What a sorry state of affairs for an event touted to be the biggest sporting event in India since the 1982 Asian games. Besides the infrastructure woes, the recent report of the CVC has put the entire organizing committee of the Commonwealth Games (CWG OC) in bad light. Reports indicate bizarre deals as if things are being auctioned for charity. How else will one explain figures like Rs 9.75 lakh to rent a treadmill for 45 days, or a corporate umbrella for Rs 6,308 and hold your breath, tissue roll for Rs 4,138. The list of misdeeds run into many pages with a host of grossly overstated bills. What is shocking is the brazen manner in which everything is being justified.
No wonder the Commonwealth game’s budget has also overshot. The extra money may well have been used to line the organizational committee members’ pockets. This is something where all political parties are painted with the same brush. Press reports reveal some of the BJP members are also participants of the graft. Some opposition parties did create chaos in the Rajya Sabha protesting against what they see as the diversion of funds meant for Scheduled Castes towards Commonwealth Games expenditure. I think the Congress has followed the dictum of ‘aadha khao, adha feko” strategy from the yesteryear comedy “Jane bhi do yaaro”. And within the Congress itself, rivals are taking potshots at each other, forcing Madam to wield the whip. Are potshots being taken because they actually feel money is wasted or does it have to do with something else, still related to money?
I don’t know for whose benefit the Commonwealth Games are held. The money being spent for the Commonwealth Games should have been better spent in improving aam aadmi ka infrastructure. Building one stadium will not mean that we will start producing the Olympic swimming champions. And look at the irony; the Commonwealth Games has itself lost its significance. The Queen has a packed schedule and will not be present in India for something that was conducted for benefit of the empire. Perhaps Prince Henry will represent the royal family.
Sadly speaking, corruption has reached every nook and corner of the country. Majority turn a blind eye to the rampant corruption as if Yeh Sab Maya Hain. Those who have come across the Mayan calendar will know that the earth is going to undergo a major transformation on 21-12-2012. Search the internet and you will find enough dope on 2012, which talk about the day of reckoning kind of situation.
I’m sure the world will survive but we need a transformational change – one that will improve the moral image of our country. With such high levels of corruption, I hope we can assume that from hereon things can only improve.
We in India are still trying to look towards the sun which is setting instead of looking at the sun which is shining in India itself. The India shining feeling will fall flat on its face if we don’t improve the moral quality of our leaders. The classic example is that of many African states where leaders are venal and use every opportunity to make money for themselves till the society collapses.
India is making all the progresses not because of our government but in spite of governments like these. India is a classic example of individual brilliance, collective failure. It is a tragedy that Indian individuals have a great vision for themselves but as a country we lack a vision. Worse still is that our Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, who is considered a person of high repute and integrity, is turning a Nelson’s s eye to all the corruption and looting happening right under his eyes. As a leader, he ought to stand up and put his foot down, otherwise history will not forgive him. Sadly, it looks like we have to wait for some disaster or near collapse which will force reforms.
The government of the day led by Dr. Manmohan Singh needs to act. The Indian population is not stupid; if this situation continues for the next three to four years, the government will be booted out of power. The public will take time to realize but once they realize, they will put their foot down and ensure action at the ballot box. If the government is hoping that mere NREGA, without showing the semblance of good governance, will bring them back to power, then they are in for a rude shock.
Let the real games begin.
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