The Oxford-educated IFS officer turned Congress politician, Mani Shankar Aiyar—the man who introduced the word ‘limpets‘ into the political discourse—has flung a small pebble into his rasam tumbler, by publicly asserting that he would be “unhappy” if the Commonwealth Games in Delhi are successful.
Furthermore, he has said those who patronise the games “can only be evil, they cannot be God.”
Aiyar’s reasoning is that the Rs 35,000 crore that he alleges has been spent on the Games could have been better spent on children instead of splurging it on building and renovating stadiums, decorating roads, etc, that Delhi seems to be merrily doing in the name of athletes of the Queen’s former colonies who, by a not so curious turn of fate, have decided not to avail the world-class facilities which so far have been proved to be decidedly third-class.
Additionally, Aiyar, who opposed the Commonwealth Games as sports minister during UPA-I and actually hailed the loss of India’s 2014 Asian games bid, says it would be good for the country if the Games fail because that would stop the Asian Games and Olympic Games and other such global circuses from coming to India.
As if to underline the point that the penultimate resort of scoundrels is to take cover under patriotism, the Games’ organiser, Indian Olympic Association bossman Suresh Kalmadi, has termed Aiyar’s comments irresponsible and called him “anti-national”.
Questions: Is Mani Shankar Aiyar “anti-national” for saying what he did? Is it wrong to question a mega event, sporting or otherwise, merely because the nation’s name and prestiage is attached to it? Or is Aiyar merely playing to the exclusive corporate box at 10 Janpath?
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From surveys and views across newspapers and the Internet, MSA, (for once) reflects the majority view in India.
If this is anti-national then possibly the majority of India’s middle class is also anti-national.
Considering how much Kalmadi and co. are going to embarrass the nation with their incompetence and outright corruption with these games, it is a bit rich to tag the detractors anti-national.
As far as improvements in Delhi’s infrastructure goes, the Delhi metro predates the CWG, and the CNG was implemented thanks to Court orders. Besides, bangalore did not need the Games to bring about changes in the mass transit system by introducing low floor buses et al. Airport upgradation and improvement is happening across the country and the Commonwealth Games are no catalyst towards the same.
A massive loss of face in the international arena should expose these pieces of sh!t who routinely loot us. to public embarrassment and hopefully a good, old fashioned mob lynching.
Any infrastructure being built for the CWG goes into the economy and provides employment to people. Sorry, I cannot call this a ‘waste’. Now that we have decided that we are hosting CWG, we better do a fuckin’ good job. I wouldn’t call Aiyar ‘anti-National’, but he’s an asshole to “hope” for the CWG to be “unsuccessful”.
It is impertinence to say that Mr.Iyer is “Anti National”. Does it mean that any one is a “National”, only if they support the game ?
I think since the time we hosted the Asiad during Indira Gandhi’s time, we only have the buses bought then which still lumber between Mumbai and Pune. It did little to improve the quality of either sports or sports management.
It did not even give us the skill sets to organise an event – we have that blundering Suresh Kalmadi with the gift of the gap and networking who is screaming all is well with the CMG. I am sure everything would have what we call ‘thook polish’ for the duration of the game, if we are lucky and the entire infrastructure would collapse within months as the roads crumble in Mumbai after the first shower.
>MSA, (for once) reflects the majority view in India…
Who says so, IMO, even National Games have been useful in enhancing infrastructure in some of our cities. Do you want to know about pre & post national games Koramangala or Gacchi Bowli.
calling the games a circus just implies that MSA does not atttribute any importance to sport. On the other hand, seems as if unless we are organising some cricketing event, we make a complete shabby mess of organising sports events… Alas, seems that along with more and more of the Indian population becoming “middle class”, we have also learnt to accept mediocrity in quality of work as being “world class”. We have successfully gone from being hard working to being inefficient, callous, lazy and bureaucratic. Kudos to us all. … SIGHHHH!!!!
Aiyar has a point. But when is the last time a government pumped crores into sporting facilities in the hinterland and they actually saw the light of the day? We are a nation of thieves. If they had spent the same money on stadiums in hinterlands, a lot more corrupt guys would have made money. Only some big guys are making money spent on commonwealth. Aiyar is speaking for the relative majority which did not have a share of the dough.
BTW, Is this poll for kongas or kannadigas?
NO! He is very realistic. We cannot afford all this extravaganza when people are suffering in India without Roti, Kapada & Makan. This present exercise has only helped some rich people become richer. I read in an article that the renovation of the Nehru stadium was costlier by about 300%, compared to having a new stadium.
The Congresswallahs should stop behaving like the chaddi gang and stop calling anyone who doesnt agree with them or their madam and their lunatic policies as anti national.
We are a democracy and everyone has his rights to an opinion. Even though i might not agree with Aiyar’s statement.
he needs some attention so just throwing some useless press releases.
I think views of Mani Aiyer will find takers from an overwhelming majority of tax paying Indians.
*Contractors and politico sports assn officer bearers exempted.
It is impertinence to say that Mr.Iyer is “Anti National”. Does it mean that any one is a “National”, only if they support the game ?
A true patriot is one who protects his country from its government. But, Mani Shankar Aiyar is no patriot. He is merely a chamcha of Madam.
There are 2 aspects to Aiyar’s concern:
India hasn’t been able to tap the economic potential of sports (leaving Cricket), like it has done in Cricket or Information Technology. Hence money spent on sports doesn’t yield profits in India.
Imagine, track & field events being as popular as Cricket and now count the profits Indian’n Govt would have made from telecast rights by selling to a private sports channel.
Failure in sports doesn’t mean India must stop trying. Maybe India will do well in Olympics someday.
Coming CWG, can’t understand what purpose it serves for India. CWG is game to celebrate the glory of once British Empire. Can’t understand why India must celebrate its slavery days.
MS Iyer is died in the wool Socialist, who has all his nuts tuned by some communist philosopher. As such, It is impossible to change him, thus he is best kept in the dog house – which is where he is right now…
MS Iyer is an idiotic, Class 1. He is merely doing the bidding of Madam Sonia. It looks like Madam Sonia and friends have missed out on the monies that went into the CWG preparation (infrastructure and other expenses).
I am sure even Simple must be aghast at the sheer dissonance exhibited by his Team with regard to CWG. Simpole of the Secular Bailey, where are you?
are we really democracy??? i never voted for CWG and no one bothered to ask us if we really want games…. :(
One thing for sure we are addicted to celebrate even slavery days.
Looks like Money Shankar I-err didn’t get his share from Kalamity
Democracy doesn’t mean that government has to ask your vote for every single decision it takes. Its just impractical. Instead, you vote for the right candidate and hope for him and his party to take the right decisions for you.
“Democracy doesn’t mean that government has to ask your vote for every single decision it takes.”
Exactly! Someone ought to explain the meaning of democracy to people like Vikram.
I would have done the same thing as MSA. Although he is nothing but a typical Neta… He once in a while says the right things. His stance on any major sporting event hosted by India is completely agreeable. Anti-National… they all are. Remember the coffin scam? It cannot get worse than that. Or can it?
That Kalmadi has dug so deep into the system that his legacy of corruption, incompetence, greed and squander will persist when he’s long gone. I’m sure he will ensure his kith and kin will takeover from him, one way or the other.
Kalmadi seems to have been at the helm for so long that I can’t remember anyone else preceding him. What has he got to show except for these huge contraptions that are worth nothing in real value when you take into account the investment gone into it? Any real improvement on the number of athletes that can compete at international level?
35000 Crores would have made a big difference had it been put in some other scheme to alleviate poverty and children’s education. No doubt leeches would have still sucked out of it. Nothing ever is spared in India from Kickbacks and that is given.
I will be happy if the games are a complete mess. That way at least the other big circus of Olympics can be avoided in future.
@ Vinay and Manoj
people of democracy need to know that this money is citizens’ money and not a donation for fun or entertainment… Sleep on you half blind people…. you go to office and do no work… it shows in your ways of speech. back them for all the wrong and hope tomorrow india will be a better place to live… dream on gabby guys. dream on..
Mr Iyer is 100% right.
I wish the CWG a massive failure.
I have to say
It is not for the sake of political considerations or squandering away money or a tirade against Mr.Kalmadi.
It is the government’s apathy towards the poor – A Government that talks of ‘aam admi’s’ upliftment and welfare has decided to spend money on CWG ,only as a matter of national pride !
We as a nation take pride in organizing games, sending rockets and satellites to moon and several other similar missions BUT are content to read/see in the media reports and wish away the facts that innumerable problems afflict the country,which I need not recall.
Are there not enough problems to deal with in India
That we host CWG and create a new host of problems ,which are surfacing with each passing day !
We are a nation who take pride in having 4 cars , real estate in six cities and abroad ,shopping in malls ,eating out regularly, flouting traffic and other rules, pay under the table to get work done, showing off designer clothes and looking for opportunities to earn money by illegal means ,
The government’s policies have changed the mind set and priorities of masses , broadened the economic gap between the ‘aam admi’ and the haves.
Mr Iyer says he will keep quiet up to the end of the games .
I am keenly awaiting 15th October 2010 !
When you can’t defend your words with logical reasoning, you get into hurling personal remarks. What do you know about me to comment on the way I work or anything that I do. Look at your comments again and see who is gabbing here.
In my comment I didn’t even say anything about me supporting or not supporting the games. How did you come to the conclusion that I support the games.
I stand by my words. Democracy doesn’t mean that there will be a voting for every decision government has to take. It is both impractical and impossible. Democratic government can take sane decisions only when the elected people’s representatives are good enough (means, people vote for the right candidate) to take those decisions for the people. You choose the wrong people (or not choose at all, by not voting) and you end up with wrong decisions.
In a country of 1.2 billion, if you expect the Government to come to your doorstep and ask you about every decision that needs to be taken, you are having wet dreams.
And as far as ‘going to office and doing no work’ is concerned, your speech shows me that you molest women and young children on your way to work. my powers of decoding one’s personality through text typed on the internet is almost as good as yours, you see!
you are right about and i do agree with it but it is a question about 35,000 crore and this is way big amount that they have spent without citizen’s concerns. In democracy every point of view is counted not just two or three. if we were true democracy we would have at least 10s of political parties not just 2-3 gangs of scammers.
have a good day and get well soon.
vikram j Kulkarni:
“if we were true democracy we would have at least 10s of political parties”
Are you on drugs? We do have hundreds of political parties – and they do have a fair chance of power. Maybe you vote only congress/BJP each time, so you don’t see the SP, BSP, CPI(M), JD(S), DMK, AIADMK, etc. etc. etc. etc.
Your post does not prove that India is not a ‘true’ democracy – it proves that the USA (for example) is not a true democracy since it has only two parties. And it proves that you do not know much about democracy or politics.
“In democracy every point of view is counted not just two or three.”
I want to hear a solution from you – how do you intend to make this possible? Let’s hear some constructive suggestion this time instead of nonsense talk of ‘going to office and doing no work’.
I am not supportive of the stand taken by Mani Shankar Aiyar. But I think he is pointing to the fact that such a big amount is spent on Games and that also not in a right manner. This amount could have been used for other “XYZ” Gandhi Yojnas.
IT would have alteast ensured that 15% of the total money wud go to the poor.
why is the poll in Tamil?