Supreme Court verdict in Trivandrum Golf Club case proved once again, like Mullaperiyar, that even Government can win cases if it has a strong will. This case was by a group of wealthy and hence influential people for continuance of occupancy and possession of Government property of 25 acres of prime land in the heart of the city for their private use, to drink and make merry under the label of golf club. It is an elite club where ordinary citizens cannot afford to make entry due to exorbitant fees. The members are rich that the club could have easily managed 6 or 60 crores collecting from its 600 members and made their own golf club somewhere else leaving the encroached land. But they preferred to manipulate things to make false claims and unashamedly fought to wrest control of the public land to enjoy at the cost of the poor people, dragging the case up to the Supreme Court.
The determination on the part of the ministers was crucial here as it scared detractors, at the same time gave a fillip to the honest officials of the bureaucracy who enthusiastically initiated action and had put up a proper and systematic presentation of facts before the courts which paved way for the Golf Club coming into Government custody. Taking a cue from this success the Government should move forward confidently to evict legally all those who have encroached public land in the name of club, resort etc.
Golf is a lousy game invented by the westerners to get some sun in their cold climate. The poor Indians imitated it and considered it as a status symbol. How many of the golfers from Trivandrum Golf club representated in any of the tournaments? Forget tournaments, how many know to play well?