A tough week for India as athletes began arriving for the start of the Commonwealth Games. On September 21, a pedestrian walkway outside the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi collapsed; the very next day a portion of the ceiling in the weightlifting arena also collapsed. Social and mainstream media showed pictures of blocked drains, dirty bathrooms, soiled matresses and unfinished work in the athletes' accommodation. Team members started to pull out of the games, undermining the status of the event. The enormity of the clean-up task seemed insurmountable, this concern beautifully illustrated by Parivartan Sharma's picture of a man sweeping dust in the streets with a hand brush - a seemingly pointless task when CWG president Fennell said that there was still "considerable work to be done". Have a close look at Reinhard Krause's picture of the roof of the weight lifting arena and make your own judgement on the workmanship of the construction. As someone who has not got a great head for heights I fear for the safety of the workers walking on the roof of the building.
A man sweeps under a flyover in front of the Commonwealth Games athletes village in New Delhi September 25, 2010. Commonwealth Games Federation President Michael Fennell said on Saturday there was still a considerable amount of work to be done and there was great concern about the security and safety of athletes and officials. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma
Workers climb down the roof of the weightlifting venue for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, September 22, 2010. A portion of false ceiling in the Commonwealth Games weightlifting venue in India's capital caved in on Wednesday, a day after 27 workers were injured when a footbridge collapsed near the same sports complex. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause
Adding to the woes of the Indian government, a court ruling was expected on the ownership of the land around the demolished 16th century Babri mosque in Ayodhya that sparked riots between Hindus and Muslims in 1992, the worse violence seen since Partition in 1947. The decision, which was expected to spark more violence throughout the country, was postponed. The tension etched in every line on the face of this aging security guard who could have faced the task of keeping apart two groups of people, intent on killing each other.
A policeman wearing riot gear stands guard on a street in the northern Indian town of Ayodhya September 23, 2010. A court will rule on Friday whether Hindus or Muslims own land around a demolished mosque in Ayodhya, a judgement haunted by memories of a 1992 riot, some of the country's worst violence since the partition. Hindu mobs demolished the 16-century mosque in 1992, claiming it stood on the birthplace of their god-king Rama. The demolition triggered religious riots. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi