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Commonwealth Games: Wrong Priorities

Commonwealth Games: Wrong Priorities

Everything India does these days seems to be tied up with the elite’s self-perception of the country as an emerging superpower. Much of the angst over the state of preparations for the Commonwealth Games of 2010 in Delhi originates in the fear that India will show itself poorly to the world with inadequate and incomplete infrastructure. The frenzy with which projects are sought to be finished and the increased funding provided by the government suggest that this is the primary, if not the only, motive driving the government’s actions.

Reacting to a range of reports, including that of the Comptroller and Auditor General, that work on the Commonwealth Games projects were woefully behind schedule, the chairman of the organising committee, Suresh Kalmadi, stressed that the projects will be finished on time and that “India’s prestige will not be hurt”. He has accepted that some delays have taken place but has assured the country that work is being speeded up and all the infrastructure and facilities will be ready by October 2010 for the event.

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