A man wishes to make a movie. He donates his own land and builds, with his own funds, a theatre upon it. Then he pays to have the movie made, and to have it screened at the theatre. En route, he can only watch helplessly as people he trusts fleece him. Then, when the film finally hits the screens, he is further soaked for the price of a ticket.
This is the parable of the Indian taxpayer and the Commonwealth Games. It now appears certain that the Games will end with a deficit, the consequences of which will also be borne by the taxpayer. What the organizers of the Games should do now is to allow the public free entry into its stadiums, so that the purported “larger goal”— promoting sport—will be served. Free entry may draw more people, who may then play more sport. At the very least, the unfairness of charging a spectator to watch his own production would have been avoided.