Opinion

VIP Culture Should Be Purged From Our Democracy

Al Arafat Sherfuddeen

July 1st, 2016

SHARES

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Persistence of VIP culture
Conflicting reports surfaced in Bengaluru that an ambulance was held up in traffic for 25 minutes so that Karnataka CM’s convoy could pass. The cries and pleas of the relative of the patient went in vain and the police were unmoved. Even though it was not clear about the fatality of the patient, the public was disgruntled by the behavior of the police which was naturally directed towards the Karnataka CM. This is not the first time a Chief Minister’s convoy brings public life to halt; it is a common phenomenon across India. We have seen other instances where trains have been held up and sometimes airlines staffs get castigated for not waiting for a VIP.

No change in attitude
India has often fumed about the VIP culture of politicians, their huge security convoys and the expenditure of tax payers money which comes along with it. Most of the politicians have shown little intent to end this VIP culture and it has cost a few lives until now. The incident involving the Karnataka CM is a malaise, a cancer spread across the political class, for whom it is these convoys and other perks which lure politicians for high posts.

But once again, many of the common citizens will go about their daily lives without having the time to spare a thought for the victim and letting the politicians off the hook or it could be public anger can bring about a drastic change in this behavior of politicians.

But the tough questions remains

1. Why do we wait till something as bad as this to happen before we rise up from our slumber?
2. Why do politicians need security from the very people who they vote?
3. Do politicians have huge convoys when they come and seek vote?
The Logical Indian condemns this attitude of the politician, the Karnataka CM in this case and our condolences goes out to the family of the bereaved. Be it traffic, poor roads or a seat on a train, or catching the flight on time — the rules which apply for the commoners should be applied for all. It is time that public becomes intolerant to VIP culture.

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