I read recent news about detention of Uttar Pradesh (UP) minister Mr. Azam Khan at Boston international air port which was followed usual reactions from various quarters from India. The minister felt that he was victimized because of his religion (because he is Muslim), even he sees some kind of conspiracy behind this incident (actually this is a pathetic attempt to get some political mileage out of this trivial incident). This is not the first time this type of incident happened or such news appeared in Indian news media, there was similar reaction when Shahrukh Khan was detained for some questioning during his visit to Yale last year and in both these incidents the person claimed that they were questioned because of their religion but this is far from the actual truth these people are so called VIPs (very important persons) or I must say VVIPs in India and are used to get royal or exceptional treatment everywhere in India and by 'everywhere' I really mean "EVERYWHERE", at airports, hospitals, police stations, courts, on roads, anywhere they go they are not used to stand in line, wait for their turn or worst get questioned (this is huge insult for them). They just hate being questioned because one they are VIPs in India not only they expect whole India to know about their status, position and qualifications (if they have any) and behave with them accordingly but also expect rest of the world to follow the same norm, some of these creatures are pathetic examples of people living in self made world where everything comes after them, they and their ego is supreme and rest all is secondary.
Every day hundreds of people are detained for security reasons and are questioned at airports all over the world, this has become a normal procedure after attacks of 9/11, the procedure follows certain protocol and in one way is very necessary for that country's security. Because of current international conflicts and also political and social situations many countries face continuous threat of terrorist attacks and they need very robust and reliable system to maintain their safety with minimum inconvenience to people (their citizens as well as visitors). As I said many of these so called VIP people get very preferential treatment in India, they are not used to be treated like common person anywhere and many of them then start thinking that they totally deserve this special treatment. When Shahrukh was detained last year that time it was also revealed that before him many eminent personalities like former president Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and defense minister George Fernandes were also detained for similar reasons in past but none of them created any issue about this, they understood that this was a part of normal security proceedings of the country they were visiting but these other VIPs thought differently somehow they think that its only because of their religion they are questioned, I don't think that they even tired to understand how this system work and what is wrong is going through this procedure. Every day many people face this situation, they all go through little inconvenience, feel some irritation but all these procedures are in place to prevent some big disaster like 9/11 from happening again and I don't think any sensible human being want these incidents to happen again anywhere in world.
These people who make such a big fuss about some very regular and crucial safety procedures are actually biggest beneficiaries and at the same time are in one way victims of VIP culture in India, they get VIP treatment in India almost everywhere, roads are blocked causing inconvenience to common public for hours when some of these people travel by road, sometimes they delay trains or even flights by forcing them to wait so that these special people can board it at their own convenience, even they get preferential treatment in hospitals, all this makes everyone around them including themselves to believe that they are more important than others. This all creates a big bubble around these people and many of them feel very comfortable in that bubble, start living in that bubble and slowly start feeling that this is how the world works and should work. Whenever I read this type of news along with anger I feel sympathy for these creatures who can not digest the fact that they can also be treated like common people.
As far as the question of religion is concerned this is a pathetic attempt to dig for something which doesn't exist, as I said because of current international political situation and presence of so many terrorist organization pledging their association with Islam and recruiting youths from that religion heavily it is quite possible that terrorist database must be flooded with many names belonging with Muslim origin and whether anyone likes it or not this is a fact and we all know it. This is not related with how good or bad Islam is as religion but totally because of current state of affairs in world around us, very simple thing to understand and I am sure these so called VIPs know very well about this and if they don't then they should educate themselves with some of these simple facts.
Actually in my opinion many of these VIPs should be thankful to all common people in India (who are the actual victims of this ugly VIP culture) just for the fact that they don't complain about all the inconvenience they have to face because of preferential treatment offered to them, all these people have to wait endlessly on roads, in trains and even sometimes outside hospitals because this VIP culture. These VIPs should feel little shame to complain about inconvenience which they sometimes face which common people face everyday in their lives. We need to abandon this VIP culture so that these pampered beneficiaries of VIP culture (who are also victims based on symptoms they show) learn to live life like common people and won't feel victimized or discriminated just because they were treated like common man, we need them to expose to reality which they conveniently choose to forget.
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1. News about Mr. Azam Khan's detention
2. Azam Khan claiming conspiracy behind his detention