Why on earth would you fake having summited Everest?
When I saw this story in my morning paper, it reminded me of the scandal a few years ago, when an Indian couple claimed they had summited Everest when, it appears, they most certainly had not.
To answer my own hypothetical question “why would you do this?”, I imagine it is for fame, money, perhaps a government job.
One of the things I have never understood about my adopted country is why you reward people, especially sports people, with government jobs. Why should someone who, for the sake of argument, throws a shot putt, or tosses a javelin, or is a wrestler, be “rewarded” with a job in the civil service?
What makes them a suitable person to work in government?
Anyway, since I have no idea what this young man from the neighbouring state of Haryana had been offered/not offered, there is equally no way of knowing whether he (seemingly) faked his Everest summit, in order to bag a job.
What is undisputed is that he was in line to receive one of India’s highest awards given to sports people.
But methinks his chances might just have been scuppered.
If, as it would appear, he did fake summiting Everest, then one hopes he will NOT be receiving this year’s Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award.
This fact checking (below) on Twitter is pretty damning!
Doesn’t ANYONE in government check things out before nominating people for these awards?
Doesn’t ANYONE in government care about being made to look foolish?
Or am I missing the whole rewarding people with jobs/no checking facts nexus…?
As with the Pune couple I mentioned earlier in this post, this is cheating on a tawdry and monumentally silly scale. Go for the biggest thing on planet earth and hope no-one will notice that you weren’t really there after all.