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News Snippets

  • Trouble brews in Bihar JD(U)-BJP alliance as Bihar police asks special branch officers to keep tabs on RSS activities
  • Trust vote in Karnataka assembly today. With rebel MLAs deciding to stay away after the SC order, the Congress-JD(S) government is likely to fall as it does not have the numbers
  • Amit Shah says the government will identify and deport illegal immigrants from all parts of the country
  • Reports from Pakistan confirm that Hafiz Saeed has been arrested and sent to jail
  • After the SC order, Karnataka Speaker says he will go by the Constitution in deciding on the resignations of the 16 MLAs
  • Rebel MLAs say they will not attend the trust vote on Thursday
  • Supreme Court rules that rebel MLAs cannot be forced to attend the assembly and vote in the floor test
  • Both the Centre and the Assam government have sought re-verification of up to 20% of draft NRC data
  • Pakistan opens its airspace for Indian planes
  • Dilapidated building collapses in Mumbai, killing more than 10 people while many were still trapped
  • Kulbhushan Jadhav case verdict to be delivered today by the ICJ
  • A Vistara flight landed in Lucknow with just 5 to 10 minutes of fuel left in the tank
  • Supreme Court to decide on Karnataka MLAs plea today
  • Karnataka alliance to face floor test on Thursday
  • China says that the next Dalai Lama will be appointed by it
International Court of Justice agrees with India, stays Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution. It asks Pakistan to allow consular access to the accused.
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VIP Racism: Flourishing at All Levels

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
Television channels are debating non-stop on the supposed racism being practiced by VVIP’s and VIP’s against the common man. Close on the heels of flight delays and offloading of passengers involving MOS for Home Kiren Rijju and Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, comes the news of DMK heir apparent M K Stalin slapping a fellow passenger aboard the Chennai Metro. Clips of the slap are being shown repeatedly on most channels. Are VVIP’s and VIP’s of all hue so drunk on power that they think nothing of the common man? India is witnessing a clear divide between them and us, and this divide is growing by the day.

Abuse of position of authority can take many forms, like Robert Vadra being exempt from security checks at airports during UPA tenure or when a minister in the TMC government in West Bengal was caught on camera getting his shoelaces tied by his security detail or the one where the son of DIG of J & K Police flaunted his father and himself enjoying ‘perks’ of power by getting shoelaces tied by subordinates or having armed guards as caddies on the golf course. At a lower level, it can be a policeman on motorcycle going the wrong way on a one-way street without any pressing urgency.

Not only do the VVIP’s treat the common people like dirt but they refuse to accept their mistakes when confronted with evidence. In the M K Stalin case, the DMK first tried to pass it off as an internal matter by saying that the person slapped was a party member. Now, it has put pressure on the youth so he is saying that Stalin did not slap him.

In Rijju’s case, the minister first said that he was not aware that people were off-loaded to accommodate him of the flight. Then, he posted a picture of a boarding pass in trying to prove that the flight was preponed. Now he has contradicted the IAF report and says that he will not accept it. He has also refused to apologize for his highhandedness. Similarly, Fadnavis is said to be putting pressure on the duty manager to retract his statement. All of the above are clear cases of “chori and seena jori.”

VIP’s, celebrities and assorted queue-jumpers of all kinds (people like you and me who push a Rs 500 note to the security person or who claim that “Hum jahan khade hote hain, line wahin se shuru hoti hai” a la Amitabh Bachchan) should be made to understand that the days of such dadagiri are all but over. They can abuse power only at the risk of being exposed and brought to ridicule in this age when the common man is highly aware of his rights, the television cameras are mostly there and above all, the citizen journalists, who spring to action with their mobile phone cameras and the power of the social media.