The announcement of banning red beacons on top of the official cars came as a big step towards ending the VIP culture in India, and it should have happened years ago. Come May 1, the lal battis will be history, and we cannot be more thrilled. The Union Cabinet announced the ban on red beacons atop vehicles of all VVIPs including PM, President and Vice-President.
Everybody welcomed the decision, and so did we. Then came PM Narendra Modi’s tweet that said that hailed the decision and said that ‘Every Indian is special and is a VIP’. While we do agree that every Indian is special, but Mr PM, if you think that banning lal battis makes every Indian a VIP, you are sadly mistaken.
Every Indian is special. Every Indian is a VIP. https://t.co/epXuRdaSmY
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 19, 2017
In India, the lal batti culture was synonymous to massive public inconvenience. Therefore, the tweet of PM Modi, saying that every Indian is a VIP is a little unsettling and far from truth. Why? Well, there are multiple examples which can prove that the aam aadmi is unfortunately, always at the receiving end when it comes to the so-called VIPs. From getting stuck in traffic jams to police to standing in queues, the common man always has to suffer.
Yes, banning the read beacons atop VIP cars is a good move, but dear PM Modi, this is definitely not enough. If you recall, the very recent example of the common man suffering due to the VIPs, is an ambulance being stuck due to the VIP movement. A video went viral on social media that showed the policemen holding up an ambulance carrying a profusely bleeding child to make the passage clear for the convoy of a visiting leader in Delhi. The video sparked a lot of outrage after it went viral, where people asked whether the leader was more important than the life of a child. [Cops held an ambulance carrying a bleeding child. And the reason will make your blood boil]
Not to forget about our Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who not only slapped an Air India employee but also bragged about it in public, only on the basis of his so-called power. Yes, we respected the airlines’ decision of banning him from flying, but Air India revoking the ban on him definitely wasn’t right. So, it’s evident that how easy it is for babus and netas to get away with it. [Shiv Sena vs Air India: Here’s what is being happening to lift the fly-ban on MP Gaikwad]
While banning the red beacons is a good move, but there are many more difficult challenges that lie ahead. What about the arrogance of power that lies in the blood of our VIPs? Will it vanish with this step too?
Well, we don’t think so. From flights being delayed to the common man suffering at religious places, security checks and parking spaces, the VIP culture is definitely in the roots of the country, and therefore, calling every Indian, a VIP, is far from truth.
Dear PM Modi, it’s still a long way to go for you before you call every citizen a VIP.