mid-day editorial: Clubbing sense and sensibility together

Published: Nov 16, 2016, 08:10 IST | mid-day correspondent |

Mumbai club news has become a hot button topic, given the changing nature of what hits the headlines

Mumbai club news has become a hot button topic, given the changing nature of what hits the headlines. Now, clubs with their prestigious member base, coveted contracts for food and beverages, sports stadia events, big names on the membership roster and ego battles within the managing committee, have become subjects of voyeuristic interest. The controversies within these institutions have spiralled dangerously from in-house problems to police complaints.

Now the tony Breach Candy club with a Rs 1-crore membership fee is taking up newsprint with simmering controversy spurting to life. A faction of members are taking on a former chairman accusing him and his cronies of being wheeler-dealers, favouritism in memberships, goon-like behaviour and causing losses of more than Rs 20 crore to the club in three years.

This is the pattern rather than the exception across the city. Clubs everywhere seem riven with divisions and unhealthy dissent. Powerful members from an influential section try to play the media and, later, scream unfair when they claim their side is not represented.

It is time for clubs to become more professional, given the mammoth profile they now have. They must remember that there are people within the club who are wooing the media quite assiduously for personal gains. Suddenly the club’s matters have become public and there is tremendous onus on the office bearers to conduct themselves with dignity. They should have done that anyway, but now, it has become imperative because they are under the unforgiving glare of the spotlight.

Try to stem the rot within the club, be thoroughly professional with the media. Remember that you are now in the full glare of the public eye. Much of that is your own doing.

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