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Arindam Chaudhuri backs Kalmadi, dares Aiyar to think beyond Commonwealth Games

27, Jul 2010 By Pagal Patrakar

New Delhi. Hours after Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar wished the worst to the possible Commonwealth Games and warned that the preparation for the sporting events could never be completed in time by the authorities, a beleaguered Suresh Kalmadi, the chairman of the organizing committee, got support from management guru Arindam Chaudhuri, who claimed that India could even host Olympics if one dared to dream about hosting it.

“I don’t agree with Mani. Things might look messy right now but if we continue repeating to ourselves that we can do it, we will do it.” Chaudhuri argued and dared the cynic in Mani Shankar Aiyar to think beyond the Commonwealth Games and discover the Olympics host in Delhi, something that was discovered by Suresh Kalmadi more than six years ago.

According to sources, Chaudhuri has recommended Kalmadi to soon come up with full page color advertisements in national newspapers reiterating the inevitable success of the upcoming games. CWG organizing committee has also been advised by Chaudhuri to take part in surveys that give higher or special weight to factors such as number of contractors involved or news generated by an upcoming event. Kalmadi is reported to have welcomed these suggestions.

“Commonwealth Games of Delhi are globally ranked number one for collective contractor exposure. It’s a matter of pride for us but a shame that an anti-national person like Aiyar can’t see it.” Suresh Kalmadi said shortly after meeting the management guru; a clear indication that guru’s mantras were working for him.

Suresh Kalmadi
Suresh Kalmadi rejected all criticisms after meeting Arindam Chaudhuri

Kalmadi is also expected to start a blog titled “PASSIONATE ABOUT CWG”, where he’d try to write positively about the games to neutralize articles written by other bloggers. The blog title and writing it in ALL CAPS was also suggested by Arindam Chaudhuri, sources say.

Chaudhuri’s support for Kalmadi is being seen as vital because Aiyar’s criticism has led to demands that Kalmadi was replaced with Lalit Modi, who could organize sporting events at short notices and was currently jobless. Kalmadi also accused Aiyar of conspiring to sabotage the upcoming games, but expressed confidence that the games would take place on schedule.

In an unrelated development, Delhi Chief Minister has denied reports that the state government was seeking to postpone Independence Day celebrations next month as preparations for the same were behind schedule.