India since its independence have been marred by controversies in each and every event or thing it did however that very event eventually lead to the rise of national fame and prestige. With the ongoing controversies of Commonwealth games corruption and also of the debacle we had with the IPL I am being forced to say that we will never learn to honor the true heroes behind it and who had dared to do some thing which we could have never imagined. Since the Asian games last held in the year 1951 in India it took us almost fifty years to organize the second major games in India.
I would like to call them some passionate fools who did everything to start from zero and create an extravagant event only to be defamed and marred by charges of corruption. I am not saying they were not involved in corruption but can you assure a person to be honest in dishonest system. Should we not accept the fault of not providing them the right system. Words from rang de basanti still echo “Hindustan mein kuch karna hai to puri baraat kahte hai”. I would like to say that they were the conman who managed everything with one focus of organizing there respective events.
I do not doubt that they were not man of integrity and now you might equate him with Mr Sreedharan the man behind success of DMRC however the difference between DMRC success and there debacle lies in the fact that DMRC was a single body with defined charter and defined power and did not have to work with multiple agencies. Yes it may be said that a technically qualified man was working behind DMRC but then it is the failure of PMO in nominating a wrong person and Mr Suresh Kalamadi should be praised for working against all odds. To me he is a hero in all sense who had worked against time and tide and had successfully organized the games against all odds.
Also the fact that he may be person who is being disrespected for each and every thing or for being attributed for each wrong, how could be responsible for collapse of foot over bridge or for dirty toilets in CWG village. I thought the implementing agencies to the same were the urban development ministry and PWD which is not under his control and as far as I know the facility management of the Games Village was with the ashok group I vaguely remember seeing one such tender.
Why is the success of the opening ceremony not being attributed to him which he must have conceived but yes even I was the one who criticized the closing ceremony for bollydfying the entire process. And yes my criticism to it still remains and however I would also like to acknowledge that I am sorry for not appreciating Mr Kalamadi. But when I digged into the records only to find the other side of the story.
In the end I would like to say that more I thought of finding Mr Kalamadi Guilty more I found that he is being held culprit for one obvious reason that someone has to be blamed .
But we never see the other side of the story it was because of the passion of select few that delhi got a world class infrastructure although because of corrupt acts of PWD and developing agencies it may have some shortfall but it can always be repaired and maintained. India has been acknowledged to be a country which has resources infrastructure and capability to host any such event.
And as it is always “The man who smiles when things go wrong has thought of someone to blame it on” and I can see few smiling faces in Delhi and Central Government.
And my apologies to Mr. Suresh Kalamadi for thinking of him as a culprit while the truth is that we are a nation of culprits who need someone to blame for every wrong that happens and attribute every success with ourselves.
I am in no way advocating that corruption is the need of the hour or that any stone should be left unturned to probe such charges. The only thing I am advocating is that we must honor the persons behind the success of some endeavors which we could not have possibly imagined but because these people the same were successful.