Sunday, October 3, 2010

Commonwealth Games - whitewash already on

For the last couple of days email forwards bearing brilliant photographs of the various stadia in Delhi renovated or built for the Commonwealth Games and a Kennedyesque exhortation - "Don't ask what India can do for you, ask what you can do for India!" - by the much admired former president of India, Dr. Abdul Kalam, are doing the rounds. Obviously, an attempt is being made by the concerned people in the government and or CWG organising committee to invoke people's pride in the great effort that has gone into organising this mega-event. And if we are proud of an achievement, we can not be nitpicking at the same time.

But don't these organisers and their handlers in the government know that the people of India can not be fooled any more? Let the games be over on the 15th of this month then they will hold the government to its promises to investigate thoroughly all complaints of corruption and dereliction of duty and punish the guilty irrespective of the high offices they may be holding. The prime minister himself is committed to not letting the guilty go unpunished. My advice, therefore, to all these wrong-doers would be - don't waste your time and energy in doing a whitewash, plan and prepare for your legal defence instead because this time even your political masters may not be able to save you.

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