Let’s Play: Drug Olympics

Dear All,

Recently some Indian athletes tested positive for using banned drugs. My column in TOI today, taking off from there. The link is here.

As always, your constructive comments are welcome, and I encourage others to read them as well.

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi and Id Mubarak!




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  1. Aditya Gupta says:


  2. Kiran Hegde says:

    Hi Chetan, Although it presented an Ironic representation of future of how it would happen in future if it went at this pace.. But sice we are used to and always expected ways how things could have been better – especially the better governance part that u usually present in ur articles…

  3. Rajesh Bhol says:

    Hi Chetan it was nice reading both on Lootfest and Lets Play ; Drug game. In reality this CWG is goin to add lot of woes to existing image of India.Govt. of India & Sheela Dixtit are raisin fund for upcoming election in different state legislature assembly.Next time while writing it ll b better if u cum wid some ideas for avoiding such incidents in future.

  4. Dushyant Bhagat says:

    Hello mr.Bhagat,

    i like your popularity

  5. Aishwarya says:

    A very bold piece. One that is very relevant and necessary. Really liked reading it.

  6. profhughakston says:

    Hi Chetan,
    Salman Khan plays a corrupt cop, Chulbul Pandey in Dabaang.And people are cheering for him. A scene shows goons robbing a bank , then Salman bashes them up but lets them go, and takes the money. When another cop asks him how they will be promoted if they don’t arrest criminals, Salman promptly shoots him in the shoulder and replies he will reccomend him for promotion, as he was shot on duty by robbers. All the audience was clapping at that scene.
    This was unimaginable a few decades ago. The hero, if playing a cop,was always honest(Deewar, 1973). Even if he was corrupt, he finally turned out to be honest(Anil Kapoor in Ram Lakhan).
    A distant relative of mine has just bought a penthouse in Mumbai. And an Audi Q7. Everyone knows that he is corrupt, but no one seems to mind. Our whole family is going gaga over him.
    India has changed. Greed is God, not just good. And success is the idol. More than ever, the end justifies the means.
    Or may be i am just old-fashioned.

  7. Supriya says:

    Not able to imagine how come, no objection from higher officials, what’s going on? Is it the game between sportsmen or of corrupted ppls? How those silly ppl and coaches make fun of genuine sports talents,there should be a massive boycott to the whole thing! Orelse tomorrow no one ‘ll trust a real sportsman from India, one can live in poverty, but self–respect should be taken care of!

  8. Manoj R Dawane says:

    Dear Mr Bhagat,

    I would strongly recommend that you refrain from publishing such disparaging and negative thoughts. I thought this article was like a parody competition in some junior college at best. Let your writing skills bring out the better part of us as an ecosystem while criticising the wrong parts and not simply leave the reader with a sense of utter ridicule of his own bretheren and culture, germinating negative spirals that have only one end ..

    Leaders, especially journalistic ones, have known to have bagfuls of candour, but being sceptical to the tune of sigining off without any constructive thought is not being jurisprudent.

    You are fortunate to have a gift as well as an attention from publications, where every column centimeter is valueable as it reaches millions of minds. If I were you, I would use it for a solid positive message, while bringing out the weaknesses of current situation, rather than sarcastically lambasting the country.


    Manoj Dawane

  9. Lalan kumar roy says:

    Nobody can do anything, Because we love to elect a small thief in between a big thieves.

  10. sayali says:

    hi chetan,
    i have read all ur books
    i am a big fan of urs…
    i knw it dsnt sound new for u..as u have lots of fans
    chetan, i want to ask u a question, 2 state is really ur story?
    and who is krish and ananya in real life…
    i like ananya vry much personality wise.

    wishhing u good luck .

  11. Ilakiya Kasinathan says:

    hey Chetan,
    We all know what we are in the present world. ofcourse its a shameful act,but what i dont understand is that these people definitely dont deserve a place in those games. its just that they are to be punished, but why make this issue so dramatic with all the interviews and media attention to them rather than throwing them away and giving way for so many deserving talents. everybody talks of what happened with the past,how shameful it was and keep repeating the same in the columns. i do really like the guts of u to speak open about them.the place that your column took in the toi, i just dont mean yours, the news whatever comes publishing the same nonsense, would any newspaper or any kinda media for that case, cover the budding talents, find out the hidden potentials and throw light of them to the outside world?

  12. Space heater says:

    trxbhbseblethkgbxtl, space heaters, KvRqbXpk.

  13. Drugs adaption is sometimes good and sometimes bad.

  14. Archit says:

    It was indeed a very nice article..and a needed piece of truth to awaken the gen. public against corruption and “corruption-wali-games” as rightly said….
    I really like ur articles written in the newspaper…plz continue writing as more and more people will join the boycott of these games…

  15. Susanta Patra says:

    Hi, Ya all that u said is correct…..But the reason is why indian players are going for the drugs.this is only becoz we don not promote other games as we promote cricket and all the stuff related to that… somedays before we cane to know abt the stuff going between the hockey palyers and the management.wHY NO OTHER GAMES IN INDIA is not been given the same respect as of cricket…..this is the only reason why the players are going for the drugs stuff………theyt want to crate attention without any work…

  16. Sunil Rajoriya (Sharma) says:

    जितनी ऊर्जा हम पाकिस्तान को कोसने में लगाते हैं उसकी आधी भी खुद को मजबूत करने में लगाते तो पाकिस्तान आतंकवादी तो क्या एक चिड़िया भी नहीं भेज सकता था.
    सोचें कि पाकिस्तान दशकों से अशांति और नुकसान का सबब बना हुआ है … खुद को बर्बाद करने की कीमत पर भी…. उधर चीन सिर्फ अपनी प्रगती में लगा रहा है , जब तब ही भारत को डराता है. ….. यदि चीन भी फुल टाइम भारत के पीछे पड़ गया तो कितनी अशांति हो जायेगी.
    फ़िलहाल नेतृत्व-हीनता की स्थिति है
    अभी भी समय है …..संभल जाएँ
    (इंदिरा गांधी कहाँ से लायें)
    * राहुल गाँधी / नरेन्द्र मोदी
    * सिर्फ कश्मीर के लिए एक मंत्री
    * सिर्फ नक्सलवाद के लिए एक मंत्री
    * लोकायुक्त के लाखों दफ्तर (हर जिले में कम से कम 10 )
    * सैनिकों (पुलिस वालों नहीं) की वेतन व सुविधाए और और और

  17. Sunil Rajoriya (Sharma) says:

    चेतन जी
    जिसे यह बात मालूम है और उसे याद भी करता है कि उसका (आम जनता का) पैसा ही CWG में लगा है, जो कि करोड़ों में है, तो भ्रष्टाचार की खबरें सुनकर उसका खून जलना तो तय है ….. निश्चित ही आपका खून तो बहुत ही जल रहा होगा, सर भी दुःख रहा होगा.
    कॉमन वेल्थ …. बिगड़ रहा है हेल्थ
    मुझे तो शक है कि इन खेलों के दौरान भारत के नागरिक (मेंगो मेन) ही ज्यादा परेशां होंगे ….. बोले तो झंडी सतर हो जायेगी

  18. Sunil Rajoriya (Sharma) says:

    I read ur comments (in Hindi News Paper “Dainik Bhaskar”) I like ur writing style…. specially conclusion of article.

    I hope u will write about naxalism & it’s solution, in future.

    Good wishes..

  19. Palash says:

    hey chetan..
    the article was awesome and motivating, but i miss your old forms of writings,

  20. sneha says:

    and the party goes on. in addition to the curroption that is a part of indian life, terrorism in an addition. of course, it goes unpunished too. i really appriciate your writing. i hope your efforts are fruitful.

  21. Saupin Chd says:

    It’s sad, it’s shameful but we all are to blame. We perpetuate corruption by first breaking every rule in the book; then we offer bribes to save our necks…and after that we lament about a corrupt system.

    We the people think nothing of jumping a red light when the cops are not about or tampering with our electricity meter to get a lower bill or washing our car in the peak of summer during the very hours when it is prohibited and then we get all upset and indignant when corruption of a higher order is exposed.

    Isn’t that hypocrisy?
    Corruption you see starts with us. It starts in our homes. It starts with rules not being taken seriously- a helmet not worn by a father because he’s just going to a nearby market; a mobile being used by a mother to make a quick call while driving because it wouldn’t take more than a minute or even a vehicle going down the wrong lane because the driver thinks nothing of the inconvenience caused when he takes that sudden turn right in front of other transportation going straight.
    It starts with a little bribe here and a little bribe there.
    It starts with us – and of course all the while we are teaching our children that it’s okay to break rules.
    These children as adults continue traveling down the same path and in turn teach their children the same. And lo and behold! We end up with a corrupt nation inhabited by corrupt people where defying the law is a norm rather than an exception.
    So what do we do about it? How do we make our athletes, our coaches, our politicians, our representatives respect the system?
    Simple – let’s stop taking pride in violating rules because ultimately it is up to us to decide the kind of country we want to live in and it is up to us to decide the kind of legacy we want to leave behind for our children. Hopefully we will make the right choice.

  22. Neha says:

    Amazing article….. society needs to be awaken by such articles….. a good way to send out a social message… hope those players who were found guilty of drug intake read this article and get ashamed of themselves……

  23. Nehal Padhiyar says:

    Hi Chetan,

    I have read all your books & just waiting eagerly for your next book. I really love the character Ananya, Krish, Radhika, military uncle, vidya, Govind, Neha, Prof Cherian, Hari, Ryan & Alok… Really amazing characters.

    Good Luck,

  24. Ashish Victor says:

    Dear Mr Chetan Bhagat, I’ve read all your books.Five Point Someone was a great book. But then ‘One night at a Call centre’ and ‘3 mistakes of my life’ were just amazingly rubbish or rubbishly amazing. But then you surprise all of us again with ‘Two States’. Thats the your best book so far. Just beautifully written. No flaw in it except one (Argentum is the latin name for Silver and not Gold) a common error no doubt. Mr Bhagat I am a fan of you writing style and your ultra humourous way of expressing things. God be with you. I think your best is yet to come. All the best Sir and do our country proud.


    Ashish Victor

  25. Gopal says:

    So, here we have one more article disparaging CWG; “Let’s play: Drug Olympics” (TOI, Sept 11). As always Bhagat entertains with his fictional fantasies. But CWG is not fiction it’s a nail-biting reality. It’s an event which is going to happen and I support it whole-heartedly.
    There is a saying, “ Go out looking for one thing, and that’s all you’ll ever find” , so if one wants to condemn CWG s/he will have myriad reasons to denounce the games and similarly if one wants to commend it , one will still have as many points to do so, similarly as we have Times View/Counterview.
    I do agree that there are umpteen problems hovering CWG; but I don’t agree that……complete article on: http://blogbygopalmishra.blogspot.com/2010/09/common-wealth-games-lets-support-it.html

  26. another example of your innovative and befitted approach towards hard core issues!keep on fighting champ!

  27. mohit gupta says:

    hii chetan.. its mohit…
    i read your article as a part of an assignment…
    n i liked it very much….
    well.. according to me… u took a very sarcastic n offensive path n tried to explain how worse things can go if we don’t rectify the mistakes v have committed…..
    v need to change ourselves…. nt for us.. but for the generations to come…..
    we need to be decisive and punish the guilty n set examples for others….
    WE need to bring the revolution our country is striving for…..

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