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A deligate situation

india Updated: Oct 08, 2009 01:49 IST

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Do forgive us for having misled you, dear readers. We have told you time and again that the Commonwealth Games are a bit off kilter and have raised doubts in your mind on whether we will be able to meet the deadline. Well, now comes a travel advisory from the Delhi police that a large number of busy thoroughfares must be avoided today as they are required to facilitate the passage of Commonwealth delegates.

We have no problem with all this, we are pushed off the roads regularly for all manner of important people. But, we thought that the Commonwealth Games were still a glimmer in the eye of the Delhi government and the thought that delegates are already whizzing across the capital is news to us.

Several questions arise here. Are the delegates under some kind of threat perception that you and I have to be held up for hours from trying to reach our workplaces and do an honest day’s work? What on earth will these delegates actually inspect, considering that the Games stadiums are barely half complete? Is this an exercise in public relations that the authorities don’t want us, the general public, to be in on? All that can be said is that we have problems enough just navigating our way to work and back — what with being held up for hours thanks to VIP traffic — so anything more would be the last straw on the camel’s back.

So, if you don’t see your favourite piece of writing in this space tomorrow, please bear with us. We will try with might and mien to reach office to churn out these nuggets for you. But if Commonwealth delegates are so overwhelming in their desire to inspect the rather dismal dug-up sites, well, you will excuse us. Oh, we forgot, for those of you determined to reach your destinations, there are public transport services. What’s that, did you say?