CWG: Playing with our money

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August 10th, 2010 Joydeep Ghosh

Kalmadi, Darbari… and whoever else is managing the Commonwealth Games is making… oops, has already made a mess of it. And success or failure of the event does not count.

Every debate on television channels only highlights our lack of preparation. The debate between Congress’s Manish Tewari, BJP’s Kirti Azad, Ashwini Nachappa and Sanjay Jha in CNN-IBN was quite disgusting.

The way Tewari and Azad were screaming at each other at the end of the show was pretty cheap. In fact, the latter was quite controlled for most of the show before he lost it.

But there is something quite funny about the Congress. When anything goes wrong, their spokespersons are quick to point out that it is the UPA government’s problem. I don’t know how they will react if something goes right.

Well, can’t blame them either. In the last one year, there haven’t had many reasons to celebrate. Despite the 200-plus seats and 2,000-point salami by the Sensex on their victory, things aren’t too rosy.

Since then, only bad news has dominated. Naxal killings, railway accidents and Bhopal gas tragedy have taken up most headlines. On the economy front, things are not so good either. Inflation is up, so are interest rates and the Sensex’s stuck.

So money-making is no longer easy unless you are a crook. And the CWG mess proves it. Hiring treadmills at double to price, inflated costs on building stadiums… even toilet papers have not been spared. That too, for a series of sporting events in which we figure nowhere, internationally. And ‘Mahim ka Champions’ don’t count.

Yes, we are decent in a couple of them and have even won Olympic medals. But in most others, we are laggards.

And the blame lies with organisers, not sports persons. All the sports associations are manned by people who have no knowledge of the game. It’s not good enough to “have played basketball in college” or ‘following World Cup Football on television’.

Anyway, am I paying for this nonsense? Yeah!

But I don’t remember paying a cess. Like there was an education cess, why wasn’t a CWG cess introduced? At least, I would have known that I am being officially looted.

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8 Responses to “CWG: Playing with our money”

  1. Joydeep Ghosh Says:

    Thank you all for the comments.
    Mr Gupta: ‘Suvidha Shulk’ is a great way to describe corruption. Actually, to think of it, we are so used to giving that Rs 50 to some policeman, another 100 to someone else that it should become a part of our monthly budget. In fact, people say that if someone does not take money, he’s sure to delay the work.
    Kalyan: How we all wish to see a simple P&L account of the government. Maybe, someday…
    But what is worrying is the nonchalance of it all.

  2. bs gupta Says:

    We all know corruption is the biggest monster facing this country. But what we here about this “loot” in CWG opeartions is beyond all proportions. Taking on hire the trade mills at the cost of the machine, paying for Queen’s Batton Rally three or four times the normal rent are not corruption issues. Corruption what we understood till now is 10/20%” Suvidha Shulk ” , but it is extortion and embezzlement of public property in a most brazen way. And see the audacity and stubborness that in the face of all this Kalmadi refuses to quit. How shameless have we become. And i agree with “highroller” that it is a team work where every one takes shelter in other’s misdeeds. When shall we get the real freedom from these monsters.

  3. Romisha Aggarwal Says:

    This was something which was bound to happen in CWG. It is shameful. All the bureaucrats and politicians are simply using this opportunity to fill up their own pockets. Even today there are many regions in New Delhi where the much hyped metro work is not yet completed. God knows when will it be done. The city is quite dusty. Forget the developments, one cannot find a single autowallah here in the capital who would give you ride on the meter basis. There are many loopholes, government needs to look at. And Joydeep, please do not float this idea of CWG cess. As bureaucrats will love to pick this idea too for obvious reasons.

  4. r k g Says:

    Dear All,

    Its the time to wake up and get up and make a pledge to shake the KARTOOTS of Kalmadi under the present Govt .
    In the name of Desh ki Ijjat several thousand crores have been spent on something which could have have improved the life of thousands of people living without basic means

    All this sounds O K if the AAM ADMI and the common man basic needs are at least taken care of in terms of basic essentials.

    Lets do our bit and expose every such thing which comes to our notice through twitter,face book,any other means so as to enable the high ups understand the real hit at ground level .

  5. highroller786 Says:

    It is not jst one man show, a very big team is working on it, Kalmadi is jst a politician, he jst get the feedback of what happens, he is not a single culprit, if anything goes wrong. All the bureaucracy involved in this project must take stringent steps to show their fine work.

  6. D.V.V.S.MURTHY Says:

    Wasting of Public money in the name of Common Wealth Games is highly condemnable, when there are millions of starved Indians lying in the streets of Indian Cities and Towns. Why this sort of gambling is being done in the name of Common Wealth Games. We are not yet a developed country to host such expensive games. We Indians should oppose these games as they are organized without taking people into confidence. The rampant corruption that is going on the name of CWG is much evident. The Government does not care to develop cities when there are no games. It is only when organizing international games such as Asiad and CWG does our rulers think of developing the host cities. Why this is happening because we people have forgotten to raise our voices. We are just busy in our daily bread and butter. Like Gandhiji has said “Where there exists any kind of injustice, corruption lets do our Satyagraha. ” Why we Indians have forgotten to raise our voices as we have done during freedom struggle. Gandhiji has rightly said , it is does not matter who ever ruled India whether it is white or black but we should raise our voices for any injustice, nepotism and corruption. The people of India are being taken for a ride by our own leaders. Sometimes it seems that the Britishers that ruled India are much better than our present Indian politicians at least the former were strict in implementing the rules and there was a fear among the bureaucrats and employees for taking bribes at that time.

  7. koshy Says:

    Kalmadi has his head under water. Yet he is unperturbed. After all he has Gill(s) which help him breathe. Quite fishy. Maybe CWG should be read as Congress Wrecks Games.

  8. Kalyan Says:

    I dont want to see budget numbers or vague forecasts about some mumbo-jumbo economic statistic. Will at least one of the honourable member in the Parliament kindly make this request on my behalf — Government should publish a simple profit and loss account and balance sheet that clearly shows, how much of tax was collected, how was it used and what my country’s assets and liabilities are. Keep it simple. And make sure every tax payer gets a copy of these statements every year and we will show what we can do in our AGM, only in this case the AGM will not be annual but once in five years.


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