Over the last few days watching Lalit Bhanot preside over news conference is nothing short of a comedy. It is quite remarkable that people like him “full of caliber” are running Indian sport for so long. Kalmadi might be a target of nation’s ire but certainly Mr Bhanot is doing what ever in his capacity to “OUT RUN ” him after all 22 years of being head of athletics federation must come handy somewhere.
His comments have been so ecstatic that even Bollywood script writers might be turning up to him to write some comedy for their movies.
some of his comments are :
1. The famous hygiene comment:
“These rooms are clean to both you and us,the delegates want certain standards in hygiene and cleanliness which may differ from our perception,what is good for us might not be good for them. See everyone has a different standard of cleanliness. “
2. The monkey comment which he made upon being asked by a foreign reporter about the racial profiling of indians as “monkeys” by south african swimmer.
“There are monkeys in that area and we are trying to get them out,which are present almost everywhere in Delhi.”
(Both, Fennell and CGF CEO Mike Hooper, couldn’t hide their laughter before explaining Bhanot what the question actually meant.)
Surely that hygiene comment kind off help cement the “stereotypical” image that the west had about India regarding cleanliness. On an interview with Barkha Dutt , Salman Rushdie suggested that Lalit Bhanot should be spanked for giving such comments, most in India would say that they won’t have thought any better.
Now the real problem is that India does not has just one Mr Bhanot but rather numerous of his kind who just like to be heads and enforce their standards of cleanliness onto others.Now though it seems that his friends and Indian government cannot take any more of insult and has “clipped his wings” and he would not be presiding over the meetings.
Whatever might be the outcome of this game for International media ,Lalit Bhanot experience would certainly be one of its kind.