You know I truly deeply, madly hope that the colossal international embarrassment that comes in lieu of hosting the CWG in Delhi serves as a trigger to cleanse the country of slack administrators and corrupt officials.
Corruption,lackadaisical administration,no attention to detail,Yamuna over flowing, Dog feces,bridge collapse,shoot out,athletes pull out,and lets add a few more – like the games called off,the venue banned, and the country’s international image gone for a complete toss… well we wont be far off the point on the fate of CWG.
Hosting an international event with so many obstacles is only proving to the world that we are not yet ready to host a global event. Unlike say a South Africa or a Singapore.Where infrastructure and preparedness take a different meaning…and perhaps a different level of perfection and sophistication. The attention to detail is exemplary and the execution is near perfect. Now whay cant we do the same? Is it because the people? Or the attitude or the skill set or is it just about how we are?
A direct contrast to this is the cricket world cup or large cricket tournaments – which at least on previous occasions has proved to be a grand success. How everything fell into place like clock work even against the most trying circumstances.How suddenly perfection suddenly crept into the same set of people, well maybe not literally same set of people, but certainly the same ilk.
So why cant we replicate the same precision for the CWG ? Lack of interest, skill or outlook? Or maybe it s the just the set of people involved.? You know for people living out of India sometimes it gets extremely uncomfortable when someone else remarks about your country.More so, since you know it is true.
Basically the point is – we are so busy dealing with problems internally that we seldom spare a thought to see the world outside.We rarely spare a thought of how our contry’s image will suffer on the global diaspora.People are busy with their own survival and existence that the global outlook is lost and somewhere relegated to the foreign ministers or the ministry of external affairs.
On the contrary there are countries that dedicate their time money and energy towards projecting a great global image – as their smart administrators know – a great global image will go a long way in attracting global business. This argument does not hold true for some people in India as global business is already happening so what’s the big deal? What they, and unfortunately so, don’t realise is that what we see know is a just a fraction of the possibility –imagine the fully optimised potential.!
Therefore it leads me to believe,presume,and develop a bias ,that the average Indian is all about his immediate life and existence,let the country run with the people who put their hands up- after all we can always criticise them later on for letting our country down.
The debacle of the CWG is as much the failure of the administrators as much as it is ours,as regular people and our myopic outlook.Our careless and senseless behaviour towards our country and its image world wide.
But you know, we are also a country of mass momentum.If we can generate a mass momentum be it for cleanliness or anti corruption or even civic sense, then the change will be quicker than you can imagine.All of us need to do it together and once it starts rolling there will be no looking back.
PS – I bet Pakistan media is going to go hysterical about CWG and how India was unable to pull off the show and establish a link to how bad the Indians are and how good and misunderstood lot they are…or their sports authorities are.!!