28th Apr 2017 10:04:PM Editorials
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

One really does not know what to make out of abbreviation VIP. Is it very important person or very ignorant person or very incompetent person or very innocuous person or very illiterate person or very insecure person? But it would be a right guess to bracket the VIP as mixture of all that “I” stands for.

When Modi led government banned the red beacons, many commentators hailed it as an end of VIP culture. Such commentaries were far removed from reality.  Actually that was a mirage, an eye wash. Given the layers of VIP paraphernalia that adorns someone of little significance in this country won’t be that easy a task. Insignificant souls too find ways to induct themselves in the honorary list of VIP.

There is a pompous tribe that gloats in being called as “honourable” yet they aren’t. They are cocksure that they aren’t as honourable as they are masquerading or else why would these honourable encircle themselves with layers of security personnel. Who is threatening and for what joy, one wonders with lot of pain.

Another painful reminder of pretentious VIPs is the siren wielding pilot vehicles that zip past the chock-a-block traffic. The public are well aware that there’s hardly any important job being done in this frontier state that deserve a vehicle to move beyond 60 km per hour yet some very insecure person (VIP) likes to flaunt of being busy whereas just “an early start” would have sufficed.

Hoarding of expensive government vehicles like the “car collectors” is another joke of the time that we live in. It’s an irony that the government which is perpetually on the cusp of going bankrupt showers at least a crore worth of cars on ministers and parliamentary secretaries; and half that amount worth of cars on its bureaucrats-technocrats.

Delusion of importance attached to red beacons, security cover or car they drive in cavalcade must be wiped off if VIP culture has to go. In this global era when everyone is fighting to finish class in society, feudalistic VIPs created in the hallowed halls of parliament or assembly floors must cease to exist. The government must stop doling VIP freebies to salaried class including the elected politicians who are beneficiaries of state exchequer.

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
Email: kenterjoyaz@easternsentinel.in / editoreasternsentinel@gmail.com
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