Dealing With Games Powerfully

Boat Ride at India Gate

Your time and your attention, is yours and thank you for giving them so generously to the blog and making time to comment on it. Your concern about resources being not appropriately used in our country is well appreciated. The intention of the blog is to be present, to impact of a successful event like these Commonwealth Games that we are all party to. Further conversations are welcome.

The intention of the last conversation is to be sensitive to what constitutes the agreement about success of such a world event in our backyard. Intention is to distinguish ‘success’ as a function of an agreement. It means nothing and yet it has a lot of power. There is nowhere to go, nothing to have, nothing to make. There is no way we have to be. The intention is not to pass a value judgment about the games as being good or bad for us as residents of the city. The intention is to sensitize us about how little control we have in hosting them in our city and to be present to the impact that these games will have on our everyday lives intentionally or unintentionally. In fact next I want to show how these games will stand to benefit us middleclass and poor dwellers of this city the most, especially in the middle of this economic recession.

Understanding the impacts of the games makes no difference. Intention is to be present to the multiple levels of interpretations that are possible, of this social and physical reality in the context of personal family community ethnicity socio-economic and environmental contexts that exist. It takes courage to deal with what we have to deal with and it will take what it will take on our part to have these games in our back yard. They will leave us all impacted. The intention is to experience it fully and have the courage to deal with the way it is going to happen and impact us. Only when we are present to the impact and accept it that we will have the courage to them being the way we want it to be. More of it next time…

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Environmental anthropologist by training, been in the field for over 20 years, Gialome (pseudonym) is mainly concerned with the impacts of infrastructure and technology projects on local communities.

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