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Probe into the Games

This is with reference to the report “CWG: IT officials conduct searches” (Oct. 20). The multi-pronged government probe into the 2010 Commonwealth Games scam is most welcome. The alleged corruption cannot be eclipsed by the glitter of the gold medals we have won. It may not be far from the truth to say that those who have made a quick buck in the run-up to the Games are now the eager proponents for an early staging of the Olympic Games in India. Let us first have some accountability before staging any other extravaganza.

Matthew Adukanil,

Dharmapuri

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A joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe (“Gadkari for two tier-probe”, Oct. 20) is called for after the emergence of every charge of corruption. It is as if such a JPC is competent to plug, for good, any loophole in preventing further corruption in the country. Have we ever bothered to probe the effectiveness of past JPCs? How can there be an objective probe when quite a few of the political class have criminal backgrounds?

P. Ramesan,

Kollam

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A scam involving hundreds of crores of rupees is reported to have taken place. After alleged irregularities in the telecom sector auctions, the next big thing seems to be the Commonwealth Games scam. The people of India are accustomed to corruption. They will soon forget this new one as they have more important things to attend to in everyday life.

N.R. Ramachandran,

Chennai

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Before we could begin to bask in the glory of 101 medals that we have won, we are once again in the news for all the wrong reasons. Vigilance organisations have now been roped in to start another type of cleaning operations. Will the guilty be punished?

Darshana Jain,

Erode

The volume of corruption as reported in news columns and the visual media makes one wonder whether the culprits will be booked and punished. In this country, scamsters have never been punished.

V.S. Ganeshan,

Bangalore

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The most expensive Games so far seems to have made millionaires of some officials in a very short time. But it is the common man who always continues to suffer. And here we are talking about industrial growth and a good economy. Wake up India.

Pallav Dua,

Meerut

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Whatever it is, the organisers deserve kudos for having removed all shortcomings and defects in the shortest possible time. Let us not forget that our sportspersons were able to bag a great many medals. We have already hosted the Asian Games and now the Commonwealth Games. Experience induced excellence will certainly pay for India in the days to come.

R. Sampath,

Chennai

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The ordering of an enquiry into the corruption charges brings to mind two proverbs — digging a well after the fire has happened and digging the hill to find the rat.

What is the use of ordering an enquiry when misuse has already taken place? Further, it is a fact that not a single pie can be recovered after this probe.

V.V.V. Satyanarayana,

Tanuku

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The guilty must be punished irrespective of the party or the post that he or she occupies. Now the elite say the Games have changed the image of India but are the people bereft of intelligence to believe that just by conducting a grand event India has changed its image in the west? We will remain “labelled” in the eyes of the west as long as the poor and underprivileged are not lifted out of their poverty. Our leaders should focus on pro-poor and pro-people policies rather than on such high-profile events which eat at the taxpayer's hard-earned money.

Naval Jacob,

Mangalore

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