Crimea in Turmoil : The February Jinx


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MARCH 04 , 2014           00.30 A.M.

Never in my wildest dreams I had imagined that one day , I would be sitting in Mumbai and writing a blog about Crimea. I know this name ” Crimea ” will not ring a familiar bell for majority of my countrymen. But students of world history know about Crimea . I , as a student of history , have read about Crimean War [ 1853 – 1856 ] in detail . Much before World war I [ 1914 – 1918 ] , French Empire , Ottoman Empire , British Empire and Kingdom of Sardinia fought a bloody and fierce battle with Russian Empire over the right of Christians in Holy Land . Allied forces fought for Roman Catholics and Russian Empire fought for Orthodox Church . Crimean war , fought between October 1853 to February 1856 , resulted in the victory for Allied Forces and finally Treaty of Paris was signed between the victors and the vanquished .

Crimean War had far-reaching effect in the history of mankind. It will aways be remembered for Florence Nightingale and her pioneering service for the wounded in the war . Her work heralded the modern nursing methods . It is a little known fact that Mahatma Gandhi won Victoria Cross for his services for the British Empire during Crimean War . It is also a fact that in the aftermath of Crimean War , because of heavy financial crisis and huge debt , which he was unable to pay , Alexander II , the Czar of Russia sold Alaska region of Russian Empire to U.S.A. Alaska was admitted as the 49th state of USA on January 3, 1959 .

As a student of history I have read about Yalta Conference of February 1945 , a.k.a. Crimea Conference , and many more pages of Crimean history during World War II . By strange quirk of history and unlike Crimean War , British Empire and Russian Empire were not at loggerheads during World War II but they were fighting together as the Allied Forces along with United States of America . Franklin D. Roosevelt of U.S.A. , Winston Churchill of Great Britain and Joseph Stalin of Russia assembled at Yalta , a port city of Crimea and discussed and decided Europe’s Post – War reorganization .

Yalta Summit-1

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Churchill , Roosevelt & Stalin at Yalta Conference

So when I read about the recent turmoil in Crimea , I was alarmed and concerned . I just wrote and posted a blog about Ukraine . I was celebrating the success of nationalist forces of Ukraine and the fall of pro – Russian Ukrainian President and a tyrant Viktor Yanukovich . But alas , it was short – lived . Viktor Yanukovich took refuge in Moscow and Russian forces slyly entered into the Simferopol , the capital of Crimea , and took control of the airport and other vital government installations .

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Map of Crimea

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Map of Crimea

Crimea is a peninsula and is attached to Ukraine by a narrow stretch of land which is at places not more than 5 km in width. For centuries Russian Empire was struggling to have a foothold in the warm water of Black Sea for her navy. With the decline of Ottoman Empire , and after the end of Crimean War , Russian Empire annexed Ukraine and Crimea and these regions first became part of Russian Empire and later on a Soviet Republic of USSR [ Union of Soviet Socialist Republic ] . Ukrainian Cossacks and Ukrainian Tatars [ Muslims ] resented the Russian sovereignty but to no avail . From 1922 to 1945 Crimea remained a part of USSR as the Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic . On February 19 , 1954 , the Presidium of Supreme Soviet of USSR transferred Crimean region to the Ukraine Soviet Socialist Republic . And thus from 1945 to 1991 , Crimea remained a part of Ukraine .

As I have stated in my earlier blog about Ukraine , in 1991 USSR was disintegrated and Ukraine , along with 14 other republics became independent country . In 1991 Crimea became a part of Ukraine as the Autonomous Republic of Crimea .

This is the brief history of Crimea . Things started changing fast and situation became fluid after the fall of pro – Russian president of Ukraine , Viktor Yanukovich . On February 26 , 2014 pro – Russia and pro – Ukraine protesters clashed in front of the parliament building in Simferopol .

Protesters with Russian Tricolour in Crimea

Protesters with Russian Tricolour in Crimea

Russian parliament granted President Vladimir Putin the authority to use military force in Ukraine . And because of his unbridled ambition to regain the lost glory of Russian Empire , President Vladimir Putin wants to exercise this new-found authority . He simply forgets that in 1994 Russia backed the legal status of Crimea as part of Ukraine and signed a treaty with United States of America , United Kingdom and France and pledged to uphold the territorial integrity of Ukraine . This treaty was ratified in May 1997 and Russia finally accepted Ukraine’s present borders and Ukraine’s sovereignty over Crimea and Sevastopol .

He is emboldened by the fact that Ethnic Ukrainians make up only 24 % of the population , Ethnic Russian 58 % and Ethnic Tatar Muslims 12 % . And this 58 % Russian population is urging Russia to intervene and take control of Crimea and govern Crimea . They was to secede from Ukraine . And Vladimir Putin is more than willing to oblige .

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Ukraine is in trouble . Crimea is in turmoil . Jinx of February seems to be working again in the troubled history of Crimea . Have a look :

Crimean War : February 1856

Yalta Conference : February 1945

Crimea Became Part of Ukraine : February 1954

Crimean Occupation by Russia : February 2014

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[ All the dates and certain historical facts about Crimea and Ukraine have been taken from Wikipedia and are quoted here in this blog . I express my gratitude . ]

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100th Year of Formation of Bihar


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 08, 2012         01. 15 A.M.

This year in 2012 Bihar is celebrating 100 years of its existence as a province of India . Before 1912 Bihar was included in the erstwhile Bengal Presidency of British Indian Empire .

But Bihar’s history is much older that the British Indian Empire and even the rule of Afghans and Mughals .

Ancient Bihar (which consisted of Anga, Videha/Mithila, Magadha and Vajji/Vrijji) was a centre of power , learning and culture in ancient and classical India . From Magadha arose India’s first and greatest empire , the Maurya empire as well as one of the world’s most widely adhered-to religions , Buddhism . Magadha empires , notably under the Maurya and Gupta dynasties , unified large parts of South Asia under a central rule . Its capital Patna , earlier known as Pataliputra, was an important centre of Indian civilization . Nalanda and Vikramshila were centres of learning established in the 5th and 8th century respectively in Bihar , and are counted amongst the oldest and truly international universities , where people from all over the world came to study. Bihar has distinction of giving the world its first democracy through Lichchivi Ganarajya [ modern-day Vaishali district ] during ancient era . Though today , for some , Vaishali is more associated with Aamrapali , than with democracy . But for lovers of history , Vaishali will always be known as the epicentre of the FIRST PARLIAMENT OF THE WORLD .

I am posting few maps , which amply make clear the importance of Bihar and its significant contribution to the cultural ethos of India . From the mythological Magadh of Jarasandh and Anga of Karna of Mahabharata era , to the Maurya period and Chankya era and to the Golden Age of Guptas , Bihar has seen it all .

The approximate extent of the Magadha Empire i...

The approximate extent of the Magadha Empire in the 5th century BC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The ‘16 Great Nations’; Anga is the easternmos...

The ‘16 Great Nations’; Anga is the easternmost, south of Vrijji and east of Magadha (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Nanda Empire at its greatest extent under ...

The Nanda Empire at its greatest extent under Dhana Nanda circa 323 BC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chandragupta's empire when he founded it c. 32...

Chandragupta’s empire when he founded it c. 320 BCE, by the time he was about 20 years old. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chandragupta Maurya's empire in 305 BC after h...

Chandragupta Maurya’s empire in 305 BC after his conflict with Seleucus Nicator. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Maurya Empire after Bindusara's death 269.

The Maurya Empire after Bindusara’s death 269. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ashoka the Great subdued Kalinga, during the K...

Ashoka the Great subdued Kalinga, during the Kalinga War circa 265 BC, and the southern kingdoms. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: A map of the Maurya Dynasty, showing ...

English: A map of the Maurya Dynasty, showing major cities, early Buddhist sites, Ashokan Edicts, etc. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pataliputra as a capital of Gupta Empire. Appr...

Pataliputra as a capital of Gupta Empire. Approximate greatest extent of the Gupta Empire. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Patliputra as a capital of Sunga Empire. Appro...

Patliputra as a capital of Sunga Empire. Approximate greatest extent of the Sunga Empire (circa 185 BCE). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After the end of this glorious and ancient chapter and after the end of not so significant Afghan and Mughal era , East India Company conquered large parts of northern India and became the de – facto rulers . After the Battle of Buxar (1764), the British East India Company obtained the diwani rights (rights to administer, and collect revenue or tax) for Bihar, Bengal and Orissa , [ now Odisha ] . The rich resources of fertile land , water and skilled labour had attracted the foreign imperialists , particularly the Dutch and British , in the 18th century . Bihar remained a part the Bengal Presidency of British India until 1912 , when the province of Bihar and Orissa [ now Odisha ] was carved out as a separate province . Since 2010, Bihar has celebrated its birthday as Bihar Diwas on 22 March . In 1935 , certain portions of Bihar were reorganised into the separate province of Orissa [ now Odisha ] .

Map of United Bihar

Map of United Bihar

In 2000 , Bihar was divided into two and North part of undivided Bihar became Bihar and the Southern part was carved as a separate province and is now known as Jharkhand .

Bihar of Present Day

Bihar of Present Day

After partition , present day Bihar is the 12th largest state of India in terms of geographical size and 3rd largest in population . Apart from Hindi , Bihar is the home of some of the dialects of Hindi , like ; Bhojpuri , Magadhi , Maithili , Angika and Vajjika . For administrative purposes Bihar is divided into 9 divisions and 38 districts .

Location of Bihar in India

Location of Bihar in India

After independence and under the rule of Chief Ministers like ; Krishna Sinha and Anugrah Narayan Sinha , Bihar for some time , basked in the old glory of Patliputra . But it suffered a lot during the rule of Congress in later years . During the 15 year rule of Lalu Prasad Yadav and his wife Rabdi Devi , Bihar reached at its nadir . Lawlessness and anarchy ruled supreme . Day time murders became order of the day . Ransom became a respectable business . Reputation of Chankya’s Bihar and Chandragupta Maurya’s Patliputra was massacred and mutilated by RJD’s Lalu Prasad Yadav . It was further defaced and defiled by his inefficient wife Rabdi Devi .

After all the turmoil and tribulations , Bihar finally rejected RJD of Lalu and elected BJP , JD [ U ] combine in 2005 . Bihar is now marching ahead under the NDA rule . After Gujarat , now it is the second fastest growing state of India .

I am happy that in the centenary year of its existence , Bihar is shedding its infamous and nefarious image and gaining international respectability and appreciation . Bharatiya Janata Party and Janata Dal [ United ] combine deserve kudos for that . Though it is still miles behind of other states but definitely it is moving ahead and moving fast . May this centenary year be the golden year of Bihar .

I am happy because I have my roots in Bihar . My forefathers originally hailed from the state and only later on they migrated to Uttar Pradesh .

[ Some facts and figures of Bihar have been taken from Wikipedia . I express my gratitude . ]

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Jasmine Revolution in Burma [ Myanmar ]


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 21, 2012           01.00 A.M.

2011 will be known in the world history as the year of Jasmine Revolutions . It started with Tunisia .The despotic ruler of Tunisia , Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was forced to quit his post after 24 years of tyrannical rule .

Zine El Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia

Egypt was the second nation to be engulfed by the Jasmine Revolution . After having an iron grip on Egypt for 30 long years , Hosni Mubarak was thrown out of power by the rampaging masses .

Hosni Mubarak of Egypt

Soon the revolution reached at the door – step of Muammar al – Gaddafi . After fierce resistance of few months , Gaddafi was thrown out of power and was subsequently killed . His despotic and tyrannical rule lasted for 42 long years .

Muammar al - Gaddafi of Libya

Soon after Libya , Jasmine Revolution reached at the doors of other despotic rulers of Syria , Yemen and China . Syria’s Bashar al – Assad is currently facing the brunt of the masses . 10 years of Bashar al – Assad and 30 years of his father Hafez al – Assad‘s rule is now deeply resented .

Bashar al - Assad of Syria

Yemen is another country , ruled by a totalitarian ruler , Ali Abdullah Saleh. His 21 year – old rule is going to end soon . Jasmine Revolution is furiously knocking at his door .

Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen

At present China is trying to control the Jasmine Revolution . But the question remains , will she be able to check the marching footsteps of the disgruntled masses ?

It is very surprising that in the last quarter of 2011 , Burma [ Also Known as Myanmar ] got rid of  the military rule of 49 years , but the world is slow to react to the new reality . Many in India don’t know much about our eastern neighbour .

Than Shwe , The Military Ruler of Burma

To know about Burma , we should look at the map of British Indian Empire . Map of British India is very interesting . In comprises present day India , Pakistan , Bangladesh , Burma [ Present Day Myanmar ] and Ceylon [ Present Day Sri Lanka ] . People know that West Pakistan [ Now Pakistan ] and East Pakistan [ Now Bangladesh ] were part of India before 1947 . But today’s generation do not know that Burma [ Now Myanmar ] , and Ceylon [ Now Sri Lanka ] , were also part of British Indian Empire .

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IMap of British Indian Empire

1864 Johnson's Map of India (Hindostan or Brit...

Map of British India

At the time of Independence of India in 1947 , British rulers divided the Indian Empire into 4 free and sovereign states . India , Pakistan , Burma and Ceylon became 4 independent states .

Britain's holdings on the Indian subcontinent ...

Proposed Divisions of British Indian Empire

India and Pakistan became two independent states in 1947 . Burma became independent on January 04 , 1948 . Burma is the 40th largest country in the world and 2nd largest country in South East Asia . Burma is also the 24th most populous country in the world .

Political Map of Burma

Locator map showing India and Burma

Location Map Showing India & Burma

After independence in 1948 , Burma was a democratic country for 14 years but unfortunately , on March 02 , 1962 military ousted civilian rulers in a coup . Military junta ruled Burma till 2011 . Then junta was dissolved and a civilian government was installed again .

The 14 states and regions of Burma

14 Provinces of Burma

During it’s 49 year rule military junta changed many things in Burma . The name of country was changed to Myanmar . Though it is not recognised by the world community and the majority population of Burma . Name of the capital Rangoon was also changed to Yangon . Later on capital was shifted to Naypyidaw in Mandalay province .

Aung San Suu Kyi

After 15 years of detention , Burma’s pro – democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was released on November 13 , 2010 . In October 2011 many political prisoners were freed and trade unions were legalised . Jasmine revolution seems to be booming in Burma and the country is on the verge of democratic rule .

I have a childhood fascination for Burma . My maternal grand-uncle and maternal grand-aunt lived in Rangoon , Burma during 2nd World War . They used to tell many thrilling stories about Burma . Their stay in Rangoon was also full of very interesting anecdotes . Whenever I used to visit their place along with my mother , I used to sit with them and used to hear their stories of Burma . Now I know that many stories were fabricated but they kindled my fascination about Rangoon and Burma and my childhood fascination still continues .

When I started my studies , I read about Bahadur Shah Zafar and about his imprisonment and his subsequent death in Rangoon . Then I read about Lokmanya Tilak’s infamous jail term and 6 years [ 1908 – 1914 ] that he spent in Mandalay jail . My relationship with Burma was fortified in my mind .

A Hindi film song of ” Patanga ” [ 1949 ] also helped to build up the Burmese fascination . The song MERE PIYA GAYE RANGOON ; WAHAN SE KIYA HAI TELEPHONE , TUMHARI YAAD SATATI HAI …….. still reverbarates in the corridors of my sub – conscious . I haven’t seen this Shyam , Nigar Sultana , Yakub , Gope and Cuckoo starrer , which was directed by H. S. Rawail . But whenever I used to hear C. Ramchandra’s immortal song , specially its lines ; TUM BURMA KI GALIYON ME HO , AUR PHIROON MAIN DEHRADUN ………. TUMHARI YAD SATATI HAI …… I used to feel that I am also roaming in the lanes and by – lanes of Rangoon and Burma .

Another Hindi film ” Burmah Road ” [ 1962 ] again inflamed my imagination about Burma . This Ashok Kumar and Kumkum starrer film was forgettable but a song DAGHABAZ HO , BANKE PIYA KAHO NA , DAGHABAZ HO ……. is still fresh in my memory . Lata Mangeshkar’s voice made this song immortal and Majrooh Sultanpuri’s lyrics were set to tune by Chitragupta .

Since the country is on the road to democracy , I hope to visit Burma one day and would love to roam around in the lanes and by – lanes of Rangoon . May be this will happen soon , may be very soon .or may be in far distant future . I would love to visit Burma , visit Rangoon and would love to meet Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi .

Long live Aung San Suu Kyi !!!

Aung San Suu Kyi

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A Belligerent , Bellicose China & Qing Dynasty


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 05 , 2012           01.35 A.M.

Yiwu is a southern city of China in Zhejiang province . It is one of the world’s biggest commodities markets .

An SVG map of China with Zhejiang province hig...

Map of China with Zhejiang Province

China claims to have a legal system in place . Should we salute China for the brilliant and flawless legal system ( ? ) . Two Indian traders ; Deepak Raheja and Shyamsunder Agrawal were held hostage by local Chinese traders and local authorities did nothing . When matter went to court Indian diplomat S. Balachandran was manhandled in the court by Chinese traders . In spite of being a diabetic , he was refused food and medication and was not allowed to leave the court – room even for attending nature call . He subsequently fainted there .

China behaved like a rogue nation . Diplomats have certain privileges . May I demand to know why China didn’t respect that privilege ? Why did she behave like a rogue nation or is that a natural behaviour of this arrogant and bellicose nation of opium – smokers .

I would like them to remember 2 Opium Wars [ Anglo – Chinese Wars ] . First Opium War 1839 to 1842 and Second Opium War 1856 to 1860 devastated China and her Qing rulers . British Empire humbled Qing ruler Dao Guang , defeated his army and his general Lin Zexu , who earlier arrested and placed British nationals under siege . British forces ravaged China and forced them to sign Treaty of Nanking , a humiliating treaty by all standards . China simply obeyed and signed the Treaty of Nanking meekly .

Lin Zexu (1785—1851)

Lin Zexu

The signing and sealing of the Treaty of Nanking.

Signing of The Treaty of Nanking

Flag of the Great Qīng Empire, 1889

Flag of Qing Empire

As per the clauses of the Treaty of Nanking , China ceded Hong Kong to British Empire and gave them Most Favoured Nation status , which was not granted to her . So it was unilateral favour . Qing Emperor Dao Guang accepted this one – sided and humiliating treaty meekly .

The Qing Dynasty Dao-Guang Emperor of China

Dao Guang , The Qing Emperor of China

But as per their national character they , later on , reneged . This led to second Opium War and again China was humiliated and was forced to sign The Treat of Tientsin .

Signing the Treaty of Tientsin, 1858.

Signing of Treaty of Tientsin

After China signed The Treaty of Nanking and The Treaty of Tientsin with Great Britain , United States of America and France demanded similar favours and they got it also from the mighty ( ? ) Qing Emperor Dao Guang .These two Opium Wars are remembered in Chinese history as the China’s Century of Humiliation .

China is an arrogant nation . Her hegemony knows no bounds . That is the reason they behaved atrociously with Indian traders in Yiwu . They humiliated Indian Consular officer Mr. S. Balachandran also .

Are they forgetting the Two Opium Wars and their subsequent defeat ? Are they trying to forget the mighty ( ? ) Qing Emperor Dao Guang’s humiliation ? Dont they remember that Hong Kong and Kowloon were snatched from them by the British and they were subjugated to the Century of Humiliation ?

I am ashamed that India behaved in a shocking manner . Government , which is run by the Congress , The Indian National Congress , genuflected again . China should be told in a firm tone that days of Dao Guang will come to haunt them again if they keep on testing India’s patience .

 

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British Troops Storming Taku Fort - Second Opium War

 

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Skyline of Hong Kong , Which Was Ceded to Britain

These two photos should remind them of  their inglorious past and the fate of Dao Guang , the Great ( ? ) and Mighty ( ? ) Emperor of Qing Dynasty . And the following photo should tell them about their impending  future .

The Map of China with Restive Parts

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Commonwealth Sh..(g)ames


As we all know Commonwealth Games 2010 are about to start in Delhi within a week, precisely on October 03 , 2010.  A symbol of the dying and fading British Empire , Commonwealth is the group of all the nations, which were under the  British rule at some point of time or other. A decaying and fading British Empire thought that at least through this group they can ameliorate their sense of loss and can feel proud and can show the world that once upon a time , UK used to rule upon such a big chunk of the hemisphere. Now this group has 72 countries as members and barring USA, which also was under British rule once upon a time, all the nations once ruled by UK, are part of the Commonwealth.

Personally I have no problem with the Commonwealth. Our first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, loved everything British, so he was not willing to snap relations from the UK permanently. And because of this fact, the shameful symbol of our 200 years of slavery continues. We were eager to host 19th CWG [ Commonwealth Games ] and got a chance to host it in Delhi. We got the confirmation in 2003 and in spite of the seven long years, we were unable to complete all the construction works and all the other facilities at the CWG Village. Last couple of days were very disturbing for me. Every newspaper, every TV channel and all the tweets of various eminent people on the micro-blogging site twitter were full of negative reports on the CWG , being held in New Delhi. CWG are starting within a week but media coverage of the facilities in the CWG complex were disparaging. Almost all the countries , almost all the officials were very critical of the facilities being provided in the CWG village. Few days back BBC showed 15 photos of the the CWG village. There were filth and muck in the bathrooms,and marks of dogs paws on the mattresses.  Now whole word knows the facts and saw it too. 2010 CWG, Delhi’s predecessors , 2002 CWG , Manchester and 2006 CWG , Melbourne were not only successful but are appreciated even today for the opulence and grandeur. Another example also being sited as the mark of excellence ,  is the 2008 Olympics , Beijing. Compared to Beijing Olympic, India‘s CWG looks like a symbol of sheer incompetence. I was ashamed to read the following tweet of Salmaan Taseer,  the Governor of the Pakistani Punjab :

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Compare Beijing Olympics. Wth Delhi CWG INDIA SHINING

Some other remarks by the people,  who matter, are no less disparaging. Let us go through some glaring ones :

Dave Currie – [ New Zealand Chief of Mission ] :

” We’ve lost faith in the Organizing  Committee. Every time we raised an issue [ we received ] ‘ yes that will be fixed tomorrow ‘ , but you know that it wont be fixed . Its hard to work with someone if they dont admit a problem.”

Julia Gillard [ Australian Prime Minister ] :

There is obviously widespread concern about the games. The decision on whether to attend is a matter for individuals .

Craig Hunter [ England Chief of  Mission ] :

We looked at some towers today……They are deep in water and extremely uninhabitable and quite dagerous in many respects .

It is now alleged that we bribed 72 countries to get Delhi CWG. According to Daily Telegraph, India gave 100,000 in US Dollars to each country and got the CWG. India beat Canadian city Hamilton by 46-22 votes in the final rounds. In spite of the facts that our record was never great in CWG, we were eager to host the game. We got it in 2003 and yet we failed to put our house in order. Watch the following chart to know about our records in the CWG :

India in the Commonwealth Games

Image via Wikipedia - India in the Commonwealth Games

In spite of all these criticim, in spite of all the news that various nations are thinking of not coming for the games, in spite of the news of several players deciding to withdraw from the games, Suresh Kalmadi, Chairman CWG OC [ Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee ] is not perturbed. After 15 photos of the CWG Village were put on the BBC website, he was nonchalant and proudly proclaimed, ” From today, everything is going to be fine.I know how to take criticism in my stride. We will have a good game and we will take care of evrything. ”

Equally shameless were the remarks of Lalit Bhanot,  Secretary General of CWG OC , ” They [ athletes ] may not be able to sustain their performance so they find some reason to not participate, but these things happen in every competition. ”

Mr. Lalit Bhanot’s other comment about the difference of the concept of Western standard of hygiene and our standard of hygiene is equally deplorable and unpardoable.

Damage has been done. Atal Bihari Vajpayee‘s ” India Shinning ” is now ” India Ashamed ” under Man Mohan Singh. Our reputation has been damaged irreparably. Our national pride lies bruised and battered. A defaced and defiled nation looks helplessly. The Prime Minister held meetings with M. S. Gill and Jai Pal Reddy, to salvage the situation. Its like Sunil Shetty having a seminar on acting with Aftab Shivdasani and Vivek Mushran. Culprits are roaming free with immunity. Blame is thrust on the head of Suresh Kalmadi , Chairman CWG OC , alone. Is Sheila Dikshit not responsible ? Is Man Mohan Singh not responsible ? And what about Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi ? They rush to take credit of everything , which is successful and good. At this juncture of National Shame they both are silent like sphinx. Are they not responsible for the mess ? Instead of touring the remote corners of country, should not Rahul Gandhi take charge and try to salvage the situation in Delhi? At this juncture, isn’t CWG and our prestige more important than dining in the kitchen of a Dalit ? Doesn’t always acerbic and uncouth Mani Shankar Aiyer need a tight slap on his ugly and abominable face for saying that I will be happy if CWG  flops ?

Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the first BJP Prime Mini...

Image via Wikipedia - Atal Bihari Vajpayee , the first BJP Prime Minister

Today as I am about to post the blog, I read that yesterday Akhil Kumar’s bed collapsed when he sat on it. Today a snake was found in one of the rooms. I saw the news that even Botswana is complaining about the CWG Village’s hygiene and the unlivable conditions. I hang my head in shame. The wonder that was India does not exist anymore. A 5000 year old Nation’s prestige lies in shambles. I am a sad to witness my country’s journey – from India Shinning to India Ashamed. If you still differ , look at the following photos and decide yourself :

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