Sep 23, 2010

CWG: Completely Wasted Games

True to the Indian style of working, we are again fashionably indifferent.

Now even as I begin to write about the mess that we have let ourselves fall into, I remind myself that I am an Indian too and I must resist the temptation to be truly cynical and or biased against all things Indian.
We after all, love all things Western, you see.

But how is it that we never saw this coming?
Most countries advertise Games and huge events like this must in advance building up to a crescendo, but here we are pathetically indecisive.
Like a deer caught in the headlights, yet again. We failed to pick the ball up in what appears to be an easy way to win International support and admiration of Sports in India.

We have stumbled across of an 'Aarushi of Politics' here, with tons of News reels already spent in lampooning what is arguably the poor man's Asian Games.

Now, going against the tide, I would like to be optimist.
I would like to think that we will manage to crash land within deadlines.
Or maybe, Mr Kalmadi may pull a rabbit out of the infinite potholes and submerged Delhi villages to give us the Games to be proud of.
Or maybe, he and his political cronies will be able to eradicate Dengue just in time for the Games or at least immunize every living creature entering Delhi.
Maybe, we will be able to convince all the 171 countries to send in their strong teams.
And maybe, we will be able to get an 'hmm, I'm sufficiently impressed!" gasp from the visiting delegations.
(But with the way, nations around the world are pulling out of the Games, I wonder how many people will even turn up to see any of the 'wannabes'.)
And maybe, there will be enough security to prevent another Munich from happening.
And maybe, the World will finally sit up and take notice...
Ah Crap, who am I kidding??!

Games or no Games, unless there is a major overhaul in the people at the helm of affairs of this incredible Country, we will always be known as that Nation that failed miserably at every major chance for redemption.
Why is it that we can't feel the stench of defeat and work on never repeating our follies?!

Be it natural calamities or a man made disaster, we are always stupid enough to not foresee and prepare for the future.
We could excuse ourselves for unforeseeable acts of God, but the Games didn't just happen to us. We bid for it (and I can only wonder who ghost wrote the presentation for the bid) and won. Fair and Square. But what do we do after that? Relax. Yes Sir. That's the way we work. Mr Kalmadi & Co. perhaps thought the bid was the toughest part and having won it, thought the Games would take care of itself, pretty much like the millions that they stashed away in secret accounts.

Our neighbors must be having a gala time laughing their gills, bladder and kidney out at the major mess 'Big Brother' has landed in. I know they are. I would be too if I was not an Indian myself.
Pakistan must be thinking “Man, this is fucking awesome!” Sweet revenge from God after Indians snubbed them at the IPL and then when the Australians refused to tour them.
The Srilankans must be wondering why Indians are so flaccid about everything.
Nepal and Tibet.. well, the less said about them, the better. They must however be thanking that for once, they have something else to laugh about besides their own sorry government.
China. Well, the Chinese are gently patting themselves in the back for the wonderful way they handle events like this. They might be infamous for the spurious quality of food and appalling Human rights record, but after having wowed the World out of its collective socks with the brilliant show of technology and timeliness, with the Beijing Olympics, I think they are on a winning spree here.

The last I heard, they handed over the Asian Games village and stadiums 2 months in advance of its November, 2010 schedule.
Truly Well done, China! Even Poland beat us to organizing the Euro 2011, I read.

Thank God that we are find satisfaction in mediocrity and are unlike the Japanese who would rather die than to deliver a half baked product.
Thank God that we have politicians who rather improve their own GDP than the Nation's.
Thank God we have voters who sleep with the enemy every 5 years.
Thank God for Cricket else the only reason why we'd have any stadiums would be to host politicians and their Republic Day parades.

I am sorry, folks, I meant to be the evergreen optimist but with all the muck going around, I am going to cross my fingers and hope to dear God that this Games meets all the hot air that is being promised.

But if the Athletes manage to dodge all the bullets and the Superbug, they can at least make the most out of an all expenses paid trip to !ncredible India, while we on the other hand will have to live with the ignominy of having hosted the worst CWG in its history. Bravo India, Bravo!
Though this image has absolutely no connection to CWG, found this when I googled for 'CWG Corruption'! China and Korea must be patting themselves in the back for the way they hide their human rights violations.
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