Commonwealth games: Indian media’s tease but dont tickle approach
Jarring to revolting.
The range of my reactions, when Mani Shankar Aiyar takes the moral high ground on the Common Wealth Games fiasco. It is bizarre that a person who seems to be opposed to having the games at all levels was appointed the sports minister for 4 long years.
He feels so strongly about hosting such events that :
“I am delighted in a way because rains are causing difficulties for the Commonwealth Games. Basically, I will be very unhappy,” Mr. Aiyar said in an informal chat with journalists, “if the Games are successful because then they will start bringing Asian Games, Olympic Games etc. Those who are patronising the Games can only be evil. They cannot be God.”
Not only is he opposed to the event, he has problems with everything about it – from the location to the housing scam. He also tried to fling some trash in the direction of the BJP led NDA on the issue of bribe of $100,000 to secure the games. This cost us a total of $7M but the media is repeating this all over the place without restraint on using the word bribe. Luckily some native English speaker shut him up.
“The funds referred to are preparation grants that have been officially sanctioned by the Commonwealth Games Federation as part of Commonwealth Games bids for both the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games,” said Ashley Abbott, NZOC communications Manager in a statement.
Most countries wanting to host the games would be willing to pay up.
Okay, now back to the sports minister. You have a sports minister who is opposed tooth and nail to the event and is actively stonewalling the organizers. This is what Suresh Kalmadi and others have claimed. This means that we have an impasse.
This is where things turn truly interesting.
What happens when two departments reach a dead lock. They escalate the issue to a higher authority. Now, all these creatures are from the Congress party and they understand what higher authority means. So nothing stopped Aiyar from traipsing over to Rahul or Sonia and presented his case. Did that happen ?
If he did not escalate the issue and resolve matters on time, he just sat on his ass and stonewalled the entire project, which is what Mr Kalmadi says he did. If he did escalate it, then higher powers in the Congress party sided with Kalmadi and eased him out. That is obvious and he will break in a second if the media pushed him on this. Yet, they dont. This is the tease but dont tickle attitude on the media when it comes to the Congress party.
More media tricks :
- Not referring to Kalmadi as Congress MP, they call him IOC chairman
- Not referring to Gill as Congress MP and Sports Minister
- Arnab of times now has never used the words Congress in his countless shows
- Referring to Delhi CM, IOC,Sports Minister – all from the Congress party as “politicians” instead of “Congress politicians”
- Not calling out Aiyar on his promise not to open his mouth until October 15. He made a zipping action over his mouth a few months back.
This post is getting long, but a question dogging Indians now :
- If I support the games : its like supporting corruption, cronyism, luxury flats for super rich, companies holding land banks
- If I boycott the games : betraying athletes, letting down solemn commitments to international sporting bodies, boycotting poor workers who sweat it out
I do NOT support boycotting the games. Cheer our players. Enjoy whatever the games offer. The people who scammed us really do not care whether we boycott it or not. Invoices have all been paid.
The best punishment for these Congress party ministers is : spread this conventional wisdom.
The only tool available to us to show our disgust is the voting booth. Do exactly what the opposite of what the media is beseeching you to do.Politicize it.
Spread the message to the free agent voter. This is exactly what I had said we should do after 26/11 but I will keep trying. I do not want the media’s exhorts not to politicize it go unanswered.
In any other country, such a humiliation at tax payer expense would have led to it becoming the number one voting issue and resulted in ouster from power (and hence draining all mojo). Not here.
Politicize this for the sake of these kids who were seen near the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
They paid for it and got international humiliation.