Ranji Trophy crown in 2011.
Even UK Court has ruled that it's unsafe for Lalit Modi to return to India. They noted that Modi through his businesses was able to help the “economic well-being” of the UK and the potential economic benefits of his stay are “legion”. An Upper Tier Tribunal in the UK while declining a Home Department plea against a lower court order allowing Lalit Modi’s continued stay in the UK had observed that the former IPL chief “was the victim of circumstances outside his control” and that “it will be putting his life in danger by asking Modi to return to India.” The July 2013 order also notes that Modi’s continued stay in the UK had “relied upon the Tribunal’s order” and ruled had “neither been manufactured nor contrived”. Relying on the evidence furnished and statements of witnesses in favour of Modi, it had observed that there is a “very real risk that he may well face in his home country”.
People may question why he never left English shore to face the allegations in India but the truth is that apart from the fully hostile Political/Cricket ‘revenge’ in the form of the Enforcement Directorate, he was also facing a REAL safety threat from powerful cricket betting syndicate for resisting their entry in IPL. He was on target of the underworld’s Betting mafia. When Modi had mooted the IPL, there were not many takers at the time and nobody cared for domestic cricket. But the fact is that ultimately it's BCCI, that benefited the most out of a world-class sports organisational wonder.
All said and done, all I would say of Lalit Modi is that he is a sharp and hands-on administrator. A very good communicator; very clear about what he wants to do or achieve, charismatic and capable of carrying people along. Always bubbling with energy, his own set of ideas and opinions. Simply put, he is a go-getter. Whether you agree with him or not, he had the charisma and the marketing acumen to set the world alight with his achievements. And you would only ever write Modi’s epitaph at your own peril. A case-in-point is his re-election to the Rajasthan Cricket Association which could well see Modi take guard for a potential second inning and one can only wonder what this marketing maverick will do from here on. I am only too hopeful for what the future holds for Lalit Kumar Modi.
I know him he is a fighter and would fight till the bitter or sweet end and come out a VICTOR with Truth.