Miss India’s national costume stuck at Brazilian customs !
As the photos of the prelimnary National costumes started rolling in, the Indian fans waited in agony to see the glimpse of their delegate's ensemble. It was finally known there were no photos of Miss India in her national costume - Why? Because, Miss India Vasuki Sunkavalli's National Costume was apparently stuck with the Brazillian Customs and failed to clear through in time. This was later corroborated by Miss India's tweet herself later in the evening. Miss India was thus, unable to be recorded on the parade of nations wearing her national costume.
How did this blunder happen on such an important occasion and who's at fault? First thoughts surmount to Miss India Organisation ( I am She, Co.). Lack of preparedness and a contingency plan shows how poorly the Org is stacked amongst other 88 countries, not one of whom had a similar glitch. When you are participating in such a big world event you should have your modus operandi worked out with all possible fallbacks. The fact that the costume has been stuck with Customs for over a week (as tweeted by Miss India Vasuki) divulges the improvidence of the Indian Contingent even more.
Second to be gunned, is the host country Brazil. A host country is supposed to maintain a smooth organisation of an event . And a major lapse as this is certainly going to blemish Brazils' reputation as a credible and able host. Its stipulated (and assumed by any sane mind) that the organisers would be taking care of the contestants and delegates once they arrive in Brazil and to prevent any hassle. As much as this a wreck for India, its a bigger failure for Brazil of being a faux pas hostl.
An out of context, but relevant musing might be, "why was the costume seized by the Customs?" , "What objectionables did it actually bear?". We'll know that only when (if at all) its retrieved in time.
In all, this has been a heart breaking day for the Indian fans, and my heart goes out to them. My best wishes for Vasuki, it must be equally hard for her for no fault of hers but an ineffective management. I hope this is sorted out at the earliest and India puts up a solid representation on the final night, without any weak excuses or callous aftersays.