Updated: July 30, 2012 03:10 IST

Olympics opening ceremony: Intruder, a student from Bangalore

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This July 27 photo shows an unidentified woman walking with the Indian team during the opening ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London. A media report on Sunday identified her as Madhura Nagendra, a postgraduate student from Bangalore. Photo: AP
This July 27 photo shows an unidentified woman walking with the Indian team during the opening ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London. A media report on Sunday identified her as Madhura Nagendra, a postgraduate student from Bangalore. Photo: AP

The identity of the woman, who had gate-crashed into the Indian contingent’s march past at the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games, was revealed on Sunday. A media report identified her as Madhura Nagendra, a postgraduate student from Bangalore. Her father claimed she was selected for a dance performance by show creator Danny Boyle.

Dressed in a red shirt and blue trousers, the woman was seen leading the Indian contingent alongside Beijing Games bronze medallist Sushil Kumar and her presence left the Indians fuming as they had no clue to who she was.

The organisers said they were “looking into” the issue after the Indian contingent submitted a letter expressing resentment.

Locog Chairman Sir Sebastian Coe said: “I was told about it. She... made it into the opening ceremony. There is a very important point to take into consideration… We will have our own discussion about that.”

Kamesh Srinivasan reports from London:

The acting president of the Indian Olympic Association, Prof. Vijay Kumar Malhotra, said he was still waiting for a response from the Games organisers on the intrusion.

Apparently, an official of the organising committee apologised verbally to the Chef de Mission, Brig. P.K. Muralidharan Raja, at the boxing venue, but Prof. Malhotra said he insisted on a written reply as the complaint had been given in writing to Mr. Coe. “Informally saying sorry will not do. We want a written clarification,” said Prof. Malhotra.

Usually, only the placard-holder with the country’s name walks with the contingent. But this time, the organisers had put an additional person to carry a copper petal that was meant to form the Olympic cauldron. The woman was supposed to guide the contingent till it entered the track, but she triumphantly took a round with the Indian squad. With the whole contingent in traditional attire, the intruder was a jarring misfit.

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I don’t know Madhura. I can’t say what went into her mind that prompted
her to indulge in such a brazen act of showmanship, or should it be
show- womanship? She seemed to have enjoyed herself and was seen waving
to the crowds as if her presence there was the most natural thing in the

from:  alagurajan karunakaran
Posted on: Jul 31, 2012 at 16:47 IST

It was indeed a sight to watch her, walking along with the Indian contingent. She certainly added some colors to the function. I believe she must have joined the contingent out of sheet excitement and thrill, and on the spur of the moment. She could be asked to explain her audacity and be just warned not to repeat such foolish acts in future. There is no need to punish her beyond this. By now, she must have learned her lesson. Let her move on with her life.

from:  D. Chandramouli
Posted on: Jul 31, 2012 at 12:05 IST

I find it funny.. I am not sure what is the shame with a grad student
gate crashing a parade! Looks like she did it for fun, I don't see any
harm in it! It happens folks.. chill!

from:  Karthik
Posted on: Jul 31, 2012 at 10:51 IST

This woman is a complete moron and should be held accountable for her insensitive actions. Did she not know that in all other countries march past there are no roles like her! Why did she keep on walking on when she had clear instructions to the contrary! On top of it she was wearing an attire that made her completely out of place in that group. This just went to embarrass the country in front of the entire world by one of own citizens! Indians are India's worst enemies!

from:  Jitendra Dutta
Posted on: Jul 31, 2012 at 08:56 IST

The complete video of the march past clearly shows how she made an effort to appear exactly in the centre. If she only had the intention of joining the group, she would have walked fast to grab the centre place in the front. She had clearly eyed on the hot spot. We need to conclude this only with the interest of not promoting such acts in the future.

from:  Anjana
Posted on: Jul 31, 2012 at 08:41 IST

To all those dumb headed comments supporting this reckless woman;you are supporting a dummy, who had no manners, no proper upbringing and sense of shame, when it came to respect our country's traditional dress code. The lapse entirely lies with the London Olympic organisers. Its not the matter of medals here, but the blood and sweat by all those Indian sports persons, who have given their lifetime to get here, in the hope of excelling. For that matter even stray animals sometimes manage to get in!

This girl is a slur to India and needs no sympathy or bliss of ignorance, considering she is well qualified and came for higher studies. Shockingly, the manners and rules of discipline it seems she never learned all her life.

The west should stop boasting itself of highly advanced in terms of security and management. When UK can install anti missile systems across various locations in London, I wonder where it left its wisdom when seen this incident of security lapse and empty stadiums!

from:  SKA
Posted on: Jul 31, 2012 at 07:25 IST

Mitt Romney had told British journalists that UK was not prepared enough for the games, the whole UK went against him.

from:  Atul Chaudhary
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 21:38 IST

Medals tally is what should matter to the national pride. She should just be left
alone. She loved her country and wanted to march along, no harm done.

from:  Abrar Malang
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 17:31 IST

Much ado about nothing. Don't know what silly thing is going to tick people off next.

from:  Deepu
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 16:31 IST

Agreed that the games' organizers failed to prevent her from entering
the march past. But doesn't she have a little common sense? Though the
organizers allowed her, how come she had the guts to walk past the flag
bearer, looking happy and excited as if she is taking a walk in the
park, obliging all the fans' cheers that are strictly limited for the
players. It has become a routine for India to get embarrassed by someone
or the other at all the international events. I can surely say this is
not going to change in the near future.

from:  Vishwa
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 16:17 IST

This "broiler chicken" girl is the true representative of India and its culture, isn't. It very much reflects how things can be bent in any way using money, power, and masala. It is very evident that this nearly obese have got into front row with the blessings of some Indian official, while those who worked hard with blood and sweat were pushed to the back

from:  Deepak
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 16:10 IST

This is a security lapse from olympics authority, and all world prime news channel discuss this issue as very important, I don't know how Indian authority handling this! she may had a bet with friends will commit this action also succeed,its seems her father feel proud with her action by create shame action on the face of nation.

from:  Lmarath C.A
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 16:05 IST

This is the assertive new India, not submitting slavishly to obscure rules and regulations.

from:  mohansingh
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 15:37 IST

why to do this, she is inside the India team it's not her mistake it's security mistake....i am not agree with revoking her passport....we don't do anything agaist her..just leave her...if ur commenting on her then she wil be famous like this only...

from:  sheetal
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 15:30 IST

Shame on the girl. Its probably an attempt to become popular and venture into cine industry or something? Or she has lost her mind totally! Whatever it is, this is an condemnable act!

from:  Siva
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 14:57 IST

Such an innocent face... she did all of us - who are unknown citizens of this country - extremely proud, by representing the unknown citizens at the World Olympics. Cheers...

from:  CK Raju
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 14:56 IST

A national shame..Nothing glorious or poetic about this. How selfish a
person can get? What does she deserve to be in the parade? There is
nothing bold about this girl. to me she is one who wants fame in 5
mins.. whatever it takes.

from:  Luwang
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 14:51 IST

Let's not blow this out of proportion by invoking the pride of India. That is hurt far more by the shoddy condition of our trains that allows 32 people to burn to death, by the daily riots and corruption, abysmal infant and maternal mortality, etc. Let us express outrage at all of these recurrent themes rather than fume about this "intruder" before knowing the full facts of the matter.

from:  Ninad
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 14:33 IST

Madhura has only exhibited to the entire world what is our national trait: how to beat or circumvent even the best-designed system.

She deserves a gold medal.

Mera Bharat Mahaan!

from:  K.Balakesari
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 13:40 IST

Easy to blame the organizers - but what were they to do? Send security to drag her out in the middle of the athletes parade. That would also have been seen as hurting India pride.
She is indian - let Indian courts or Indian Government take her passport away.
She had stadium acreditation as a part of the event, it was her decision to do this, so the only person hurting National pride was the lady herself.

from:  Neil
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 13:38 IST

But look at Indian squad dress so horrible and wearing turbans ha ha what a eye sore spoiled entire olmpics

from:  deega
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 13:03 IST

I dont understand why make a big deal of it. She did it out of patriotism and she had the courage to do it.. It shows how Indian daughters too can show patriotism but in this way..
I salute her..

from:  kumar
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 12:31 IST

I am amazed at the comments to the article than the article itself.
She could have simply been ill-instructed / Swept by pride in
accompanying the Indian outfit / mesmerized. Overall it could all have
been an act of innocence on her part. I wonder the people who are
talking about hurt national pride ever felt a bit of compassion
towards a fellow indian ? Citizen or Not !!! Somehow We claim sunitha
williams to be indian origin and proudly celebrate her success as our
own and when one of our own actually needs help, we shrug him/her off
instantly with a cocktail of misleading sentiments.... What a pity ...

from:  sami
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 12:20 IST

Even school going children know how to respect 'the dress code'. If she was in the dance group, where is her ID ? How could she be allowed to join the contingent without proper ID and uniform ? If this is the level of security in the games, its frightening. More importantly, have we come to a stage where words like rules, discipline and ethics mean nothing?

from:  Rakesh
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 12:14 IST

It definitely is a misfit. But I feel we are blowing this out of
proportion. We need to worry about providing good infrastructure &
support to our athletes and focus on building India's image in sports.

from:  ramya
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 11:56 IST

This is not a very serious shame brought to the country when compared to the Invitation
issued to attend the opening ceremony to Mr. Suresh Kalmadi even though the organisers
knew the cases against him and his release on bail. Hence whatever action the Indian
Govt. takes it should equally apply to the intruder also.

from:  G.V.Venugopal.
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 11:46 IST

Let us see how many medals indian atheletes bring with them to offset the effect of this incident when a charming Indian lady walked in front of them. They must be jealous of the fact that many eyes are looking at this beautiful lady instead of them and so all this uproar.

from:  Masud Zaidi
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 11:44 IST

It really seems disgusting that the Pride of the country has been hurt
by none other than an Indian.She should feel ashamed of herself as she
was trying to hog the limelight from the persons who have given
dedicated their lives to reach to such position of glory. Certainly such
persons should never be allowed to roam outside India, as they least
care about the dignity and reputation of the country.Her passport must
be revoked.

from:  Kunal Shreevastava
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 11:40 IST

Why are we so contented in hurting our National Pride??? If Madhuri Nagendra had gate-crashed into Indian contingent's march past, it shows the failure of the Games Organisers and we Indians have nothing to regret about it...

from:  Pratheesh Nambiar
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 11:34 IST

Folks. It happens.
Also, don't take it as a blot in our culture.. culture does not matter
as long as we are so messed as a country!

The real question is about security here!

from:  Karthik
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 10:41 IST

This is a horrible organizational error from the London team. They
should tender a written apology, and punish the girl as well for her

from:  Gayathri
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 10:39 IST

Some people will never follow rule. Whether it is within India or in forign soil. No one will believe she is ignorant of the rule, march past is for athletes. What an eye sore in an otherwise beautiful march past. Like India its people, lawlessness.

from:  Ayyappa
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 10:03 IST

If you must gate crash the opening ceremony, at least dress

from:  Pravin
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 09:54 IST

Such miscreants cannot be tolerated in view of increased security hazard and national pride!. British authorities should initiate appropriate action against the intruder and deport to her home country, with a request to initiaite action to deter further intruders!!

from:  KPD
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 09:46 IST

First thought it was Kalamandi's daughter!

from:  Deva
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 09:18 IST

Pathetic, people of India asking the government to take suitable action as she has defamed our country's fame. First just think what were other people from Indian contingent doing during that time did they not see that she was wearing an inappropriate dress. Second if she has really defamed then what about the Common Wealth Games scam, where was our country fame during that time. People of India are self-complacent. They don't want to react until something happens to them or their family. Let the country go on its own and we are paying taxes and thats it our duty is over.

Jai Hind... Mera Bharat Mahaan...!

from:  Kalyan
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 09:06 IST

One word to describe - impertinence. Decades back an upcoming bollywood actress
kissed Prince Charles and got a lot of attention but there was not much TV then also.
In a land of billion+ an attention deficit person will go to any length I suppose. It is
also an indication of the quality of India's so called youth power. Majority of the
youth get substandard education and parenting. Wish the media stops showing this
incident so that she will only get reprimanded and not become unduly famous
among her peers.

from:  Ramesh
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 08:54 IST

She went with the flow guys... :) ..Its not her problem, someone should have been there to ensure she gets separated from the contingent once they reach the truck. Another glaring example of absence of self-discipline..

from:  Prasad
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 08:52 IST

I guess next time we would see her in some Bollywood movie.

from:  Singha
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 08:32 IST

Nonsense! , This lady is Indian walked along with Indian team. Making huge cry over it is not warranted. Instead can we see where is India in the medals tally from last 1, 2 or 3 ... , or first 1, 2,3…. Instead hanging on use less points, media must focus on Games and medals, after all she is Indian walked with Indian team. or at least Praise who won medals. let walk hundreds of people in the parade but who wons is matters.

from:  STEPHAN
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 08:30 IST

When porn stars like Sunny Leone are happily sanitized and embraced by the Indian media and public, and popular Bollywood actresses Sri Devi, Jayapradha are honored with MPships, why shouldn't India cheer this woman Madhura Nagendra who dared to break the protocols and pranced gleefully in the London Olympic march ? It sure beats my imagination, why India should tax its scatter brain, when this is clearly an issue to be dealt with by the officiating authorities in London.

from:  Joseph Christie
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 08:23 IST

Further Sushil should have noticed her in an ordinary dress and could have objected to her presence along with her in the parade.IT should be probed whether she connived with any of the team members or olympic organisers with her imposing personality!

from:  sundaram
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 08:21 IST

Looks like this no good creature wanted her 15 minutes of fame without actually achieving anything. Whether Indian athletes win medals or not is another topic entirely. The fact is those athletes marching were the best the country has and they competed for a spot.

from:  Shyla
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 08:20 IST

It was clearly an honest mistake and has given the Indian team significantly more international coverage than it would have otherwise had - surely that can only be a good thing.

The most embarrassing thing for India right now is that so many people are outraged by the incident instead of sitting back and having a chuckle about it all.

from:  IP Naidu
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 08:06 IST

Everybody blame this lady why? Yes she did mistake, let me ask you one thing, WHAT WAS ALL THE members of the march past was doing? Even the Leader? They could not stop the march past when they saw this lady? ALL THAT WERE DEAD? They were just watching her on the way with them. They should stop and tell her to move out, then continue their march past. When the flag was changed in the screen, on the pay, north korea stopped the game, and INDIANS JUST WATCHING, WHEN THIS LADY MOVE....Great....I salute the Guts of this LADY...she is also Indian....

from:  roji
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 07:43 IST

she is killadikku killadi. she is fit for indian politics.

from:  sivaprakasam
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 07:43 IST

Madhuri Nagendra a PG Student from Bangalore, a Danny Boyle selected
dancer, who was asked by organizers to guide the Indian contingent till
the gate perhaps got excited and rather than leaving them she
accompanied them further for the entire lap. She must be reprimanded for
the disrespect and the insult she has caused to our nation and hurt to
our people in India and world wide.

from:  Bachan S Barthwal
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 07:41 IST

There were more deserving and Bold and better new Indian women, walking
behind the girl.

from:  RR Rathore
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 07:34 IST

What next for this young lady -- a career in reality TV?

from:  Mahadheesh
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 07:33 IST

Case closed. Time to move on...there are bigger fish to fry.

from:  Arjun
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 07:29 IST

Come on guys, see the humour in it: she represents modern India- beautiful young Indian UK
student, promoting Bharatanatyam, father an exporter, hails from India's famous city, isn't
there for medals, and shows how nobody knows what's going on!

from:  Sachi R
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 07:15 IST

Big Deal ? She is Indian too

from:  Raj
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 07:04 IST

Meet the bold new Indian woman who does not give a damn about reputations and occasions and will never fail to make her presence felt.

from:  Nandi Dev
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 06:43 IST

The need to have a 15min of fame, even undeserving as in this case,
seems to be an overpowering desire. That lady in question should be
ashamed to have walked with the athletes who've sweated and given up so
much in their lives to get there.
The news orgs would better serve the athletes who've toiled hard, by
photoshopping her out of the picture and don't feed any more into this.

from:  GN Pathy
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 06:29 IST

Not only a jarring misfit but an eyesore to our country's glorious
culture and traditions. Suitable action should be taken against this
girl who maligned the whole setup.

from:  Syed Kabeer Ahmed
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 05:13 IST

The issue appears to be blown more to attract attention. The girl is
asked to lead the team to the track and the instructions should be vague
regarding further march in the track. Nothing serious could happen as
security check should have happened for the person who accompanies the
team upto entrance.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 04:58 IST

What was the dance squad member doing in causal clothes in the stadium instead of being with her troop? We can be sure that this incident too will be swept under the carpet by our erstwhile masters; like how they silenced Peter Lever's vaseline swingers, Gavaskar's humiliation at Lords. From our side, did our security sleuths talk to the intruder immediately after this incident? We need answers, at least from our quearters.

from:  siva
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 04:53 IST

It seems only Indians can invent new ways to hurt their national pride. Sadly, Madhuri Nagendra has set a new benchmark. Now that the identity is established, why don't the Brits deport this lady to India while the Government of India acts swiftly and revokes her passport if she holds an Indian passport?

from:  Cheenu Srinivasan
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 04:51 IST

For those who seek cheap popularity,such mega events give a great opportunity. If the young woman had walked at the tail end of the contingent, it may not have caused an uproar. We have to be thankful, she did not "streak" like some others have done in the past!

from:  Poligar
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 04:20 IST

Bangalore rocks , hats off to this student who slipped through the
security and found a decent place , right in front of the Indian team
and is still at large. The smiling face and this incident will be hard
to fade away,on the other hand the organizers will have a tough time to ascertain the reason for all this

from:  neeraj bhatt
Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 03:32 IST

Congratulations to Madhura Nagendra.
She should now be given a role in a Bollywood movie.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 at 03:31 IST
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