‘A devil’s idea from hell’s labyrinth to ruin us all’

SUNAAD RAGHURAM writes: Switching on the telly late yesterday, at an hour when the beat policeman had perhaps blown his tenth whistle for the night, I watched with bemused disgust the morbidity of the mandarins of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) organising committee led by Suresh Kalmadi.

The television showed pictures of half-complete stadia in various stages of almost irreparable dereliction, their pylons and multiple tiers exposed in all their brutal nakedness, maimed, battered and contorted by the shameful acts of uncaring ineptitude of  men who do not simply care even for a moment what it means to the pride of a nation to botch up the preparations for one of the most important sporting competitions on the world’s calendar.

Suresh Kalmadi and his band have shown to the world that ours is a nation where governmental bodies run by politicians can so easily, and without as much as a sliver of accountability, mess up anything they are assigned to achieve; one where gravediggers of the kind on show wouldn’t think twice before picking up shovels in the dead of the night to dig their own mother’s grave looking for the trinket she wore on the day of her burial.

A nation where the slightest opportunity to make money from projects funded by the exchequer is explored in all its dimensions with the never-say-die spirit of medieval bounty hunters; one where denial in the face of charges and simply shameless justification in the heat of enquiry is the usual fallout of the whole morass like the one the nation is presently faced with, courtesy the hosting of the CWG in Delhi.

A nation that does not know its priorities, a government that is so pathetically bereft of a conscience that it thinks nothing about literally blowing up a whopping, heart-stopping Rs 28,00 crore on putting together a sporting extravaganza where the medals list will eventually have so few Indian names so as to be rendered completely disproportionate to the monies invested to have these games in India.

A nation where a tragically large number of citizens live below the poverty line with a mere daily morsel of food becoming the equivalent of the finding of a precious nugget after unendingly long hours of toil in the harsh mines of their regular day to day existence; where infrastructural realities paint a scary and grim picture of urban existence with the vehicles of consciousness having veered off the track, seemingly not able to come back for ever.

Did we ever need to host these games?

Are we such a rich country and an athletic superpower that the track burning feats of our athletes shall be written in gold on the plaque of time for the rest of the world to be in awe of?

Can we simply afford to have so much money going into the making of mere play grounds, which in reality, is what grand stadiums are all about, for the enjoyment of a few in the midst of the unspeakable sufferings of many?

In a country which is surely not among the most advanced in the world and where the index of corruption displays such demeaning figures that to keep our heads high at the angle that god meant them to be is itself a conscious effort as we walk the national streets of sleaze, each day of our lives!

This is not to say that the pursuit of excellence in sport is abhorrent. The point is, a poor nation like ours which is still in the process of being built by half-baked, self-serving men and women who sit in judgment over our collective fate should prioritise when it comes to opening the ‘things to do’ list.

# How about striving towards building an excellent network of roads across the nation?

# How about augmenting public hospitals and their capabilities so that millions can benefit from decent health care?

# And how about going full steam ahead and building many more court halls across the length and breadth of the nation and appointing legal officers to improve the justice delivery time frame? And how about computerising the functioning of the courts to the maximum extent possible?

# How about making education accessible to the common boy and girl by refurbishing the existing government schools and colleges all over the country and making them centres of true learning?

# How about striving towards ensuring uninterrupted power supply to the nation, in today’s age and time when technology beckons?

Just a few obvious examples of what Rs 28,000 crore can do to the fortunes of a country like ours, a nation in urgent need of repair.

Twenty eight thousand crores for high jump and long jump? The 100 metres dash and the 1,200 metres steeple chase? And for the 400 metres baton race?

That too in the hands of men who are, by the looks of it, genetically predisposed towards money laundering, cheating and account fudging?

And that too when the average Indian athlete, with genuine respects to those who try, is as good, especially at the international level, as a cowering mouse in the presence of a madly hissing cobra!

This cannot be anything but the devil’s idea from the labyrinths of hell to ruin a nation’s future.

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11 Responses to “‘A devil’s idea from hell’s labyrinth to ruin us all’”

  1. prasad Says:

    We require this and more for electing this Government, thinking that they may be better than the BJP lead one. We have been proved wrong. India was better off with Atal ji. The ruling party has lost direction and is only interested in making riches at the expense of the poor who also pay TAX.

  2. Alok Says:

    The fact that Suresh Kalmadi and co. have messed the games up beyond repair is not justification for never having the Games. It is always fun to tell other people what to do with their money so long as the same scrutiny is not applied to our finances.

    Organized well, within budget and with proper private sector participation, these would have been a grand success for Delhi and India.

  3. div Says:

    what crap is this? why are we bothered about our “reputation” so much with the westerners (who know what a mess India is anyway) when our own people are living like beggars — with no food, no electricity, no drinking water, no toilet, no good schools, no healthcare, virtually no policing or security but corruption and thugs everywhere? India should be renamed Banana Republic of India!

  4. Vinay Says:

    “Organized well, within budget and with proper private sector participation, these would have been a grand success for Delhi and India.”

    +1 to that. That is the whole point. The games by themselves are not a bad thing at all. We screwed up. Or maybe we should hold our pronouncements till the games are over. Who knows?

  5. Narayana Says:

    Why AR Rahaman’s song to go with this post..

    Better theme song would be one given below

  6. Rowdy-Ranga Says:

    A good lesson learnt… Next time if we decide to hosts events of this magnitude we have to make sure that there is no govt involved. With govt comes bureaucracy and this has been proven :-).

    with 3 weeks or so left i am hoping they can clean up the mess and depict a better picture of india.

  7. H.R.Bapu Satyanarayana Says:

    What can you expect from a govt which appoints a tainted ofFicer as CVC? People like Kalmadi and Raja thrives and that is why Maoists continue to kill and MPs give false statement about their assets

  8. shanks Says:

    I agree that Kalmadi and GANG has to be made accountable for. But the larger question is “Should we have these kind of Games at all…”, the answer is yes, no doubt the country needs more Hospitals, more Courts and more lavatories etc., But we can’t progress on a serial basis. We can’t wait till the last man in this country to have his meal before we start other planning. What we need is ‘Parallel” planning. Some time back we had a discussion on Dasara – should we have or shouldn’t we have. We need all, but we should have proper planning and people at proper places

  9. Anonymous Guy Says:

    Aldous Huxley once compared Indians to the old man of thermopylae who never did anything properly.

    Lets admit that we are incapable of doing anything properly by ourselves.

    Then we can start thinking of whether we need to have these games or not.

  10. harkol Says:

    Per today’s news, critical documents incriminating ex-member of OC have gone missing! And MMS and Sonia gandhi keep telling us CWG needs to go smoothly and punishing the guilty can wait!

    Why not? Afterall no one has been punished in Bofors case after 20 years – We are waiting aren’t we??

  11. Copernicus Says:

    Did we ever need to host these games?
    NO

    Are we such a rich country and an athletic superpower that the track burning feats of our athletes shall be written in gold on the plaque of time for the rest of the world to be in awe of?
    NO

    Can we simply afford to have so much money going into the making of mere play grounds, which in reality, is what grand stadiums are all about, for the enjoyment of a few in the midst of the unspeakable sufferings of many?

    NO

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