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Commonwealth games: Indian media’s tease but dont tickle approach

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on September 24, 2010

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.”

Source: Hindu

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.

New Zealand trashes Aiyars bribe charge

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 :

  1. Not referring to Kalmadi as Congress MP, they call him IOC chairman
  2. Not referring to Gill as Congress MP and Sports Minister
  3. Arnab of times now has never used the words Congress in his countless shows
  4. Referring to Delhi CM, IOC,Sports Minister – all from the Congress party as “politicians” instead of “Congress politicians”
  5. 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 :

  1. If I support the games : its like supporting corruption, cronyism, luxury flats for super rich, companies holding land banks
  2. 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.

Seen near

Kids seen near Jawaharlal Nehru stadium


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  1. Oldtimer said, on September 24, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    >>Politicize it.

    Exactly. What is wrong with “politicizing” anyway? The government’s media drum-beaters seem to think “politicizing” is self-evidently evil. To the contrary, in situations like the current one, “politicizing” is the most effective tool in the citizen’s hand to inflict damage on the looters.

  2. Prashanth K.P. said, on September 24, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    CWG – an epic disaster. That is what it is. 70,000CR looted out of tax payers money. Apart from a 17,000Cr accountable expenditure, the remaining 53,000Cr remains a huge mystery. Was this fiasco needed for a Country that has over 60 million hungry mouths, over 40 million living under Rs.20/- a day? Most certainly not. Why project to the world a sycophant India, a make-believe India, an India that is nowhere close to what it deems to be. Now that we are almost buried in it, wait for it to somehow conclude and before the heat dies, bring all those dorks responsible for this gigantic daylight robbery under the jurisdiction of law.

  3. Ankit said, on September 24, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Haha, I quite like the ‘tease but not tickle’ analogy. As close observers of media have seen countless times, and as people at large heard being told in Peepli Live, media is a just another profession. These guys are there to make money. Money is to be made by getting wider coverage, hence the outrage on the channels. But money is also to be made through bailouts from government, through advertisement from government departments and also from the good old through brown paper bag. Hence the pleas from anchors to not ‘politicise the issue’.

    They think no one will find out the drama, at least some of us do 🙂

  4. ghanesh said, on October 4, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Another media trick that I observed.
    It is loud and clear that Charles declared the games open first, however TOI and hindustan times clearly headined that it was President and Prince declare the games open.
    While The Hindu and Manorama clearly mensioned that it was Charles who declared the games open.

    I wrote a comment in TOI and it was edited, I think seriously something wrong here.

    Many Indians are with this question that why should Charles declare open when India is host?

  5. Arjun said, on October 4, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    This may appear off-topic, but think about it.

    I have been driving in Delhi for the past 21 years. Being a car enthusiast, I always keep track of the kind of cars on the road.

    In the last 2 years, there has been a sudden jump in the number of expensive cars on Delhi’s roads. These are mostly:

    – Honda Accord/Civic
    – Toyota Camry/Corolla/Innova

    Looks like we hard-working dilli-wallas are suddenly making tons of money! 🙂

  6. seadog4227 said, on October 15, 2010 at 2:52 am

    Today’s(15/10/10) headlines in the Slimes “CWG: Mission Accomplished 101%” or words to that effect. The Slimes leads the pack of low-down, stinking, rotten,mean critters by whitewashing the mess and corruption created by the Kkangress.

  7. Revathi said, on November 9, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I hope that all the people who have been involved both directly and indirectly will be brought to book including those at the highest level. Instead of looking into whether the money was spent correctly, Iyer criticized the decision to hold the games-something he should have done when it was being bid.

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