A lot of people in my country are angry over how the Commonwealth Games (CWG) has unfolded. And that was what prompted me to start this blog in the first place: to reap the crops of whatever seeds were sown in it.
Yesterday night, the seeds were of anger. I was seething at the utter INCOMPETENCE of some of the ’official’ statements!
For one, when the New Zealand contingent said that their quarters were ’filthy’ (that was the exact word used), the gentleman from the organising committee (OC) responded that the level of hygiene being demanded by these athletes was higher than ours! I’m paraphrasing here, but he said something like "The living conditions are good enough for you and me, but they are demanding a higher level of hygiene."
But then again, the games village is supposed to have WORLD CLASS facilities! So are we to assume that the OC got the mere definition of ’world class’ wrong? If yes, then no wonder that they got everything else wrong! And if no, then how come the contingent has a photograph of dog relieving itself on a bed meant for the athletes?
This was also the day of the collapse of the bridge leading to the main venue of CWG. It must have sounded like the breaking of the morales of a billion people, or their souls being crushed under the burden of sorrow, embarrassment and what-will-you by those people who had taken it on themselves to
This was also the day when an Australian news channel aired a sting operation on one the security at the CWG venues! Apparently, one of their journalists came to Delhi, bought the condiments to make a bomb, and walked straight into a CWG venue without being held for a security check even once! The best example that the Delhi police can put up if ever the CWG had an event called ’incompetence’!
If it were up to me, I would scrap the games right now to avoid any further embarrassment to the country. And then head hunt each person responsible for its failure! No, I would not be satisfied with the small-time scapegoats, but would hunt down the big game, and make them pay so dearly that the any other person trying to mooch off the taxpayers’ hard-earned money would shudder at the example!
But I don’t. Then again, some of these powers lie with the Prime Minister, so lets see what he does with all this. And this is my shout-out to the youth of the nation (forgive the allusion to the POD song): If you don’t like what he is doing with the country, get out of your houses during the next general elections, and give him a piece of your mind! That is probably the only way you can avenge the wrongs he or any other politician has done to this country!
PS: Yesterday was also the day MC Mary Kom returned to India after winning yet another world title. I would dearly like to see her face to face with Vijender Kumar, engaging in a verbal pow-wow over how two similarly talented people from the same sport receive very different treatment from a country obsessed with a different game!