Keeping Up Appearances


The Indian media had a ball in the months leading up to the recently completed Commonwealth Games, hosted by India for the first time. Every major newspaper and television station weighed in, with banner headlines and lead stories—stories about the mammoth waste involved, the staggering levels of corruption, and, most important, the organizing committee’s shocking ineptness.

Just days before the athletes were to arrive in Delhi, an inspection tour revealed uninhabitable housing,...

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Jo McGowan, a Commonweal columnist, writes from Deradoon, India.