The coming of age of corporate India

Despite minor glitches, the Indian Grand Prix was successful - this is a big achievement for India.

Amna Lone November 04, 2011
The build-up to the inaugural Indian Grand Prix was marred by several glitches, ranging from a stray dog running on to the track halting the first practice session to the event’s media centre suffering power cuts.

However, the fact that the main event went smoothly and India was able to host a major sporting event that had a global audience of 527 million viewers in 2010, and that too without any financial help from its government (despite the fact that the Buddh International Circuit took a whopping $450 million to build), is no small achievement.

As a South Asian, and a citizen of a developing country, there is much to learn from this achievement. We South Asians have been long attuned to paternalistic involvement of our governments in every sort of venture and activity.

Over the years one has heard a lot about ‘the rise of India’ and as a reflection of its growing power, economic clout and pre-eminence on the global stage, we saw our eastern neighbour hosting one international sporting event after the other. However, many of these events had heavy government involvement, and some of them were marked by quite a few PR disasters, case in point being the Commonwealth Games held last year.

The Indian Grand Prix, on the other hand, was completely different in terms of financial cost, technical complexity, logistics and international spotlight. This was a far bigger venture than the cricket World Cup or the Commonwealth Games. The government of India only had a minor role in this venture.

From its conceptualisation, resource generation and execution, this was, in its entirety, a baby of corporate India. There were of course minor hiccups here and there but for the most part, the event went according to script.

All this should be enough to open the eyes of us Pakistanis who have been stuck in a 1980s time warp. It’s important that we learn that today a country’s pre-eminence in the world depends largely on its economic strength and industrial capacity and not just on military power and some claptrap ideology.
WRITTEN BY:
Amna Lone A sub-editor for The Express Tribune’s editorial pages.
The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necassarily reflect the views and policies of the Express Tribune.

COMMENTS (48)

Dr. VIshal Goel | 9 years ago | Reply @ Author "We South Asians have been long attuned to......" Such statements make me laugh! It seems like, since you are "unfortunately" not an Indian and India has achieved something spectacular, the only way to brag about it would be by using the term "South Asian"! That is so pathetic. Given this mentality of yours am sure you will not hesitate to pass yourself off as an Indian in US or Europe( coz thats what most pakis do in US!) again pathetic :(
Jack | 9 years ago | Reply @samia and others Guys - pls read Big Ali's response carefully. It was a sarcastic reply to Kewl Paki's ignorant post. Can we stop Big Ali bashing pls (both sides). And appreciate the positive comments from you guys from across the border - hope you guys are part of the growth story soon.
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