The chaos surrounding the Commonwealth Games exposes how far India still needs to go in executing on big-ticket projects and building infrastructure of the kind that helps make China an economic powerhouse.
It also provides an extreme example of the limitations of a bureaucracy wracked by red-tape and corruption in delivering on the expectations of an economy that is fast-modernising but still plagued by frequent power cuts and choked, potholed roads.
India ranks 51st overall in the World Economic Forum competitiveness index, but for infrastructure it fell 10 places to 86th this year.
Inadequate supply of infrastructure ranked as the most problematic factor for doing business in the country.
Image: An Indian labourer paints a curb as an incomplete banner for the Commonwealth Games flutters in the background in a street in New Delhi on September 23, 2010.