CHURUMURI POLL: Should India bid for Olympics?

Quick to parse and even quicker to praise, the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi has seen the media do a 180-degree turn. Months of corruption, inefficiency and ineptitude of the Suresh Kalmadi-led organising committee has been brushed aside by three hours of light, sound, colour, fireworks and techno-tamasha.

What seemed like a complete disaster in the making, with stadium roofs and athletes’ beds collapsing, is now being decreed even by the foreign media as “world-class”. Sheila Dikshit, who was staring down the barrel, is now preening on television, giving herself marks and lamenting Mani Shankar Aiyar‘s early departure from “hell”.

Commentators have raised jugaad to an Indian virtue, and already there is talk that India has showcased its best and beaten Beijing at its own game, etc. All of which begs the question, should India bid for the Olympic Games at this rate? Or are we being blinded by the ephemeral razzle-dazzle?

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16 Responses to “CHURUMURI POLL: Should India bid for Olympics?”

  1. prasad Says:

    If it is in the interest of the Congress goons, Sonia, Kalmadi, Chidambaram etc, “A BIG YES”! But if, in the interest of India and its people “a big no”!

  2. Narayana Says:

    Korea, South — Per capita income when they hosted Olympics in 1988 – $4465

    China, People Republic of — Per capita income when they hosted Olympics in 2008 – $3180

    Since India is between China and South Korea we should host Olympics only when our per capita income is above $ 3700 in 2008 terms.

    Neta log have taken home 76000 Crore rupees and have given us one big baloon :-(

    CWG will shine as long it does not rain on their parade!!!!

  3. DailyBread Says:

    “YES” if it is held in a city like Ranchi, Dehradun, Raipur, Capital of new Andhra or Yadgir (future capital of Kalyana Karnataka state).

  4. Bengalooru Haida Says:

    YES. But let’s cut a decent deal with the world Olympic council. Let’s make it clear that we won’t get into building of any stadiums, infrastructure, games vilage etc. Why take chances and get the egg on face again? Let it be known to them that we will hold a grand opening ceremony and showcase our soft power whatever. Anything beyond that would be harakiri. Afterall people and nations keep playing games all the time so why repeat it? Let’s just put on a great show!

  5. Mysore Peshva Says:

    NO. But if it does, Mr. Suresh Kalmadi should not be hired to consult from his cell where he’d be serving out a long prison sentence.

  6. twistleton Says:

    No matter which country hosts the games, the Olympics preparations should be OUTSOURCED to India!
    We will definitely perform better.

  7. Priya Says:

    YES. But with a LOT of BUTs. :)

  8. sunitha betkerur Says:

    A big NO,inspite of too many natural disasters we don’t need to add many more man made disaster like,collapsing of a bridge, building so on. people like kalmadi enjoy the comforts at the cost of lives of the common men.
    Have they worked out rehabilitation for the people of the villages affected by heavy rains,cloud burst?Let the nethas learn to face the problems at home .there is a saying in kannada ” MANE GEDDU MARU (OORU) GELLU”

  9. Goldstar Says:

    YES and NO. The Olympic sports events can be held in the host city. We can host the opening ceremony every time.

  10. DailyBread Says:

    Ah the crowd which has access to broadband & DTH will obviously say NO. Indian middle class now lives in virtual world…..

    Churmuri should ask these questions to construction labours, security guards, drivers, cooks, cleaners, and 100s of thousands of people who stay in slums of Delhi, who are direct or indirect beneficiaries of $ 15 B CGW budget.

  11. Goldstar Says:

    @DailyBread,

    We would ask the construction labours these questions if they were still in Delhi. Lots of slums in Delhi were cleared for the CWG. This was poverrty eradication, Kalmadi and Sheila Dixit style.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/09/AR2010070905437.html

  12. Kumar Says:

    What a laughable thought!
    India, rather cronies in the Indian political establishment must first understand what sport is. The same goes for the general public and media.
    First show some interest in sports of all kinds. Then try and learn to play it. the empty seats in the CWG stadia show the level of interest.

    We must become masters or at the least, perfect exponents of the game to a competitive standard. Then start winning medals consistently all around, not just a few disciplines. Then think about putting in a bid for the Olympics.

    The laughable thought is the idea that “India/Delhi has beaten Beijing at its own game”. Whoever comes up with these silly comments!? By what measure was the opening ceremony a success more than Beijing? I would challenge the scribes to look up the footage of Beijing Olympics and compare it with Delhi 2010 for measure.

    Indian media, the elite intellectuals and the think tanks are only good enough to compare our country and her achievements to another. These people don’t have the capacity to think of an India setting a benchmark for others to compare. Sadly, if you always only compare, then you are only good enough to end up comparing.

    Learn to walk before you want to run!

  13. DailyBread Says:

    Goldstar,

    That was garibi hatao congress ishtyle and there goes your Bangladesi votebank. I think SP and BSP will win all MP seats from Delhi in 2014.

    PS: Please dont diss Kalmadi in a public forum like Churmuri, he is a sports icon and hero from Karnataka.

  14. Curry Hurry Says:

    If the first family is still holding the reins then we will surely be bidding for the Olympics. At that time they would manage the cover up a little better.

  15. Jaidev S C Says:

    A big YES. If we can screw up so badly with CWG preparations rushing at the last minute even after having 7 years to prepare for it, we should definitely get the Olympics and screw up 100 times worse. At least then, ministers and babus will land up in jail for corruption and governments will be taken to task. It will be a showcase to the world and India will never be allowed to host any event of this magnitude again.

  16. jumgam Says:

    why compare all the time with china? We can pull off big events with better management of our resources and set a unique style that will connect people. but first thing first, thugs who loots public money should be thrown into jail first. Bring accountablity and responsiblity in the system. Corruption morally and materially is the issue which need to

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