Since they first started, the Olympics have been used by countries to project their rising influence in the world scene. Most recently, China used the Olympics to showcase their progress live to billions of viewers from around the world. The impact that the Olympics can have on global public perception is huge. If India wants to become a great power, it too will need to showcase its progress to the world. But after the drama of CWG, are we ready to do this? If not, when will we be ready? Do the potential benefits of such a project justify the exorbitant costs?