As India races to get ready for the Commonwealth Games, graffiti questioning their mass appeal has appeared over the last few weeks near some of the venues hosting the October event.
The graffiti in English, a language many middle-class well-to-do Indians are proficient in, questions the Games’ focus.
“Pro-rich anti-poor CWG sucks” says one scrawl. Another is hopeful “the Games are a disaster”. “No to Games” reads one peremptory message.
It is not clear which group or individual is responsible, but the writing on the wall scripts the same theme, along one of the capital’s busiest and posh thoroughfares.
Targeting sports events is not a novelty though New Delhi has not staged a major sports event since the 1982 Asian Games.