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The Three faces of corruption


The world can think of India, whatever it wants. What an Indian thinks of himself – and his country, is more important. To me, at least.

Harder, quicker - and poorer!  |  Cartoonist Ajit Ninan in Ninan's World on 30 Jul 2010, 1301 hrs IST; image source & courtesy - timesofindia.com

Harder, quicker – and poorer! | Cartoonist Ajit Ninan in Ninan’s World on 30 Jul 2010, 1301 hrs IST; image source & courtesy – timesofindia.com

Corruption in 3 new flavours!

The latest hot-button are the Common Wealth Games (CWG) – and the corruption, it is engendering!

What everyone is agreed upon is that CWG is about India’s prestige. It is agreed by all, that  India needs  to put up a good show. Like what Beijing did some months ago, during the Olympics.

India is on ‘show’ – and a ‘good’ show is what India must put up! What will the world think? And I agree. India is on show.

But not in the manner above.

Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!

The world can think of India, whatever it wants. What an Indian thinks of himself – and his country, is far more important. To me, at least.

This hankering for attention is pathetic. Especially, for the world’s oldest  civilization. Morally, wanting prestige by hosting international sports events is skating on thin ice. Very thin ice. Prestige, without doing anything substantial. Definitely corruption in my book.

Deeper and more problematic than  pocketing some money!

One: The corruption by Indian netas. These netas are trying to buy prestige for themselves among other leaders of the world. Why did Vajpayee bid for these stupid games? Could the Kawngress not get a clean bureaucrat to roll out these games!

This cartoon is worth much more than a 1000 words!  |  Ajit Ninan; 26 Jul 2010, 1249 hrs IST; image source & courtesy - timesofindia.com

This cartoon is worth much more than a 1000 words! | Ajit Ninan; 26 Jul 2010, 1249 hrs IST; image source & courtesy – timesofindia.com

GFFIM

And in all this The Protector of the Indian interests, the Great, Fearless, Free Indian Media, (GFFIM) goes along. Ambles along.

For the last six years, GGFFIM (and many others, too) ignored the CWG issues – till it was too late to do anything. They have raised CWG issues 60 days before the games. What  earthly benefit will this give us?

Kalmadi & OC Team seem less guilty to me – at least, lesser than Indian media?

Is the media not being mercenary and opportunistic? Trying to encash on readers’ anxieties and insecurities? What was Indian media doing for the last few years!

Two: The corruption of the media – which is creating anxiety and worries by raising issues when it is unproductive. They should have raised this issue when something is possible.

Chasing dinosaurs in a swamp

Putting up a good CWG show will make not one whit of a difference to the world.

Anyway, who knows or cares any more, about the British Commonwealth? The idea of bidding for this ‘privilege’ escapes me. Completely.

The nearly Rs.30,000 crores that have been spent on a new airport, games villages, new stadia, chasing away Delhi’s beggars are bad ideas. All of them.

And a waste of money.

Money taken away from people, who have so little of it anyway. Is there one fibre of morality in this extortion from the poor!

We as taxpeyers and voters want the 'prestige', pomp and splendour, but not also the pleasure of nitpicking.  |  Cartoon by Ajit Ninan; 3 Aug 2010, 1343 hrs IST; source & courtesy - timesofindia.com

We as taxpayers and voters want the ‘prestige’, pomp and splendour, but not also the pleasure of nitpicking. | Cartoon by Ajit Ninan; 3 Aug 2010, 1343 hrs IST; source & courtesy – timesofindia.com

Promoting sports they say!

India must be a great sporting nation, they tell me.

To impress the world, I guess! Good at British sports, milord? And who will be good at Indian sports – like polo, chess, kabaddi, horse-racing?

Why are we desperate to do well at British sports? How will that make us a better nation? Or make an Indian think better of himself? How much do people care for these Great British sports? The reception given to victorious cricket teams displays our bankruptcy.

Pretty much what Organizing Committee-CWG was doing. Taking the short and easy way to ‘achieve’ their objectives! Dubious and shady objectives.

Three: But, most importantly, is the corruption within us. Why do we want prestige and respect without doing anything substantial? Hosting CWG games as a shortcut to prestige or approval is a terrible idea.

After this kind of circus, pocketing a few crores seems so harmless – if not some fun! I would even say …

Just deserts! And this leaves me in a dubious position of having Mani Shaker Aiyar on my side.

Not the best of company to keep!


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  1. A fan of your blog
    August 6, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Good post. Unless I missed something, I did not catch the 3 flavors of corruption in the title.

    The great Indian media circus is playing a crucial role here. I agree if they had been vigilant before, we would have a better outcome. Kalmadi is a scoundrel and a thief. He has done nothing for Pune (from where he has been a sitting MP for last many many years) and has effectively run a wonderful city into the ground due to lack of ideas, planning and vigilance. He has done nothing for Indian sports either. How he has managed to keep his seat in the Lok Sabha completely beats me. It has been through his connections with the High Command and settings with Mr. Pawar, who owns the state (literally).

    I will not be surprised if the CWG are a complete fiasco, and even secretly wish they are. Why should we try to impress the racist Aussies and Brits anyway? I hope that, given the media exposure to substandard construction and corruption, countries start pulling out of this farce, citing reasons of security. That will be a tight slap in the face of these corrupt folks. This also points to a problem with leniency towards corruption in India. No one is ever brought to book and this corruption juggernaut pulls along in full strength.

    When you superimpose a western idea of democracy on a predominantly feudal system, this is what you get. A hodge podge of mostly bad things, where feudal system is supplemented by an election process every five years.

  2. MrSingh
    September 29, 2010 at 6:20 am

    Good one!

    Atleast we have three more abbv. for CWG DELHI
    CWG now being dubbed as Corruption While Gaming!
    CWG Compensation While Gaming
    CWG Clogged Water Games

    Pick your best, while we figure out rest!
    Remember to march forward with “Justice/Peace/Truth always”!

  3. September 29, 2010 at 7:44 am

    A fan of your blog :

    Good post. Unless I missed something, I did not catch the 3 flavors of corruption in the title.

    One is the corruption by Indian netas. These netas are trying to buy prestige for themselves among other leaders of the world. Why did Vajpayee bid for these stupid games? Could the Kawngress not get a clean bureaucrat to roll out these games!

    Second is the corruption of the media – which is creating anxiety and worries by raising issues when it is unproductive. They should have raised this issue when something is possible.

    But, most importantly, is the corruption within us. Why do we want prestige and respect without doing anything substantial? Hosting CWG games as a shortcut to prestige or approval is a terrible idea.

  4. samadhyayi
    September 29, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    speaking of indian games. i once saw on doordarshan sports channel. a badminton like game like the one played by jackie chan in one of his movies. it involves a something like a feather cock. but no racket is used. in stead the players hit it with their heads and legs. like football. this was wonderfully acrobatic just like jackie chan. it is a pity that i dont remember the game. when i saw that game. i thought man. how many secrets are there in india. that game was played i think in adilabad district of Telangana state. there are so many secrets in india. and they are going to be buried forever. if we dont protect them. if anybody had seen that game . they would have thought that we had 10 -20 jackie chans while china has only one.

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