for our athletes,for Delhi, for our country, as a whole. It was a good 12 days. Glowing reports of sceptics getting converted and India delivering, against all odds. And we are all mighty proud of it.
And now can we please turn to matters that were kept in cold storage until the games were over? I do hope that we have not forgotten the corruption, the money mishandling, the delays, and the general mess that had to be cleaned up at the very last minute.
While we should really be proud of our athletes who did so well, despite the conditions that exist in India, we really need to now turn the focus to the organizers and try to figure out what really went wrong, because clearly lots of things did go wrong. Deadlines were missed, India’s reputation took a banging, and yes things did come together, but surely, it could have been much better. We could have done without all that chaos.
People justify the budget based on the fact that Delhi got such a wonderful infrastructure, the new airport thanks to the CWG. Which is all very good. I just happen to wonder how long this much acclaimed infrastructure will last. If one bridge could collapse, what is the guarantee that more will not? The thought is scary, worrying. More so because when we die, our powers that be are not as bothered as they are when the international attention is focused on them! So if it is not addressed right now, it is more than likely that it will get swept under the carpet and forgotten – completely!
I know a lot of us feel that corruption is a way of life. Several people I have spoken to have mentioned about how, we talk about corruption only when it comes out in the western media. To me, it is not about the western or eastern media. We all know that corruption exists, and more often than not, it gets pushed under the carpet. So when it does come out in the open, I think we all want to grab at that one chance to control it. What is done is done, but by doing an analysis and figuring out how much money has got siphoned off, I really believe, we will be sending a clear message that corruption will not be taken lightly. And that will be a small step in ensuring that a big budget project will not be treated as a money-making exercise by the people in power.
In this case, all’s well, that ends well, does not hold good. We need to know why we had all those issues cropping up. And if there was no corruption, no money being siphoned off, I am sure our government should have no issues coming out with the numbers, and the explanations for the questions asked.
Edited to add : The govt does seem to be making the right noises –Governement agencies ready to begin CWG probe