The recent frisking row by an american airlines on our beloved ex-president Dr A.P.J Abdul kalam where he was made to remove his shoes and hand over his belongings for scrutiny, has raised a lot of questions over the dignity of so called VVIPs in India. Repotedly the government has filed a FIR against 4 employees of the airlines. The most probable consequence for these 4 guys can be suspension from their job and may be some jail terms. What a reward it can be for doing the job with loyalty.
What the hell wrong is in frisking Dr kalam. By saying this in no way I want to insult Dr kalam. I am a great admirer and a big fan of him. He is a role model for me. But lets keep the emotions out of this discussion. Dr kalam was a passenger of that airlines and it was the duty of that airlines to frisk each and every passenger. Though in India 18 VVIPs are exempted from security checks and frisking. Still then I dont find anything wrong in frisking these VVIPs. Today we can see how insecure our lives are. Frequent bomb blasts and terrorist attacks are claiming a huge number of lives. And in these condition how can one talk about the dignity when the life of thousands are in stake. We all are aware with the power of these terrorists. They have a wide network with their spies reaching every corner of the world. In this condition, no one is safe, not even the so called VVIPs besides their 24 hr high security. Its not impossible for the terrorists to kidnap someone very near to these VVIPs making them their way to success. The december 13 attack on the Indian parliament can be considered as a consequence of security lapse where the terrorist took the advantage of a car with home ministry and parliament label to enter the parliament premises. No security personal dared to stop and check who is there inside. But what can they do also. If they start checking the ministers, then they will simply be awarded with a suspension letter. I remember a case in orissa where a policeman was suspended for not allowing a MLA to enter the parliament because he was not having the entry papers. The policeman was just concerned of performing his duty. But what he got at last. Isnt it a slap to the human ethics???
Whats more important in this frisking row is that we hear no protest or complain from the sufferer himself.Dr kalam considers himself more as a common man besides being ex-president. Its all those, who want a cheap publicity, shout against the frisk. In order to have a 100% safety, we have to allow these things to happen let it be Dr kalam, Dr Manmohan singh or whomsoever. Frisking is not a big deal when thousands of lives are concerned. Its time not to shout against the frisk but to learn that its a necessary thing. Then only we can say India as "safe india".
(What do you think, dignity is more important or safety??? 18 VVIPs should really be exempted from frisking and security checks??? Do comment)