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RESPECTED COLLEAGUES: SAADAR NAMASKAR:
SHRI JOGINDER SINGH, IPS (Retd), FORMER DIRECTOR, CBI, INDIA ON DETENTION OF SHAH RUKH KHAN (SRK) IN NEW YORK
I am enclosing herewith an article by Shri Joginder Singh, IPS (Retd.) Former Director, CBI, India, supporting my view point that Government of India acted with immaturity and went overboard to take up Shah Rukh Khan's case of some 75 minutes delay for entry into USA.
He further says that "I can only say that Government should introspect and assess, whether it was worth it to make so much fuss, on a Non VIP and a film artist, who speaks the lines written and thought of by others."
Saturday, April 14, 2012
An Article on Film Actor Shah Rukh Khan Visit to USA in 75 Minutes
VIP Syndrome, A Bane For India
Funny is the word which aptly fits the antics and tantrums the Government of India, throws, on trivialities. A film actor, was detained at New York airport sometimes back and this time in April, 2012, at an air port close to the New York.. The Government have called the film artist a VIP, who according to it, literally should have the run of any country. I thought I should look up as to what the VIP as in the Indian senses Stands for. I found the following interesting interpretations of the word;
Very Important Person
visually impaired person
Value Improving Practice
Very Impatient Person
Verification Integration Plan
Very Idiotic Person
Vanity Is Perfection
Vulnerable Infants Program
Video Instructional Program
Very Intelligent Person A film artist waiting for 75 minutes, at the airport, for his clearance, and it appeared to the Government of India, as if Heaven had fallen. Incidentally, neither his work ,nor his job exposes him to any security threat or any danger to his life. Suddenly, how a person working in film industry becomes a VVVVVIP, when there are umpteen number of businessmen, industriailists, builders or civil servants are doing more important work.
How has he suddenly become a VIP in the eyes of the Government of India, which has gone overboard to take up his case of some 75 minutes delay for entry into USA. Whereever I have gone abroad, I have scrupulously avoided going near even, the Indian Embassy, because the impression, with a few exceptions, all Embassies give is that if you have any problem, solve yourself or go to hell on your own.
Except for an unhelpful and rarely helpful receptionist, you cannot get past him or her to see or speak to somebody higher in the hierarchy in the missions.
Incidentally, when you go to other countries, you have to follow their procedures. Has any body ever checked as to how long it takes to enter our country, even with a valid visa and how long it takes Indians on Indian Passport to clear all the formalities, even in India.
Why are we paranoid about the position we hold? In this Government is guilty of pampering the film artist. To show that the person in question is an International Celebrity is a travesty of the facts. He may be known in India or where Indian Population lives. But if I were to ask, anybody as to who is the top Hero or Heroine Of USA or UK or France, or Pakistan, or Sri Lanka or Malaysia or Thailand, or of other countries, answere would be a fumble or I do not know.
Every country is free to adopt any system to safe guard its security, and if it does not suit anybody, he or she need visit those State or Nations. The External Affairs Ministry has patted its back, that its officials got him cleared in 75 Minutes.
It is a shame, that Indian Authorities, would go to this extent to help a film artist, where as I am aware of the facts, how Indians abroad are harassed abroad by the same missions. In one case, an Indian in Canada, who wanted to visit India, to see his ailing mother was denied visa, despite my pointing it to the External Affairs Minister. What point is the Ministry trying to prove is not clear? Does it want to convey that it takes up the causes of every Indian or of a select group or community or religion?
It appears that instead of serving all the Indians, Indian Missions are out only to rescue a select group or type of people? What is wrong, if before the entry to USA, its officials wish to verify the credentials of the visitors or people going out? I myself have faced this problem in our own country, as name Joginder Singh is Common to all types of criminals including terrorists or wanted people. I have patiently waited till I am cleared.
If the name of the film artist is similar to any terrorists, it is natural for the USA to have verified it. It is because, of the stringent security measures, that USA has not allowed, any terrorist incident to take place, in that country, after 9/11. On the contrary, terrorists have struck at will, in Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Ahemedabad, Suart, Bangalore and many other places, because of either no policy or policy of willing to strike but afraid to wound. It was decent of USA to have apologised, for any inconvenience caused, to the film artist. But it was not really called for, nor is justified, as a courtesy.
USA has denied religious profiling. Even if it was done, there is nothing wrong with it, as most of the terrorist attacks are led by the Muslims. I have seen in the Middle East Muslim countries, very carefully scrutinizing the entrants to their country from Pakistan, for the same reason. It is as much the Right of USA as of India, to regulate the entry of anybody to their country, whether it suits somebody or not.
When in Commerece Ministry, the Secretary of the Ministry had his tale of woe, while leaving India. He told me that every time, he went abroad, he was questioned and his antecedents checked. So to ward off, any such contingency he would write clearly, on the departure and arrival form, as Avtar Singh Gill, IAS, Secretary Ministry of Commerce, Government of India. He said that he had to do as a number of Sikh Terrorists had the name of Avtar Singh.
· Sometimes we have to pay for the sins of our name sakes, and best is to bear and grin, as George Fernandez and Former President APJ Kalam did. If India is slack in controlling the ingress of the terrorists, as the numerous attacks by them have shown, , as well as by Maoists and Naxalites shown, why should we expect them, to follow, what we are doing or not doing. We should not try to appease any body as Chruchil rightly said; "An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile —- hoping it will eat him last". I can only say that Government that Government should introspect and assess, whether it was worth it to make so much fuss, on a Non VIP and a film artist, who speaks the lines written and thought of by others.
Live with no excuses, live with no regrets, when life gives You a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile.
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