11 August 2008


It is indeed heart warming to see Abhinav Bindra win an individual gold in Olympics. I am quite sure that this is not the first gold that India will be winning. If not this Olympics, it is quite possible that future Olympics is bound to bring us more medals.

While the cynics among us may counter that it took us more than fifty years since independence to win an individual gold medal, I would like to point out to those cynics that for those years, India was living under a self-imposed, nay, Nehruvian imposed utopian socialist dream. In a country of a billion people, it is impossible for everyone to get everything.

It's just a matter of time.



Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 7:12 PM


  1. Anonymous Anonymous posted at Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 10:00:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    Dead wrong. You only have to look back at all the socialist countries to know they have won LOTS of medals. Russia, China and Cuba will win more than India.

    India wins no medals because the ruling sports bodies simply don't care. It is of no national importance to win a gold at the Olympics. If they took it as seriously as they took cricket, we would have won more by now.
  2. Blogger K.Shyam posted at Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 6:37:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    Hmm. There in lies the difference. All the countries that you quote did not flirt with something called democracy. They had dictators. In some sense, that did more good that bad to those countries. When you mix democracy and socialism, that is when all the license and quota raj comes in.


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