October 15, 2010 |
The international embarrassment that India suffered in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games ? marred by massive cost overruns, a collapsed bridge and widespread corruption allegations ? has focused attention on a stubborn cultural condition that if not checked, analysts here say, could undercut India's superpower ambitions. An attitude referred to in Hindi as " chalta hai ," which translates to "it goes" but can mean "don't be bothered," "whatever," "it'll do," or "don't fret (such problems as corruption, delays, shoddy quality)
October 4, 2010 |
When the Commonwealth Games kicked off here Sunday night, India relished the spectacle as an antidote to months of bad press over alleged corruption and mismanagement, including headlines about a collapsed footbridge, a tourist shooting and a filthy athletes' village. India has hoped to use the Games to showcase its booming economy and growing international clout in the same way China did with the 2008 Summer Olympics. But the many scandals in the run-up to the Games have left some worried that they would dent the nation's stature rather than elevate it. Some in the news media have dubbed them the "Shame Games.
October 1, 2010 |
The government people came one night in late September and built a partition covered with bright blue plastic sheeting and adorned with cartoonish tiger mascots and "Come Out and Play" slogans. It hid the slum known as Coolie Camp on the airport road where the foreigners pass. Irfana Begum, 40, who collects garbage, must now lug her three-wheeled bicycle over about 300 feet of rocky ground to get to the road and make her living. Begum, a 15-year resident of the slum, squatted in the dirt in a dusty sari, her bare feet adorned with toe rings.
September 20, 2010 |
Two gunmen opened fire Sunday on tourists near one of India's largest mosques, injuring two Taiwanese men before making their escape on a motorcycle, raising security concerns two weeks before India hosts a major international sporting event. The tourists were shot about 11:10 a.m. as they were boarding a bus parked near Jama Masjid, a mosque in New Delhi's crowded, labyrinthine old city, police said, sparking a major manhunt and a security alert in the Indian capital and Mumbai.
September 17, 2010 |
About the only thing beating expectations ahead of the Commonwealth Games here is the mosquito population, helpfully delivering a dengue fever epidemic that is expected to peak just in time for the opening ceremony early next month. The mosquito-borne illness has struck more than 7,000 people across India, including two top cyclists. (The 7,000 athletes and team officials who are about to descend on New Delhi might want to pack some bug spray: Their village is in a prime mosquito breeding area along the fetid Yamuna River.
November 10, 1998 |
The Commonwealth Games went virtually unnoticed when they were held in September in Kuala Lumpur. All of which prompted Harry Pearson, in Total Sport, to comment: "The Commonwealth Games is the sporting equivalent of the appendix: We all know it's there but the exact point of it, no one can quite fathom. Sometimes, of course, the appendix grabs our attention by bursting.