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or closer home, Peaty is the country’s first male Olympic swimming gold medallist for 28 years and only the fourth in last 100 years. “Team has improved really well after London 2012, but she wasn’t ready. The police sergeant who made the arrestbacked by his unionaccused the president of being out of line and speaking without knowing all the facts Imagine the plight of an Indian policeman who dared to take on a prime ministeror even an MPfor that matter He would have been hangeddrawn and quartered The way our system works the politician is always right and officialdom invariably at fault We are yet to evolve as a democracy mature enough to adhere to the principle that all people are equalno matter what their situation in life The framers of our constitution were conscious that equality was a tough goal for our fledgling democracygiven caste and our well-entrenched feudal system Butironicallydemocracy itself threw up a new pecking order People holding public office and politicians assume that they are more equal than the rest of us Just a day before the Gates arrest there was a hue-and-cry in Parliament because prominent politicians like Mulayam Singh Yadav and Lalu Prasad learnt that their names were included in a list of 210 whose security had to be downgraded P Chidambaramwho himself sets an excellent example by opting for minimal securityis the first home minister courageous enough to order that security should be reserved for those holding constitutional positions or those facing a credible threat Neverthelessfollowing the parliamentarians furythe government backed down Over a quarter of the Delhi police forces strength of 60000 is today deployed in protecting 400 odd VIPs This huge number is supplemented by manpower from the paramilitary forces According to India Today there are 45000 policemen guarding 13000 VIPs in Indiacosting over Rs 600 crores A sizable section of the National Security Guard (NSG)our crack unit of commandos for swift anti-terrorism operationsis misused on VVIP protection detail Unfortunately in India enhanced security cover is seen as a status symbol The more cars and policemen in his entouragethe more self-important the politician Even the type of policeman in your security detail matters NSG commandos are so coveted that some chief ministers get their security guards to dress in Black Cat-style uniformshoping that the public will not know the difference Security is one aspect which differentiates our political class from the aam aadmibut there are many others A British MP visiting India recently pointed out that he had far fewer privileges than his Indian counterpart Our MPs have a wide range of facilities from securing school admissionsto procuring out-of-turn rail and airline reservationsgas connectionscomplimentary tickets to the cricketand so on Even their relatives and followers demand special favours and exemptions The other dayas I stood in a queue outside a multiplexI saw the man in front of me waving a letter from an MP in Haryanaand insisting rather threateningly that he should be given tickets even though there was the show he wanted was a full house It is not just our MPs and ministersbut a wide range of public servantsfrom judges to IAS secretariesto members of various statutory bodies and commissionsthat assume they are a breed apart Trappings of power cars with red lights on topspacious government bungalows in Lutyens Delhiunlimited free phone callsfree electricityexemption from normal security checks at airports and so on lead them to lose touch with reality It is because of the lal batti mindset that MPs felt it necessary to demonstrate their anger for three days over the fact that the former President Kalam was screened by Continental Airlines While he had no problemsMPs were outraged on his behalf After allformer Speaker Somnath Chatterjee had such a sense of his own importance that he refused to fly to Australia for a conference because the Australian government could not assure him that he would not have to undergo a security check like any other passenger Clearly in democratic India our netas believe that they are more equal than the aam aadmi [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Coomi Kapoor | Published: July 29 I realise how difficult it is to recognise the problem, The South Americans agreed to play the tiny Asian nation as part of the host football association’s 125th-anniversary celebrations and Sampaoli is refusing to underestimate his opponents despite the huge gulf in class between the sides.

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