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Qatar’s World Cup stands atop Indian lives: Why haven’t we heard of this? | Geeta’s World, Ep 19

The country got the hosting rights for the World Cup in 2010, i.e. 12 years ago. Why is it being questioned now? Is criticism for the country’s human rights record, fair or hypocritical? Geeta Mohan and Anna Priyadarshini discuss this in Geeta’s World. Listen in!

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Is criticism for Qatar's human rights record amid the FIFA World Cup fair or hypocritical?

Qatar is hosting possibly the most controversial and regressive FIFA World Cup ever, in the face of years of human rights abuses.

With a population of just 2.9 million people, Qatar is the smallest country to host the FIFA World Cup. It is also the smallest among the 32 countries that are participating in this year’s tournament. And yet, it looks like the most powerful country right now. The country got the hosting rights for the World Cup in 2010, i.e. 12 years ago. Why is it being questioned now?

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There’s a detailed investigation about the Indian labourers who had been going to Qatar to help them construct their football stadiums and all the other infrastructure needed for this World Cup. So many of these labourers returned dead to their families back in India, almost all died of ‘natural causes’ and cardiac arrest.

What prevents the Indian government from pursuing this matter diplomatically with Qatar?

In the 19th episode of Geeta’s World, our host Anna Priyadarshini and foreign affairs editor at India Today, TV Today Network Geeta Mohan discuss the relevance and significance of the host country, and why and how it is caught up in geopolitical controversies.

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