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Ashamed to be an Indian

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This is the first time that I have said that. I haven’t been as ashamed during the match-fixing row as during this fiasco called the Commonwealth Games (CWG). Its shameful to see how so many crores of the tax payer’s money has been literally thrown down the drain.

What with foot-bridges collapsing, unhygienic loos, stray dogs sleeping on beds, stagnant water bodies, and incomplete buildings – this is the status when barely two weeks are left for the CWG to begin (I haven’t even gotten started on the ‘alleged’ non-payment of minimum wages to the labourers). Preparations have been going for more than a year. We were faced with blocked roads beacuse of construction going on in various placed – whether it was for the metro/ infrastructure/ stadiums but we took it in our stride saying “Its for the Games”. 

Now I see it was all a sham. Kalmadi & Co. were busy filling their pockets while making empty promises in the air about this being the best Games Village ever or that it would be even better than the Beijing stadiums built for the Olympics. As my friend Johnnie has put it, “The Beijing stadiums have been hailed as examples of ultimate modern engineering in National Geographic/ Discovery; while CWG infrastructure shall be featured in the same programme as engineering disasters. but who cares – we’r on tv right?” And Mr. Bhanot says that hygiene levels are different for each person. Scotland spoke of stray dogs and faeces while England said that the toilets were being used by the labourers. One athelete (from Australia) has pulled out of the CWG citing security concerns while Australia and New Zealand have said that they cannot put up their teams in such unhygienic and unlivable conditions. I am now wondering what disasters shall happen during the CWG. I hope we don’t have to hear about any women athletes being molested (or even worse raped), or any theft or our brillaint autowalas misbehaving with the vistors. What the hell is ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’?

I had my fingers crossed all through the past year that we would pull it off. I f0ught with people who said the CWG was a disaster and the money would have been better spent on the development of the country rather than hosting the CWG. Now I wonder if they were right? This is a national shame.


Written by SupMM

September 21, 2010 at 11:45 pm

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  1. Well said! Am so disgusted that for the first time i think i’d like to get involved and file a PIL – these morons need to be held accountable. They cannot be allowed to tarnish the nation’s reputation & we shouldn’t have to sit and continue paying for their gross incompetence.


    September 22, 2010 at 12:01 am

    • So true. We ought to begin with filing an RTI to know how much was spent on what in the CWG


      September 23, 2010 at 9:31 pm

  2. Such a shame Supps. Seriously, I think every Indian has been shamed by what the CWG has done!! This is worse than what terrorists could have done to India! Pitiable. The bas****s could have pocketed some money and atleast done a decent job. they’ve shamed us all so much!!


    September 22, 2010 at 12:42 am

    • I so agree…it must be worse when your away from home and you want to talk abt your country with pride but just can’t


      September 23, 2010 at 9:32 pm

  3. Ashamed to be an Indian…

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    September 22, 2010 at 8:44 am

  4. I dont even want to talk about it, its that disgusting…i dunno when will out netas understand tht the least one shud do is take care of the country that gives u so much!!


    September 22, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    • I so agree…all of them should be shot dead.


      September 23, 2010 at 9:33 pm

  5. My morning started with a colleague ‘ribbing’ me about how the games were heading towards disaster and how many people had pulled out. It sucks when you don’t havee ANYTHING to say in defense.


    September 22, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    • Ya I know what you mean. I wnat to be proud of my country but at times like this its just so hard


      September 23, 2010 at 9:34 pm

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