It seems like India is getting enough flak from all quarters since the inauguration of the Sardar Patel’s Statue of Unity spending a huge sum of Rs 2989 crore. Many would agree with me that we could have done or improved many other important things with that money rather than building a statue. No wonder then we recently witnessing another hard-hitting comment coming in from none other than Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton who raised his concerns about the plight of the country.
While clarifying one of his earlier comments, the five-time World Champion had said that India could have built more homes and schools with the money it had spent on hosting Formula One.
Do you agree?
Earlier, Lewis Hamilton, while questioning the strategy of taking Formula One to places like India, Korea, and Turkey where the sport did not survive for long, told the BBC:
“I’ve been to India before to a race which was strange because India was such a poor place yet we had this massive, beautiful Grand Prix track made in the middle of nowhere. I felt very conflicted when I went to that Grand Prix.”
However, his comments on India did not go down well with some of his fans as he received flak from all corners. So on November 15, he took to social media to justify what he said.
In a clarification on Twitter, Hamilton wrote:
“Hey everyone, I noticed some people are upset with my comment on India. First off, India is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The culture there is incredible. I have visited and always had an amazing time however whilst it’s the fastest growing economy it also has a lot of poverty. My reference was that a Grand Prix there felt strange to drive past homeless people and then arrive in a huge arena where money was not an issue.”
“They spent hundreds of millions on that track that is now never used. That money could have been spent on schools or homes for those in need. When we did have the race, nobody came because it was too expensive most likely or no interest. However, I have met some amazing Indian fans.”
You can also take a look at his tweet below:
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— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) November 15, 2018
Needless to mention, India had reportedly spent an estimated $400 million to bring Formula One to the country, but the Indian Grand Prix only took place three times, from 2011 to 2013.
It has been also said that while the inaugural edition saw close to 90,000 people attending the Grand Prix, it fell to 65,000 the following year. The high-profile race was also eventually dropped after three editions due to taxation issues and financial troubles of the promoter.
Meanwhile, what do you say Lewis Hamilton has said the right thing when he said that India could have built more homes and schools, perhaps many other important things, than host Formula One?