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When Opening Ceremonies Go Bad

Op-Ed Commentary: Chris Devonshire-Ellis

Oct. 5 – Delhi’s spectacular opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games may be passé for the Chinese and the splendor of the Olympics (but let’s not forget the computer stimulated fireworks that were broadcast “in case anything went wrong”) but it does represent a case of a country finally getting its act together and proving it can plan, manage, and pull off a tricky event involving thousands of people and planned for months.

While it’s been relatively easy to knock India when compared with China, the fact remains, that when it came down to it, the Delhi opening ceremony was actually first class. It does represent an image of an India that can get things done and deal with large scale projects. India, indeed, has finally passed the quality and competence test. Continue reading

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India’s Tamboo Mentality a Games Too Far?

Op-Ed Commentary: Chris Devonshire-Ellis

Sept. 23 – As the last minutes tick away for India to knock the Commonwealth Games into shape, one has to wonder at the cause of what it has become obvious is a major failing within the Indian political system. With a 48 hour deadline imposed for Delhi to get its act together or risk having the Games canceled – an unimaginable disaster for the national prestige – a self analysis over what has gone so badly wrong needs to be undertaken. Should the Games fail, it is also indicative of the failings of the “world’s largest democracy,” a label India wears with pride but is apparently unable to use properly to advance the nation into the 21st century.

A core issue may well be the “tamboo” mentality when it comes to the Commonwealth Games. As a one-off event, it may be likened to the tamboo, or tent, that many Indians erect on days of pageantry such as weddings or similar society events. Erected for a short time, put up on a temporary basis, then pulled back down again when everyone goes home, this tent mentality appears to be the type of attitude that many have attributed to the Commonwealth Games. Yet that is simply not sufficient for a sporting event that attracts participants from over 70 nations and territories and sees thousands of participating athletes. Continue reading

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Of Mooncakes, Red Lanterns and Elephant Gods

Op-Ed Commentary: Chris Devonshire-Ellis

Sept. 23 – The Mid-Autumn Festival in China culminated yesterday with the full moon and the traditional day for evening lanterns, being with friends and eating mooncakes – those filling, slightly sickly confections of fat, sesame and a boiled yolk that everyone raves over but in reality can only eat once a year. Yet China is not the only country to celebrate the full moon at this time. Portrayer of a fine harvest, signaling the end of a long hot summer, coupled with the romance of a grapefruit sized, rising celestial body, this lunar date has long transfixed people across Asia. Continue reading

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India’s ‘Cities of Harmony’ the Way Forward in Shanghai


Op-Ed Commentary: Chris Devonshire-Ellis

Chris Devonshire Ellis with Indian Ambassador to China S. Jaishanker

Chris Devonshire Ellis with Indian Ambassador to China S. Jaishanker

SHANGHAI, Aug. 19 – The India Business Forum was held today in Shanghai, celebrating not just the Indian Pavilion at the Expo, but also the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between India and China and India’s National day earlier in the week.

A packed crowd of about 400 delegates listened to a variety of speeches and presentations from senior Indian and Chinese officials and businesspeople. The Vice President of the Confederation of Indian Industry, B. Muthuraman, opened the proceedings stating that during the global economic crisis, both India and China had demonstrated they were among the few nations of the world to be living within their means and that this represented a sound fiscal platform for the rise of emerging Asia. Noting that India GDP growth is second only to that of China internationally, he stated that bilateral opportunities are very much in evidence and that the projected figure of US$60 billion for 2010 is likely to be met and “would prove to be just the start.” Continue reading

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Hey Sugar! Wanna Jiggy-Jiggy in the Juggernaut?

Op/Ed Commentary: Chris Devonshire-Ellis

Aug. 10 – One of the great things about living in Asia is the sheer diversity of culture and, especially for someone who writes a lot about etymology, an abundance of words. Words that are now Anglicized used to belong to different, often ancient, Asian cultures and their meanings or origins have often been lost or changed over time. The title of this article alone, apparently so cheeky and sexy, has little to do with its original intentions. Continue reading

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China’s Tibet Price: the South China Sea

Photo: Reuters

Op/Ed Commentary: Chris Devonshire-Ellis

Aug. 6 – The fallout from the recently held ASEAN summit in Hanoi has far reaching implications for China and the region, but also indicates rising disquiet of China’s attempts to gain regional assertiveness. With Vietnam currently chairing ASEAN, the item that China had wanted to avoid discussion over – ownership of parts of the South China Sea – well and truly gained the glare of the spotlight. Continue reading

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Delhi’s New World-Class Terminal Set to Impress

By Chris Devonshire-Ellis

Jul. 2 – New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 3 is set to be a big hit among travelers with its capacity rivaling other world-class air hubs when it becomes fully operational on July 3.

The airport is the busiest in the region thus making the upgrade long overdue. The terminal was finished in 37 months at a cost of US$2.2 billion, which compares favorably with the 45 months it took to complete Beijing’s similar international terminal at Capital Airport. It is bigger than new terminals found in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore combined with an impressive 78 gates, 168 check-in counters, 97 automated walkways, 95 immigration counters, an open car park for 4,300 cars and 20,000 square meters of retail space. Continue reading

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