However it is to be seen if this newfound attention towards sports other than cricket continues and for how long. And if this new love and spotlight is only on account of the gold haul but no genuine concern for sports then I have a better idea. The idea is that we can vouch for a Commonwealth of Asian games where only the Asian Commonwealth members would participate. I bet we will be a force to reckon with and our gold haul more than the total medals count of even the runner-up. May be this is way the government can do their bit for our deserving sportsperson so that the media keeps interviewing and bringing to the fore the grit and perseverance of true heroes.
I had this write-up on my mind for the last one month or so but abstained from posting it until the games are over and our esteemed guests back to their sweet hygienic homes. Or else, I too would have been branded an anti-national demoralizing the organizers by speaking his unpatriotic mind.
Last year in my column “Commonwealth vs the Kumbh- Delhi leads, Allahabad lags” I had expressed how the games can change the face of Delhi. I’ve always maintained from day one that the only good in having these games is that our national capital’s infrastructure gets a face lift, but even that ray of optimism seems blurring in the wake of corruption and dirty games of wealth.
Interestingly, we found even the mother nature disapproving of this sporting extravagance. The incessant rains in northern India caused Yamuna to break all its previous danger-mark records. Low lying areas like Kalindi Kunj, Sarita Vihar, etc were inundated and the deadly dengue had captured 3,000 in its grip even before the inauguration.
My thumbs-up to the volunteers who helped the games move out of the quagmire when nothing seemed going on track, and worse still, the government could not even seek helps of Lalit Modi.
Now that the games have passed off and assuming I may not be branded unpatriotic in airing my views, I would like to question the very practicality of the organisation of Commonwealth. Having a federation like Commonwealth, in the first place, seems to be an absurd idea to me. When states come under one umbrella or on one platform it should generate some common benefits or positive output for the world. UN, ASEAN, SAARC, OPEC, AOSIS and many other such organisation have something or the other common among them. Commonwealth has nothing more than a history and that too of colonialism and an imperial Britain violating human rights in member states.
Commonwealth today is nothing more than a last ditch effort of a waning and fading Britain to remind us and preserve its imperial heritage. Britain has only its history which it can be proud of and is nurturing this institution in a bid to savour it.
Why are we still holding on to that silly Nehru decision of being a member of the Commonwealth of nations. That decision was voluntary and is not binding on to us. It seems Nehru was so overwhelmed at Britain’s decision to quit that he played into their hands. In a moment of electric foolishness the first Prime minister of one of the largest democracies endorsed the commonwealth.
It looks obnoxious to me when our sovereign, republic citizens run all around the country with a torch staff and on being asked what it is, proudly proclaim, ”the Queen’s baton.” As if they have plundered it all the way from London.
I get a feeling that even the Non-Aligned Movement could have done far better had they played games and recreation. Commonwealth is not an august gathering but an unproductive group which symbolises the misfortunes of once enslaved states. It is an institution for preserving the imperial heritage of Britain and in being a member India is in a way preserving its colonial history of exploitation and deprivation. India should not be a misnomer Republic. So, Quit Commonwealth!