New Delhi: Get the Commonwealth Games and you have security scare. Get the Formula One and the world chooses to talk of social imbalance in India threatening the image of the sport. When will the whining stop?
Browsing through what foreign press has to say on India's upcoming date with raw speed come October, elaborate write-ups on alcoholism, women oppression and economic mismatch are the first to emerge. This is not individual finger-pointing but British press leads the 'eye-opening' charge on India's apparent backwardness while reporting on the F1 event. Type Guardian Indian F1 or BBC India F1 on Google and enlighten yourself with revelations from foreign correspondents going full-out making Greater Noida villagers pose for their camera-crew.
For not one instant are the facts wrong. Neither are the images flashed all across entirely faked, perhaps. The question is not on the integrity of stories and features which surely make for an interesting read with a cup of English tea or lager beer depending on in which part of the developed world, the story is being read or seen. The question is on repeated and merciless assault on India's weakness whether in terms of corruption during CWG, terrorism in general or now, brand Indian F1 and the villages around it.