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Commonwealth Games – Is there any accountability?

Commonwealth Games or CWG as they are popularly known in India, are being considered a success! After the initial media publicity exposing the scams of the games organizing committee, now everyone is silent!

CWG was considered as the moment of glory for India. It was supposed to be our arrival moment on the world stage. Delhi had prepared for this event since many many years. People say the prestigious Delhi Metro Project was started in preparation for the games. The huge development of Delhi’s infrastructure, the flyovers, the roads, the new airport, everything was part of one big plan. Well some of these things were well executed, but some were not. Media started the fire of exposing the corruption but now nothing is being done.

At one point it seemed the games will not even happen. Many countries were close to declining the invitation because of bad reported conditions in the CWG games. At this point many colleagues were taunting us regarding India. At that time, a part of me actually hoped that countries decline and CWG games do not happen. Being an Indian I knew that if CWG games do happen then no one will investigate the scam any further.

What we don’t realize is that why CWG failure can be so detrimental for India? A scene from the movie Philadelphia comes to mind “Say I gotta send a pilot into enemy territory… and he’s gonna be flyin’ a plane that costs $ million. Who am I gonna put in that plane? Some rookie who can’t cut it so I can see if he is up to the challenge? Or am I gonna give that assignment to my best pilot… my sharpest, my most experienced, my top gun… the very best I got? I just don’t get that. Would somebody please explain it to me… like I’m a six-year-old?” So when a country like India is supposed to organize the most awaited event for the country, who will be expected to be take the charge?? Well it was given to Mr Kalmadi!

Why does India fail like this? When India has one of the world’s best companies which excel at every angle, always deliver on time, excellent quality, meeting budgets, truly international standards …. then why did India fail in making CWG a success from the beginning?

The answer again is quite simple. India has 2 sides, one is government control companies and other are private companies. Government companies are like a monopoly and have basically no standards while private companies are truly international standards. CWG was being organized by the Government Monopoly and since a monopoly has no remorse, thus anything goes. All private companies have a reputation to protect in order to get repeat business. But with Government companies the monopoly exists because if any games need to happen in India then they will have to be organized by the Government Monopoly!

One thing which further remains unanswered is why Media is silent now? Searching on Google News for “CWG Scam” gives the latest result as of September 24th 2010, which is almost 2.5 weeks ago! We really need Media to stand up! Make a report with 1,000 pages giving explanation for every expense done by the CWG organizing team but make it. We need explanations and accountability for corruption. It is high time!

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