Bollywood and Cricket (And FIFA too) are bread and circuses of our times. Keep common men engaged in entertainment and they will be least bothered about depleting natural resources, govt corruption, pollution etc.

This is how Roman rulers ruled Rome. Now almost entire world is ruled like a Rome. India no exception.

“Bread and circuses” (or bread and games) is metonymic for a superficial means of appeasement. In the case of politics, the phrase is used to describe the creation of public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or public policy, but through diversion; distraction; or the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements of a populace, as an offered “palliative.” . The phrase also implies the erosion or ignorance of civic duty amongst the concerns of the commoner.

Bread and circuses will remain part of society forever. It is upto us, whether to succumb to them or live life with self-respect.