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    July 16, 2010

    Boycott the Delhi Commonwealth Games

    Every news item I read about the Commonwealth Games, scheduled to be held in New Delhi between 3 and 14 October this year, increases my conviction that the event is just a forum for one man, Suresh Kalmadi, to project his power, charisma and organizational ability.

    Other than that, there does not seem to be any reason for the existence of the event. On the face of it, that should alone be sufficient reason for everyone to boycott the Commonwealth Games.

    But that's not all. The man has made quite a few demands in the last week or so.

    Purely based on his requests, it seems very obvious that he is totally unconvinced about the commercial viability of his product.

    That's why he resorts to these gimmicks. If he was really convinced that the stadia would be ready, the crowds would come to watch at the venues, the quality of the events at the games as well as the telecasts would be of a very high standard, he wouldn't be asking for all this.

    This reminds me of the (still existing in some forms) restricted release of non-Kannada movies in Karnataka that started in 2004.

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