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Monday, August 2, 2010

Commonwealth Shame 2010

Though I never have any liking for the grand old party and its politicians, for once I am supporting Mr. Mani Shankar Iyer on his views and comments on commonwealth games.

Holy Shit! I mean what on this earth is the reason to burn thousands of crores of rupees for a game, which does not have any standing at the world level or relevance for a country like ours? Oh did you say Delhi metro and International Airport? Sorry mate. I just can’t buy this argument that Commonwealth games brought metro rail and international airport and other infrastructure improvement to Delhi. What the hell is that argument? Can’t we develop our cities just because we want to develop them? Only games can bring such development? If so, do we need to have such games hosted in each of our cities to have infrastructure upgrades? My bloody foot. That’s CRAP.

I may sound like a traitor but I won’t be disappointed if Commonwealth games turn out to be a fiasco. Yeah that’s matter of shame for me as an Indian but at the same time; a nation which is always in slumberous mode or prefers to be an ostrich while awake, we need something drastic to wake us up. Though it may not yield anything in long run (as usually our conscience and concerns dies very soon), at least there must be furor for a while. At least some head should roll. At least someone should be held accountable once in our political history. My worry is if games are conducted smoothly, all the wrongdoing will go unnoticed and even worst, there will be demand for hosting more and more of such games in future. We certainly don’t need / deserve such games. Period.

Let’s look at the other aspect. I do agree that such games can bring lot of tourists and revenue; puts you on the world map, gives you great sporting infrastructure for future and whole bunch of other benefits. However, all these stands true for any other nation on this planet except ours. After all, there must be a strong desire; sincere and honest efforts, excellent planning and political accountability to drive home such benefits. However for a nation like ours, such events are nothing but a great source of corruption for a whole bunch of people to take home millions and million paid by poor taxpayers like you and me. Guess what, nah, we aren’t even surprised about this mess. After all, we are a morally bankrupt society and corrupted nation. Nowdays corruption is in our DNA. Corruption is part of our life – just like oxygen.

If you bother to look around, London is going to host 2012 Olympics and guess what; a lot of infrastructure is already in place and being tested. Glasgow is going to host 2014 Commonwealth games and if you guessed that work is already in full swing for early completion, you are spot on. Compare this with our great nation! Its 62 days to go before the game starts and here is harsh reality -

Nehru stadium’s ultra-modern roof reported water leaking; just after being inaugurated! There is water puddle inside the stadium, in corridor, at changing room; player’s longue has to be completed! Ideally, infrastructure should be ready a year ago so that 1) its tested well in advance 2) It gives local athlete enough time to prepare at the actual venues. After all, there is no other reason why it’s called “home advantage” and usually host counties have lot better performance compare to when they are not hosting such events.

Aha and I just saw on a news channel, a road gave up and caved in – half of Honda City was right inside the gigantic pothole! Damn!

Now let’s hear what our politician have to say about these issues except being in denial mode 24x7.

LOL… This has to be one of the funnies comments made by a Minister and truly reflects Indian mentality. Out 74 years old sports minister Mr. M.S. Gill; who had few days ago condemned preparation of the games; all sudden changed his tune and recently said - hosting such events are like arranging marriage of your daughter. There will always be lot of things pending till the last moment and you need to wrap it up for a successful event. Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez! Can somebody on this earth explain to us idiots like me, what is this lame excuse for last minute preparations in 2010 when the marriage venue and dates were finalized way back in 2003!

Take another one and this has to be one of the poorest, sleaziest, hopeless, useless, senseless, bullshit comments of the year. As soon as Nehru stadium was inaugurated and there was water leakage from multiple corners of state of the art ceiling. Now Mr. Jaipal Reddy, who inaugurated this venue, said : “This leakage is at only some places. For rest, it’s not leakage, it’s the system designed to get rid of excesive rainwater!”!!!!!!!!!!

Now 1) Either we really want to find out architects of this world class facility, who designed this world class water leakage system to get rid of excessive water and to ensure it falls right inside the floor of the stadium OR 2) We suggest our beloved minister has his mental checkup done ASAP to avoid any further verbal Diarrhea.

It looks like WEALTH is the only COMMON thing about India hosting Commonwealth Games 2010.

It’s not a game. It’s NATIONAL SHAME.

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2 comments:

Sarang Date said...

Mihir, your feelings are shared by many more staunch Indians and vivid sports lovers across the nation. This is really a shame and a sorry state for all of us. Apathy towards other sports than cricket, scandals, casual organizations and add corruption to that. Too bad.

Biraj said...

I was vaguely aware of the flop show happening with the games.. & wasn't surprised then, as like corruption, even indifference has become a part of our DNA to an extent. :|

But if so many preps are lacking just so close to the start of Games, then the state of our preps is undescribable.
I ALWAYS have faith for things to get better...but guess having faith for Indians politicos & the system to act responsibly & honestly is a faith I shld let go of.....

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