The Great Debate (India)
The latest controversy to hit the Delhi Commonwealth Games is the question of who is going to inaugurate it.
The opening ceremony for the two-week sporting event, held every four years for former British colonies, is on Oct 3.
Some media reports said there had been a row between India and Britain over whether India’s president, Pratibha Singh Patil, or Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne who is standing in for Queen Elizabeth at the ceremony, would open the Games.
A spokesman for the British embassy, however, said Prince Charles would open the Games and denied there was any controversy. Some media reports said a compromise was reached between the Indian president and Prince Charles.
from The Great Debate UK:
- Ash Verma is Chairman, Gateway Business Consultants Limited and Founder of Gateway Asia. The opinions expressed are his own. -
London has long had a reputation as a city where entrepreneurs from Asia have come to seek their fortune. From its early 19th century roots when Sake Dean Mahomed opened up Britain’s first Indian restaurant and introduced the city to shampoo, London’s Indian diaspora has now grown into one of the largest communities outside the country. The Chinese community in London, too, is Europe’s oldest and largest.