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.
I disagree with u on this. The media is there to potray the real state of affairs and they are doing there job. The prep of CWG was sham and it was the duty of the media to show where and how the Rs.70000 Crores of Public money was spent and the truth behind the ‘state-of-the-art’ and ‘World Class’ facilities that the Govt. and Kalmadi was talking about. The media did the right job and today’s World where news travels faster then light the Western Media got the stuff easily. The Indian media did its job quite well and efficiently. What ‘Brand India’ are u talking about. A country where 70% of the population lives on less the Rs.20 a day that ‘Brand India’. CWG is a stupid image building exercise. If Rs.70000 Crores was spent on grassroots level in sport it would have been money spent level.
but now at the moment, showing one news n number of times wont help. criticism shud have stopped 15 days to the games….
The rooms are still not clean and there the bed of an Indian athlete break down what can the media? If the CWG officials still commit blunder after blunder with just few days to go, should the media stop coveraging it?? Hello, we are not China and North Korea or a Cuba! We are a democracy and having such a vibrant media is a part of being Democratic. The media or we just cannot close our eyes and say ‘Aal izz Well’ and the officials carry on with there stupidity!
how many beds were made and how many broke? see the percentage?
Its like we called 100 guests in our house to have dinner and 5 of then didn’t get to eat as the food got exhausted. 95% got to eat and only 5% went back hungry. Is thet okay with you? It won’t bring disrepute to you and your family as 5 went back hungry? Its not about how many broke, its why even one broke? A simple bed and these people are even handling security, God help these games!
I agree, in part! One, western world wants to see India the way they have always perceived us to be. They believe India is exactly like what is portrayed in Slumdog Millionnaire. And want it to remain so.
Indian media on the other hand, tends to go overboard at times. I do agree with you, Indian media must showcase our positives and highlight all the achievements that usually get swept under the carpet, simply because they are not as ‘spicy’ or ‘raking TRPs’ as negative news. Our news channels must, MUST, focus on highlighting the good aspects of daily life. At the same time, I don’t think it would be fair, to brush the CWG scam under the carpet, just to save our face before the western audience. That way, our politicians will just get away scot free, as they have always been doing!!
So its a very fine balancing act, which, sadly Indian media has failed to do, because they always focus more on negative and less on positive aspects.
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