India’s Pride Common Wealth Games 2010

The collapsed footbridge in New Delhi

With just 12 days to go for the Games, a new foot over-bridge near the main venue of the Games, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, collapsed last evening, injuring 23 laborers, five of them critically.

The Games were meant to instill a sense of pride in Delhi, but many fed-up citizens are threatening to leave the city or take no part in the event.

The deadline for Delhi to be Games-ready was initially 31 March. After several extensions – first to 30 June, then to 31 July, then 31 August – it is now end-September.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit  said it would be the best the world has seen. But she has made a joke of our country.” With time fast running out, Mrs Dixit is seeking divine intervention. “It appears that Lord Indhra [the rain god] is unhappy with us,” she said at the weekend.

“I will appeal to him to bring some sunshine. If the rain stops and sun comes out, we will be able to complete the work by 10-15 September. Otherwise we will have to extend the deadline. “By the grace of god, we will be able to finish everything by 3 October.” If that does not happen, Delhi and India could be facing major embarrassment.

When one in three Indians lives below the poverty line and 40% of the hungry live in India, when 46% of India’s children and 55% of women are malnourished, does spending billions of dollars on a 12-day sports event build national pride or is it a matter of national shame? Are we really ready for such a show biz now?! Its a shame show rather a game show…


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  1. amarjeet

    If we are not ashamed of
    *Persons sitting in Parliament have huge pay packet per month than annual earning of a whole village of interior U.P. and many parts of the country.
    * We still need reservations for S.C. and S.T. and others while it was proposed for just 10 years at the time of making our constitution functional.
    *Patients in government hospitals have to wait for being attended by doctors, doctors are overburdened.
    *We have colonies (?) like Seelampur, Sawan Park where people live on road and in these streets no fire engine can come to rescue.
    *Our fire fighters, police persons all are over burdened.
    *People –work force that is making infra structure for these games is living in very bad (read inhuman) conditions.
    *When a huge population is homeless Yamuna Bed is occupied trickily by some …
    When we are not ashamed of any several issues then why we should be ashamed of if the Show called common wealth games get cancelled.

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