Leading NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul has congratulated India for organising a spectacular opening ceremony for the Delhi Commonwealth Games, saying that critics would now realise that the country "does things in its own style."
"Congratulations to India and the Indian people, specially all those who have worked very hard to achieve what they have done," Lord Paul said.
"All of us, I'm personally proud of India and its people. I hope critics in future would realise India does things in its own style and timing and they should not judge India from their way of thinking. India is able to meet its international commitments and it is great pride to be of Indian-origin," he added.
Lord Paul, Britain's Ambassador for overseas business, said Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit deserved special kudos for the breathtaking ceremony which wiped away the embarrassment of organisational goof-ups that plagued the build-up to the Games.
"Congratulations specially to Mrs Dikshit whom I have always known as a person of great commitment. I genuinely feel she has done a fabulous job," he said.
In a two-hour long opening ceremony, which was a mesmerising mix of tradition and technology, India rolled out the red carpet to 71 Commonwealth nations for the Games where competition begins in earnest today.