Thursday, October 21, 2010


A scam involving hundreds of crores of rupees is reported to have taken place. After alleged irregularities in the telecom sector auctions, the next big thing seems to be the Commonwealth Games scam. The people of India are accustomed to corruption. They will soon forget this new one as they have more important things to attend to in everyday life.

The ordering of an enquiry into the corruption charges brings to mind two proverbs — digging a well after the fire has happened and digging the hill to find the rat.

What is the use of ordering an enquiry when misuse has already taken place? Further, it is a fact that not a single pie can be recovered after this probe.

The guilty must be punished irrespective of the party or the post that he or she occupies. Now the elite say the Games have changed the image of India but are the people bereft of intelligence to believe that just by conducting a grand event India has changed its image in the west? We will remain “labelled” in the eyes of the west as long as the poor and underprivileged are not lifted out of their poverty. Our leaders should focus on pro-poor and pro-people policies rather than on such high-profile events which eat at the taxpayer's hard-earned money.

Before we could begin to bask in the glory of 101 medals that we have won, we are once again in the news for all the wrong reasons. Vigilance organisations have now been roped in to start another type of cleaning operations. Will the guilty be punished?

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