Sorry to chip in late, but I am quite disturbed as an Indian citizen and a person as well.
Countries like Australia and Pakistan are quite vocal about slamming Indians organising the Common Wealth games. It comes as no surprise to me atleast. After Indians slamming Australians on racist issues which are as good as proved, they needed their turn… and much before the games actually begins. Mr Hooper, passing the buck.. and the Indian politicians passing the buck very effectively. Where does the buck stop?
In even organising a simple event, there are bound to be mistakes and last minute preparations and changes. This is the first time for India, and not with standing with any low standards, we should be cooperating to make the games better and should maintain cordial relations.
The western Media (with a capital “M”) has been critical of us, and we are the ones who leaked information and gave them chances to slam us. But what exactly is the Indian media doing?
There may be corruption, last minute preparations..it is very easy to have negetive publicity. But the “Indian” media should decide what they wish to potray of India to indians as well to people outside India. Instead, I believe , an active and progressive media should take pride in the better parts and not focus on the one or two bathrooms of the uninhabited apartments! and the media should publicise the better of the Indian organisation, and boost brand India, instead of criticizing. I believe there will be enough occasions where they can showcase corruption and public hygiene.
Its time to be ONE INDIA, be it engineers, artists, actors, musicians, media personnels or any Indian at any part of the cross section. We should know and believe criticism is a way of development, not neglecting the cost of it.
I am a proud Indian, and I wish the games a success.