Mani Shankar Aiyar is probably expressing the views that few politicians will openly state on how those supporting the Commonwealth Games are evil. He is candid that he hopes the Games collapse at the starting block.
You have misunderstood the dear man. He is making sure that his cutting remarks encourage the organisers to come up with innovative ideas on how to make the Games work.
What do you mean? Don’t you think that he has damaged the reputation of the country by saying that work is in various stages of deconstruction?
Not at all. Now the organisers will feel called upon to come up with better ideas on how to make use of the infrastructure. For example, given that the rains may extend into the Games, we should perhaps think of inventing new sports to fit the infrastructure.
What Games could those possibly be apart from swimming?
The whole theme should be aquatic sports. We could have the track and field events under water. The shooting events could take place with the aid of aqualungs. We would not have to worry about the stadia being rained in as this would suit these sports to the hilt.
Don’t say: Let this be treated as water under the bridge.
Do say: We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.