Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Frisking of Dr Kalam

This is one of the hot topics today...MPs from various political parties were on their feet, raising the decibel levels at Lok Sabha, on this issue..! Reports say, 'an unrepentent Continental Airlines' has said every passenger is treated 'equally' and will thus be subjected to 'frisking', before boarding their aircraft.
Air-traval became less safer wef Sept 11. Thereafter, the three recent air-disasters, have made all more paranoid. If C A's rule says so, perhaps they were right in frisking Dr APJ.
I wonder what is Dr Kalam's stand ? The reports confirmed he went through the formalities, 'politely'. True to his way of doing things... He might be feeling silly being in the middle of an unnecessary 'controversy'!
Last couple of days, I have been tracking reports on MandelaDay celebrations. No doubt, he is a great leader and truly God's gift to mankind, Africa and RSA. We indians like him due to the Gandhian connection.
I was looking at our own list of prominent contemperories. I had recently posted about our inability to acknowledge the living legends! Few names came to my mind - Dr Singh, Dr Kalam, Atalji, Pt Jasraj, Lataji, SMG/Sachin, Amiabh, Pt Bhimsen Joshi, Vishy Anand. . . ( I am keeping our Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Sri Sri, Mata Amritananda Mayi, ... out of this list) I felt Dr Kalam is comparable to Mandela. He is embodiment of what India stands for.
A frisking incident will not affect people of Dr Kalam's stature. He is much more than a former president for us. It is beyond the grasp of Continental Airlines...


pcecil said...

Just stumbled by your blog but i completely agree. Why is it embarrassing for a VIP to be frisked when it is not for a common man? The people in power should remember that it is we who hoisted them up.


Vishwanath Seshadri said...

Firstly, thanks for keeping me updated on the latest news... I am in a place where I do not have access to newspapers and TV :)

Secondly, although it will not affect Shri Abdul Kalam and he takes such things in stride, it is huge insult to our nation. Imagine, Bill Clinton or George Bush being subject to such frisking !!!!

SUBS said...

Check out ToI : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/usrmailcomment.cms?msid=4803864&usrmail=subash.cv@gmail.com&mailon_pollopinion=1&cmtype=4

It is good you are away and enjoying the spiritual living...you are not missing much of news :)