INDIA IS NOT ONLY FEUDAL STILL, BUT ALSO ALLOWS FEUDALISM TO EXPRESS ITSELF IN UNACCEPTABLE WAYS!
The news report in TIMES OF INDIA (Bangalore edition dated 22.07.2009) states that Mr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam former President of India and one of the greatest minds produced by India in Missile Technology, and most of all a TOLERANT and HUMBLE person has been humiliated, not merely thru frisking by the American CONTINENTAL AIRLINES staff, but also by asking him to remove his shoes before boarding- all in the name of SECURITY.
What has FRISKING got to do with FEUDALISM?
When a person is not recognized by the authorities they have every right to conduct the security procedures , as laid down in their RULE BOOKS. There are exemptions granted to dignitaries and spouses of dignitaries thru notifications issued by the Ministry. These exemptions serve as notice to the Authorities at the airport, to exempt them from the normal procedures applicable to the persons NOT RECOGNIZED in Law.
BUT when an EX-PRESIDENT of India, is not merely frisked but also asked to remove his shoes, in the Indian soil by a foreign Airlines despite being alerted, by the CISF officers on duty accompanying the EX PRESIDENT, it is not a RULE OF LAW, but utter FEUDALISM!
I can visualize how embarrassing it must have been for a senior citizen to bend and remove his shoes at the boarding point of the aircraft! And worse still how he’d have had to bend to wear them back in front of men far inferior in stature, nature and erudition to him. My blood boils!!
Had he not been recognized under law to be exempted, i’d have had the matter pass by. But here in his own mother land, a set of idiots insist that as per US laws, everyone had to be frisked before boarding.
DO WE NEED SUCH FOREIGN AIRLINES WHICH IMPOSE THE US LAWS IN OUR LAND?
MERE SHOW-CAUSE NOTICES WOULD NOT SUFFICE, WHICH NORMALLY PETER OUT INTO LEGAL HAIR SPLITTING WITH A NOMINAL APOLOGY FROM A LOW LEVEL STAFF FROM THE AIRLINES!
IT IS TIME INDIANS STOOD UP TO SUCH HIGH HANDEDNESS PRACTICED ON THE INDIAN SOIL!!
BUT HATS OFF TO MR. ABDUL KALAM, WHO HAD BORNE THE INDIGNITY FROM THE 21ST APRIL 2009 TILL NOW IN SILENCE AND HAS NOT LET IT TURN INTO AN ANTI-MUSLIM SENTIMENT OF THE AMERICAN LAWS!!
HUMILITY IN THE FACE OF HUMILIATION, IS TRUE TEST OF CHARACTER. I AM PROUD OF THE INDIAN WHO HAS DEMONSTRATED THAT AGAIN.