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Finally an Indian has risen, who could call a spade a spade. For those late tuners, as a recap let me put the context in perspective. Sashi Tharoor, who was formerly an Under Secretary General in the United Nations, and presently an MP from Kerala and holding a ministership in the External Affairs Ministry who was not allotted a bungalow befitting his stature in New Delhi, had been staying in a five star hotel. This has caused a lot of eyesore to those hypocrites, who do not pause to think if Mr.Sashi Tharoor had been staying at the hotel footing his own bills or out of the Indian Exchequer, who have been bad mouthing his INSENSITIVITY during hard times. Consequently the Finance Minister of India sends a “request” to the ministers who are supposed to be staying in such opulent circumstances, to vacate the hotel and stay in “modest” accommodation.

Then as an OSTENSIBLE AUSTERITY measure, the party to which Sashi Tharoor belongs gently nudges the ministers and MPs to travel ECONOMY CLASS in the domestic sector. That is the last straw. Because, the first instance requires a minister to live within his entitlement and the second directive requires a minister to go BELOW HIS ENTITLEMENT. So much for the ostensible austerity measures.

Now Sashi Tharoor writes one of the finest lines ever by an Indian, in TWITTER. It goes I WOULD DEFINITELY TRAVEL IN CATTLE CLASS OUT OF SOLIDARITY WITH ALL OUR HOLY COWS!

It has brought out the essence in three phrases CATTLE CLASS, SOLIDARITY & HOLY COWS.

Unless an effort is put in to learn the English language, there is hardly any scope to appreciate the construction. The chief ministers of the most populous state of India and its neighbours have been vehemently supporting the promoting of Hindi language, not because they love Hindi, but because they do not want the masses to learn English and get the cloud of their ignorance removed. As that would jeopardise their political interests. But a day would dawn when those denizens would realize that ideas generate and proliferate faster in ENGLISH than in any other language, as English has international flavour and has adopted and adapted many cultures within itself. Why i say this is because there has been a GROSS MISINTERPRETATION of the phrase CATTLE CLASS.

Let us get this one straight, CATTLE CLASS refers to the ECONOMY CLASS in the Aircraft. Not to the passengers, as cattle, who travel by that class. Most of the misunderstanding is that the ignorant read negative meanings into phrases which are not to be split. Cattle is the modifier of the class. If one had traveled by INDIGO, in their cattle class, one would understand that to obtain the EMERGENCY EXIT SEATS and THE FRONT ROW SEATS ( which have better leg room)one has to shell out Rs.100/- per seat extra. So the INTELLIGIBLE DIFFERENTIAL is that when there is more legroom, the cattle class becomes J-CLASS. Therefore even in low-fare carriers there are SEATS that are treated as PREMIUM.

Besides the alliteration in Kattle Klass, most aircrafts have shrunk the legroom between the rows so as to pack the aircraft with more seats and thereby maximise their income. It is that arrangement that Mr.Tharoor had so aptly pointed out. Let me ask any passenger who is not somebody to obtain the FRONT ROW SEATS or the EMERGENCY EXIT ROW SEATS of the Economy class of AIR INDIA- she/he would get a standard answer that they have been already BLOCKED. Do u know why? It is simply because, SOMEBODY had sent his flunky and got it blocked flaunting his position in the set up. So he escapes the travails of the CATTLE CLASS, where one has to hold his knees up, as if she/he were getting F***ed!!


It was given respectability by the labour class and especially by Lech Walesa of Poland. He was a shipyard worker in Poland and won the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize and later went on to become the Prez of Poland. His movement against the oppressive Russian government was named as SOLIDARITY. We here in India are under no oppressive rule and there is no need to simulate such solidarity. Here is a minister who is used to certain minimum comforts in life and he had acquired those through his hardwork and efficiency, yet he is asked to be like a CATTLE and show solidarity with the hoi-polloi of the society? ARE WE NOT IMPOSING OUR GENERAL STANDARDS ON AN EXCEPTIONAL MAN? He is no mean man to be treated like the common masses. This eagerness to treat the exceptional as the ordinary is the bane of not the Indian mind, but a set of HYPOCRITES who believe that if we do not show AUSTERITY in public, then the deprived are likely to have misgivings about our wealth and are likely to move over to other camps!!

That leads us to HOLY COWS. This is a tricky phrase. Contextually this could mean the persons who promoted this travelling by air below entitlement and have been making a big show of the same. Like Sarojini Naidu said,”It costs the government of India a great deal to keep Gandhiji in such state of poverty!”, it takes a great deal to keep some of the endangered politicians in such state of ostensible austerity!!

Some shameless politicians have been quick to go below their ENTITLEMENT and travel cattle class. I am reminded of a statement made in the British parliament by Dennis Healey on Margaret Thatcher, ” When Ronald Regan tells her to jump, she just asks him , ‘how high?‘ ” All because like the British who owed their very existence to the Americans, some politicians owe their very existence to some people.

Let me conclude this with a paraphrase from the Bible:

Judas of Iscariot ( the person who betrayed Jesus), was appalled that a very expensive perfume was used to anoint Jesus by Mary Magdalene (?), and said that it would have been better if the perfume had been sold and spent on the poor. Jesus said :For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always (Matt.14:7) andthe gospel of St.John goes one better and says about Judas’ objection thus: This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein(John 12:6).



Should the government of India step in and bail out the two Airlines viz. Jet Airways and King Fisher Airlines and give them tax breaks and other benefits out of the tax payers’ money?

Both the Airlines had built up its clientèle of techies and executives who were living off the anxieties of the companies, which were pampering them with the hope that they would stick with them. Now that the party is on the wane and the writing is clearly on the wall, the clientèle has dramatically dwindled thereby bringing the squeeze.

It was not long ago, that the Low Cost Airlines (LCC) like Deccan, Go Air, Spice Jet etc had brought revolution in the skies and middle class persons were able to cut down the time of travel, to distances beyond a rail overnight journey, and get a whiff of maximizing the short leave granted to them in their work places. Our Hero who has assiduously built up an elitist image of himself and was keen on bringing in the reflection of his image to his Airlines, seduced Capt. Gopinath and thereby killed the benefits of the opening, created by the visionary zeal of Capt. Gopinath.

Today only the wealthy and the super-skilled who are sumptuously employed can afford air travel. This monopoly attempted to be established by our Hero has fallen flat.

Our hero was an NRI, as per paper reports, and had built his Brand to such dizzying heights that it may not be difficult to plough back the profits of his liquor business and off-set the PUTATIVE losses incurred by his Airlines. Yet he has the gall to ask the Govt. of India to permit him to put his hand into the national till. He had done great disservice to Indians by not only keeping his airlines elitist, but has predated with utter impunity and attempted a monopoly.

The new found friend is the largest share-holder of a company registered outside India. So therefore here we have a recipe for 2 NRIs to come together- use the cash rich companies which send their employees by an elitist airline conglomerate- and write expense accounts and show operational losses.

In the US, they have severe laws like The Sherman Act 1890, The Clayton Act 1914(?) to restrain such TYING UP agreements, so that competition is not stifled. But here in India we have MRTP Act and Competition Act etc., yet none seems to bring out the evil designs of such activities, which are done so openly. We all know that Judge Jackson had arrived at the formulation of splitting up MICROSOFT because their WEB BROWSER business was tied up inextricably with their WINDOWS 98 to the overall detriment of INNOVATION and GROWTH. Had it not been for George Bush Jr., the mammoth wud have been split up a long time back.

But here in India we do not have a conscience that works against this monopolistic forces which would bring them within the mischief of the text of the Acts passed by the legislatures.

The least that we can do, is to check up the Corporate Taxes and Direct Taxes paid out of these two Airlines and see if there have been substantial revenues generated to the country in the past years (but not thru indirect taxes), since their inception, and then take a view based on the contributions made to the national exchequer.

Losses can be generated if one is bent upon building an image without the sustaining power to maintain the image, based on performance.

It is time for Capt. Gopinath to revive the zeal and create a new low cost carrier.

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