The nursery rhyme begins with a flower.
“Flower, Flower, why don’t you bloom?” The flower replies, “The cow has eaten the shoot. Why should I bloom?”
Then the interrogator turns to the cow and asks, “Cow, cow, why do you eat the shoot?” The cow replies, “The cowherd does not
tend, why should I not eat?”
It goes on:
“Cowherd! Cowherd! Why don’t you tend the cow?
The cook does not serve rice, why should I tend?
Cook! Cook! Why don’t you serve rice?
The woodcutter does not give firewood, why should I cook?
Woodcutter! Woodcutter! Why don’t you give firewood?
The blacksmith does not supply chopper, why should I give? …”
The blacksmith blames the fireman, the fireman blames the clouds, which were to send rain. When interrogated, the clouds blame the frog, which refuses to croak. The frog defends itself by saying that it is not in its nature. The primitive narrator, who is also the interrogator, is evidently convinced that the frog’s croaking causes the rains. The first event in the nursery rhyme deals with frog; it does not croak. Then the events follow in a certain causal order in time in real life, ultimately compelling the flower not to bloom…
………………………………….THAT’S ALL FOLKS…………………………………………………..
India needed some crisis always in the past to enter into the next level to get global appreciation. If you look at the past history, when India was facing acute food crisis in 1960s, C Subramanian brought ‘Green Revolution’ and self sufficiency in food. When India pledged its gold openly in early 1990s, to resolve financial crisis and balance of payment, Narasimha Rao brought in ‘Economic reforms’ and we improved our financial resources.
When the Election Commission was facing crisis, Seshan showed the powers of Election Commission to set right the irregularities. When many Trade Unions opposed computerization in financial institutions in 1990s, N Vittal, then Central Vigilance Commissioner, enforced all the banks to introduce technology with his one signature.
When the developed nations refused space technology and engines to India, after Pokran I, the team under the leadership of Dr Kalam started developing our own indigenous technology and machines for space. Now, we are one of the top countries in this technology in the world.
When crisis deepened about the customer grievances in Banks and Insurance, Ombudsman Schemes were introduced to resolve the disputes quickly. Similarly, RTI Act, Right to Education Act, IT Act, declaration of assets by ministers and judges were all introduced due to one crisis or other.
If you look at our past, every crisis has helped us to go to the next level. That has helped us to get positioned well at global level. India has always been resilient, be it reservation issue, ayodhya issue, communal clashes, natural calamity, etc. India has always emerged much more stronger out of every crisis. We have also learnt to manage the crisis well.
In the same way, Common Wealth Games become Common Wealth Shame due to corruption and mismanagement by Kalmadi and his team. Now that the PM has taken over personally, I am confident that this ‘shame’ will be converted into a ‘pride’.
Every crisis has taught us great lessons. After the CWGs are completed, the Government should initiate legal action and punish those who brought shame to us. Only then, such shameful activities will not recur. Few individuals cannot bring down the pride of billion people.
as quoted by Prime Point Srinivasan <firstname.lastname@example.org @ “India Vision group” <India_Vision_2020@yahoogroups.com> & email@example.com
CWG organisers in the past too faced criticism
Indians may have felt let down when their nation was severely criticised for the chaos surrounding the Commonwealth Games, but they can take heart in the fact that a number of countries in the past had also faced similar criticism while hosting such mega sporting events. The very nations, including Scotland, which criticised Delhi for not being fully geared up to host the Games, have faced the same music over various reasons ranging from poor transport facilities to delay in preparations to financial irregularities and even political boycotts.
Most recently, during the 2010 Football World Cup in South Africa, FIFA officials expressed concern over the timely building of the stadiums. There were also apprehensions over security, sales of tickets and transport.
But the fears gradually vanished with the progress of the tournament and timely actions by organisers helped make the event a grand success. In February this year, the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, faced criticism regarding preparations — similar to that of Delhi.
There were reports that transport links were not working just two days before the event and there were too much ice in some venues while it was too less in other venues. Moreover, the death of a Georgian athlete further added to the woes of the host country but Canadian authorities managed to overcome the initial hiccups and the Games ended successfully.
During Beijing Olympics in 2008, poor air quality in the Chinese capital created a buzz in the international media. It forced International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge to even suggest cancellation of some events.
But despite the hiccups China came up with an excellent Olympics. In 2004 Athens Olympics, delay in completion of infrastructure projects, including tram and road links, drew severe flak for the organising committee, which had to be replaced just before the event.
The haste, in which the infrastructure was completed, also resulted in the death of several labourers, bringing in more shame for the country. The 2000 Sydney Olympics was also not free from controversy.
The organisers were criticised for developing the Olympic Park, which housed the athletes, without proper planning as reaching it was cumbersome and time-taking. During Atlanta Olympics in 1996, the city faced worldwide vilification for its poor transport facilities which prompted the international media to say the city was in “complete chaos”.
With most projects remained uncompleted, the city failed to get a boost in tourism and employment as expected. When it comes to hosting Commonwealth Games, the Games organised by Edinburg, Scotland, in 1986 are remembered due to political boycott and financial mismanagement.
Britain’s attitude towards South Africa during the Games sparked a huge political row and forced most of the African, Asian and Caribbean countries to stay away from the games. It was reduced to an all-white event as 33 out of 59 Commonwealth nations boycotted it.
It also suffered a serious financial setback as it opened with a deficit of 3 million pounds, which grew to 4.3 million pounds. … from yahoo news