The Commonwealth Games are over. But the state’s attempts to sanitise the city of Delhi by hiding and exiling its poor and underprivileged have not only set a bad precedent in governance but, more importantly, sanctioned, albeit indirectly, the creation of many classes of citizenship. Happymon Jacob, assistant professor of international relations at the Jawaharlal Nehru University writes. Cartoon courtesy, R.Prasad, Mail Today.
The Commonwealth Games occupies a lot of acreage in newspapers as they are on. The Games occupied even more acreage before the real games were on. Then, the focus was on the utter incompetence, cheap attitude and corruption associated with the Organising committee and the Delhi State government. Somewhere in the entire coverage, not much was said about those hidden deliberately because of the Games - workers, pavement dwellers, and the poor. Even the not so poor among the Dengue affected (running into the tens of thousands) were hidden. This is very much a re-enaction of what acclaimed film director Satyajit Ray depicted in the satiric film, Hirak Rajar Deshe.
Using the Commonwealth Games as a cover, the ruling class in India and Delhi has effectively created a "purdah" over the poor dwellers in the city. Eminent economist Prof. Jayati Ghosh writes. Picture, courtesy, Outlook magazine.
The Commonwealth Games 2010 has become one of the biggest scandals in the country which involves governments both in Delhi and the Centre. Roshan Kishore writes.
A blog post on the raging dengue epidemic in Delhi.