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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Frisking is an insult to the nation comment

Apologies have no value.
No point in taking eyewash action on the lower cadre.
The only language the American Arrogance appreciates is green backs. So,
The Airline should be thrown out of the country for ever.


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by Venkat Balantrapu 22 Jul 2009
This story has been read 377 times.
Category: Technology
Topic: Others

“RISKING LICENCE THRO’ FRISKING!”

The recent episode of frisking the former president Mr. Abdul Kalam is an insult to India’s pride. Though the government reacted strongly by ordering an inquiry and assuring the nation a show-cause notice has been served on the concerned carrier, whatever damage has been done cannot be undone now. Surprisingly the episode has come to light now though it had happened sometime in April 2009.

One of the most popular presidents India ever had, Mr. Kalam was always willing and undergoing the regular drill of going thro’ the metal detectors whenever he travelled abroad. What has happened to him in this case is going a step too far. It seems there is no meaning or value attached to the specific list of president, vice-president, former presidents, prime minister, chief ministers, chief justices, etc., specifically exempt from routine checks and frisking even while flying on commercial flights. The simplicity and greatness of the former president was evident when he took the frisking by the airlines staff, including removing of his footwear in his stride and did not complain.
The airline, Continental Airlines of U.S. has gone ahead to clearly defend its actions claiming it was their company policy. On one hand, they have violated the law of the land which is clearly a wilful violation. It simply means the law of the land is only secondary for them. Here is a foreign airline having no regard for the government and it’s laws where it has been licenced to operate. Two questions come to mind immediately. One, whether Continental Airlines will do this to a former U.S. president in their own country and two, if an Indian airline, say Jet Airways does this in U.S. to one of their former presidents will the U.S. government take it with a smile? Will they allow such airline to continue to operate? If the Indian government does not take a serious note of this issue and fail to take appropriate action, it will expose its incompetence as well as give an impression this is just a one-off incident for them. Most important is for the government to find out why this happened in the first place.
This issue has already created a storm in the parliament and an uproar throughout the nation. Indians exempt from frisking have been subjected to this before and this includes former Lok Sabha Speaker and Union Ministers. Though this incident is three months old, the government has initiated some action now, thanks to the strong protests and objections raised by the MP’s. It will be interesting to watch the government’s response to the explanations from the concerned airline. Explanations should be first preceded by an unconditional apology. The government should do whatever is required to ensure our country’s laws are respected and such violations are not repeated in future.
This is a clear case of risking licence thro’ avoidable frisking!


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- by Venkat Balantrapu 22 Jul 2009
This story has been read 398 times.
Category: Technology
Topic: Others

“RISKING LICENCE THRO’ FRISKING!”

The recent episode of frisking the former president Mr. Abdul Kalam is an insult to India’s pride. Though the government reacted strongly by ordering an inquiry and assuring the nation a show-cause notice has been served on the concerned carrier, whatever damage has been done cannot be undone now. Surprisingly the episode has come to light now though it had happened sometime in April 2009.

One of the most popular presidents India ever had, Mr. Kalam was always willing and undergoing the regular drill of going thro’ the metal detectors whenever he travelled abroad. What has happened to him in this case is going a step too far. It seems there is no meaning or value attached to the specific list of president, vice-president, former presidents, prime minister, chief ministers, chief justices, etc., specifically exempt from routine checks and frisking even while flying on commercial flights. The simplicity and greatness of the former president was evident when he took the frisking by the airlines staff, including removing of his footwear in his stride and did not complain.
The airline, Continental Airlines of U.S. has gone ahead to clearly defend its actions claiming it was their company policy. On one hand, they have violated the law of the land which is clearly a wilful violation. It simply means the law of the land is only secondary for them. Here is a foreign airline having no regard for the government and it’s laws where it has been licenced to operate. Two questions come to mind immediately. One, whether Continental Airlines will do this to a former U.S. president in their own country and two, if an Indian airline, say Jet Airways does this in U.S. to one of their former presidents will the U.S. government take it with a smile? Will they allow such airline to continue to operate? If the Indian government does not take a serious note of this issue and fail to take appropriate action, it will expose its incompetence as well as give an impression this is just a one-off incident for them. Most important is for the government to find out why this happened in the first place.
This issue has already created a storm in the parliament and an uproar throughout the nation. Indians exempt from frisking have been subjected to this before and this includes former Lok Sabha Speaker and Union Ministers. Though this incident is three months old, the government has initiated some action now, thanks to the strong protests and objections raised by the MP’s. It will be interesting to watch the government’s response to the explanations from the concerned airline. Explanations should be first preceded by an unconditional apology. The government should do whatever is required to ensure our country’s laws are respected and such violations are not repeated in future.
This is a clear case of risking licence thro’ avoidable frisking!

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