Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Lets be Fair


In a rather moving interview to CNN-IBN's Rajdeep Sardesai, the man in the not-so-comfortable spotlight, CWG OC Chairman Suresh Kalmadi, made some important points that are worth remembering as the Shungloo Committee prepares to get down to business.

Mr. Kalmadi has been blamed for everything - everything! - that went wrong with the Games. This is really very unfair since the OC was not responsible for everything. Consider the collapsed bridge and false ceiling at JN Stadium: there were some pretty ruthless jokes going around the SMS circuits after those, and Mr. Kalmadi was the butt of them all. But truly speaking, it was the Delhi Government's failure there. Even the filthy bathrooms in the Village were not the OC's fault.

Mr. Kalmadi also seemed to be more aggressive, not ready to take any more flak for others' faults. This is quite good, because a lot of officials were looking use him as a human shield. Then again, he also seemed to lack confidence as far as the investigation went, not prepared to commit himself in case he is found guilty. He has good reason of course, since two of his OC colleagues were fired over the QBR.

A;; in all, the interview was great and revealed a lot about what Mr. Kalmadi thinks post-CWG. I agreed with him on many counts and disagreed with him as well. However, when it came to Mani Shankar Aiyar, Mr. Kalmadi's face said it all. And I agree.

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