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Nobody else throws his or her weight around in that countryand the common person doesnt give a damn about VIPs Hereof coursethe situation is hugely different The VIP status is flaunted in the face of countless millions every dayround the clock and round the calendar You dont have to spell out the word; everyone knows what it means In sharp contrast to what prevails in the USthe super-wealthy in India dont need to proclaim themselves VIPs They get whatever they want without saying a word The whole system seems geared to their needs and wishes The odd tycoon who gets caught on the wrong side of the law lives in jail in greater luxury than five-star hotels can provide It is the political classthe army of bureaucrats and those who can muscle into the establishment (a great many doincluding some whose only qualification is that they are related to some high up in power) that form the bedrock of the VIP cult and the perks and privileges that go with it Like much elsethe VIP is a legacy of the British Raj Independent India has not only embraced it with gusto but also expanded it vastly For instanceall through the British ruleonly the viceroy and the governors of 11 British Indian provinces could fly the flag on their cars The only exceptions were army generals Somewhere down the linethe English class system and Indias deathless caste system must have rubbed off on each other to produce the wonder that is the Indian VIP From the morrow of Independenceall ministers were entitled to fly the national flag on their cars and in their homes Cabinet ministers had the additional right to display on their vehicles the Ashoka emblem When Nehru went to his first Commonwealth prime ministers conference in Londonhe found that no British ministerincluding the prime ministerflew the flag on their limousinea practice that continues even today On returning homehe discarded the flag on his own Ambassador and told his colleagues to do the same The scramble for the VIP status then took other manifestations For exampleMohanlal Saxena wrote to Nehru that though he was a minister of statehe held full charge of the ministry of rehabilitation He saw no reasonthereforewhy the gates to his bungalow should be without the globes of light that adorned the entrances to cabinet ministers homes Flags on the VIPs cars reappeared soonthough usually sheathed rather than fluttering Meanwhilethe events of the 1980s in Punjab and Kashmirand the appearance of cross-border terrorism on the Indian scene had added to the woes of the helpless non-VIPs in direct proportion to the burgeoning privileges and pampering of those more equal than the rest Howeverthere is nothing so grim as not to have a comic side to it Nothing causes so much resentment and bad blood among VIPs as a higher category of security assigned to someone else They get angrier when told that security classification depends not on the status or seniority of the individual to be protected but on the threat perception by intelligence agencies What has taken over in a big way is the crazeand competitionfor the red beacon or lal batti atop the cars At first the privilege was restricted to a few at the very top but then it spread like an epidemic Mercifullythe move to extend the right to lal batti to all the 800 MPs has been stalled for the presentat least But imagine the havoc it would cause for the traffic in the nations capital when members of Parliament do get their coveted red beaconas they almost certainly will And please do not forget that what is sauce for MPs in Delhi is sauce also for MLAs in states The writer is a Delhi-based political [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Updated: May 27 2014 12:00 am Related News After the heat and acrimony of a fiercely contested election the ushering in of the new government was a calm and sober pageant As Narendra Modi was formally sworn in as prime minister of India along with his council of ministers the impressive ceremony in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan was attended by thousands including a phalanx of SAARC heads of government The event was perfectly choreographed with the PMO website going live seconds after Prime Minister Modi took the oath of office The council of ministers is a calibrated mix of those who have featured in older NDA governments and new faces showcasing a heartening representation to women It frames also the new prime minister’s attempt to reach out to his own party after a campaign that focused on his persona and seemed to dwarf other leaders There will soon be greater clarity on the way ministries have been restructured for maximum cohesion At least half a dozen ministries have reportedly had their functions reassessed and allied departments have been grouped together to avoid delay duplication and working at cross-purposes The new council of ministers is an unusually small entity at a mere 44 right now the smallest to take oath in the last 15 years In comparison the previous Manmohan Singh government had 78 To some extent this is simply the difference between a ruling party with an unambiguous majority and a coalition struggling to reward and accommodate allies But it also fits in with Narendra Modi’s stated governing philosophy one that he has repeated through his election campaign At first glance therefore this appears to be a purposeful cabinet streamlined for efficiency With the strong mandate he has and given his position as someone who won the BJP establishment this historic victory Modi has the luxury of choosing the right person for the job rather than being caught in a web of obligations What is difficult to miss is the generational shift the remarkable change that has coursed through the NDA The cabinet committee on security for instance which includes the ministers of defence finance home and external affairs and makes the most critical decisions for the government is composed entirely of first-timers including Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley This lack of experience is also an opportunity The absence of jadedness could potentially infuse a new energy into decision-making Given the weight of vaulting public expectations which the Modi government cannot but be acutely conscious of an agile and coordinated executive that hits the ground running is of prime importance For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsNew Delhi:JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar who is facing sedition charges was allegedly attacked on campus on Thursdayby a youth believed to be an outsider According to students and teachers present there the attacker called Kanhaiya for an interaction when he was attending the "nationalism" lecture at the university’sadministration block Kanhaiya Kumar PTI "Kanhaiya went to a corner to talk to him where the boy started abusing him and following the argument he slapped him Seeing this many students and university’s security guards rushed to rescue him" a student said The varsity’s security got into action and took the accused to the nearest police station where he has been detained for questioning a police official said adding his identity is yet to be verified Kanhaiya faces sedition charges in connection with an event on campus against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised He was granted interim bail for six months by the Delhi High Court last week after spending 18 days in jail The students and teachers of the varsity had expressed apprehension about Kanhaiya’s security after he was attacked by a group of lawyers in Patiala Court premises on 17 February The Delhi police has asked the varsity authorities to intimate them about Kanhaiya’s movements outside the campus A man who claimed to be the president of "Purvanchal Sena" had last week announced a reward of Rs 11 lakh for anyone who shoots Kanhaiya He was later arrested PTI In the scorching month of May 2014 the Muslims of India slipped into a dark mood of pessimism at the prospect of living under a BJP government swept into office with a decisive majority Over the course of the year that somber mood has since been dispelled This is not because the NDA-II has proved to be a different kettle of fish but because Muslims have adjusted to what can be called the New Normal This is the condition in which it is considered normal to have anxieties and fears triggered by political developments – and pessimism to a degree is deemed realistic To understand the New Normal we need to rewind to May 2014 Representative image AFP When Modi ascended to office Muslims feared they would be besieged by the Hindutva forces which would bring to the front-burner the contentious Ram Temple and the Uniform Civil Code issues Worse it was thought Narendra Modi would trigger minor tsunamis to sweep the BJP into power in states where Assembly elections were due To have a BJP government at the Centre and also in the states seemed akin to Muslims being caught in a pair of red-hot tongs Looking back some of the fears haven’t thankfully materialized; for example widespread riots haven’t broken out But it doesn’t mean nothing has changed For the religious minorities life under the Modi government can be considered ‘normal’ only because the very definition of the word has been altered This New Normal has 10 distinct features Feature No 1 of the New Normal is the absence of major rioting – this descriptor doesn’t apply even to last year’s communal conflagration in Saharanpur Uttar Pradesh where three persons died scored were injured and curfew imposed for days Yet Saharanpur pales in comparison to the horrors we Indians are capable of inflicting on each other Horrifying rioting may not happen under the New Normal but the communal cauldron is constantly kept simmering brought close to the boiling point every time there is an election around the corner This began during the byelections in Uttar Pradesh and stopped following the Delhi Assembly polls Feature No 2 of the New Normal pertains to the methods of keeping the communal cauldron on a slow simmer Over the past year Sangh Parivar has enhanced social tensions through divisive programmes such as love jihad and ghar wapsi An additional ploy is to raise communally charged non sequiturs to spark furious debates Sample just two of these – since Muslims and Christians drink from the same fount of culture why can’t they call themselves Muslim Hindus or Christian Hindus Since most Muslims and Christians were either compelled or lured into leaving Hinduism why can’t they be brought back into its fold These debates on non sequiturs leave not only the minorities aghast but also many who are counted as Hindus TV newspapers digital sites remind the BJP that it was voted to power for ushering in good governance and development not for tearing apart the social fabric The media clamour conveys a sense of social instability turning citizens and investors apprehensive of the future Perhaps it also enables the moderates in the BJP to mount pressure on the hardliners to retreat This kicks in Feature No 3 of the New Normal Commmunal rhetoric no longer dominates the anxieties and fears of minorities ebb and life seems as normal as when non-BJP governments rule at the Centre Call it ‘extreme normalcy’ – for it defies credulity feels illusory and always seems on the verge of disappearing The Sangh scripts extreme normalcy periodically to to allay the fears of Hindus opposed to Hindutva The liberal-left and rightwing secular among them then begin to debate issues material not cultural or religious in nature Over the last two months the nation has witnessed extreme normalcy manifest in the discussions say over the land ordinance In the weeks of extreme normalcy under the New Normal members of the minority often begin to speculate on its duration whether it has been crafted only because there is no election around the corner For instance many Muslims have already begun to predict that extreme normalcy will end as soon as Nitish Kumar and Lalu Yadav cobble together an electoral alliance Should they fail to reach an agreement the period of extreme normalcy may be extended but it is guaranteed to end sometime next year in preparation for the battle for Assam and West Bengal in 2016 and Uttar Pradesh in 2017 Feature No 4 of the New Normal is the political marginalization of Muslims which underlines in turn the diminishing importance of their vote As I had written after the Lok Sabha elections “If you were to look at the results from just the narrow perspective of victory and defeat Muslims have been effectively disenfranchised: for the first time in India’s electoral history the Lok Sabha election has been won without their contribution” And not a single Muslim was elected on the BJP ticket to the Assemblies of Haryana Maharashtra and Jharkhand – all three states where the BJP captured power in recent months As the Muslim vote becomes less key to electoral victory Muslims and their sentiments are not taken into account in controversial policy decisions Hence the expansion of the ban on cow slaughter to include bulls and oxens and rewriting of history books to portray the Mughals as despicable bigots Rewriting of history is aimed at communalizing the past for demonizing the Muslims in the present Feature No 5 of the New Normal is establishment double-speak where RSS pracharaks and the Prime Minister speak in conflicting voices a trend which originated under NDA-I RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat will conflate India with Hindus extol the superiority of their culture and tacitly exhort them to assert themselves over others besides taking potshots at Mother Teresa and her like By contrast the Prime Minister will speak of the supremacy of the Constitution assert an Indian citizen’s right to profess and propagate his or her faith Since Bhagwat only heads a self-proclaimed (and self-attested) cultural organisation we are asked to place our faith in the Prime Minister’s words Yet Modi didn’t publicly admonish the Hindutva footsoldiers engaged in the ghar wapsi and love jihad programmes or when the churches in Delhi were vandalized or desecrated before the Assembly elections there His strategic silence gives lie to that Red Fort speech made early in his tenure which included an appeal to citizens to put a 10-year moratorium on caste and communal violence Muslims would have preferred Modi to speak against the ideological basis of such violence instead of appealing for a moratorium However the Delhi debacle prompted Modi to speak at a Church function about the "undeniable right" of people to "adopt or retain the religion" of their choice without coercion Weeks later he reiterated to Time magazine his government’s intention to provide "total protection" to all communities Modi’s interview to Time magazine unwittingly underscored Feature No 6 of the New Normal when he said “My Government will not tolerate or accept any discrimination based on caste creed and religion So there is no place for imaginary apprehensions with regard to the rights of the minorities in India” Thus under the New Normal Muslims’ fear of the Hindutva projects are dismissed as plain paranoia This also entails pumping journalists with statistics suggesting that the communal situation under Modi is the same as it was under his predecessor Manmohan Singh Genuine fears and anxieties of a community that can never be captured or communicated through the curvy lines of graphs are dismissed as baseless The severe drubbing the BJP received in Delhi has belatedly resulted in Feature No 7 —that it is possible for minorities to hope for change under the New Normal For one it shattered Modi’s aura of invincibility Two the Delhi debacle could prompt the BJP to rethink its strategy of Hindu consolidation After all its attempts to trigger communal tension didn’t yield a rich harvest of votes for it Three since there are no permanent majorities in democracy Muslims and other minorities will stive to align with other segments of the electorate to vanquish the BJP For instance in the 2013 Assembly elections the Congress bagged five out its eight seats from Muslim-dominated constituencies All these five constituencies voted overwhelmingly in favour of AAP in Feb In this sense the New Normal is no longer about adjusting to the existing reality It is also about striving to reconfigure it The Sangh’s policy of menacing Muslims spawned the tendency among Muslim voters —who have largely chosen to vote mainstream non-BJP outfits since 1950 —to rally behind parties anchored in Muslim identity This possibly explains the success of Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM in Maharashtra recently It has been the factor behind Badruddin Ajmal’s AIUDF in Assam performing extremely well This trend is likely to be arrested byAAP’s spectacular victory in Delhi Feature No 8 of the New Normal pertains to periodic reminders to Muslims that there are issues other than threats to their religious-cultural identity For instance their own experience of agrarian distress is similar to that of Hindus; the fear of dispossession the land ordinance has triggered grips them as it does others as well This could become the basis for consolidation cutting across caste-religious divides Under the New Normal even as the Sangh presses on with the Hindutva issues Muslims will therefore also feel the pull of the politics of interests They will therefore feel the pressure of choosing between parties predominantly focussed on their religious insecurities and those more inclined to promoting material interests Their choices will determine the electoral impact in rural areas having substantial Muslim peasantry – for instance in west UP which has become a veritable Hindutva laboratory (Nor prescriptive any more I hope) Feature 9 of the New Normal entails religious minorities keeping their fingers crossed in the hope communal relations don’t deteriorate to the point where their anxieties and fears are enhanced beyond the current levels For instance that could happen in case the BJP launches a vigorous movement for building the Ram Temple in Ayodhya before the UP Assembly elections as is widely feared; or roads having Muslim names are changed That would for sure lead to redefining the New Normal Watch this space next year (Ajaz Ashraf is a journalist from Delhi His novel The Hour Before Dawn published by HarperCollins is available in bookstores Email: [email protected]) Washington: US President Barack Obama has warned that horrific mass shooting incidents like the recent one in Orlando will continue to occur unless tougher gun control laws are adopted "We can’t anticipate or catch every single deranged person that may wish to do harm to his neighbours or his friends or his coworkers or strangers But we can do something about the amount of damage that they do" Obama told reporters "Unfortunately our politics have conspired to make it as easy as possible for a terrorist or just a disturbed individual like those in Aurora and Newtown to buy extraordinarily powerful weapons – and they can do so legally" Obama said Obama along with Vice President Joe Biden met yesterday victims and families of the weekend’s mass shooting in which a self-radicalised Afghan-origin youth pledging allegiance to the Islamic Statekilled 49 people in a gay club in Orlando Florida Another 53 were injured during the shooting that took place in the wee hours of Sunday "This debate needs to change It’s outgrown the old political stalemates The notion that the answer to this tragedy would be to make sure that more people in a nightclub are similarly armed to the killer defies common sense Those who defend the easy accessibility of assault weapons should meet these families and explain why that makes sense" Obama said "And if we don’t act we will keep seeing more massacres like this – because we’ll be choosing to allow them to happen We will have said we don’t care enough to do something about it" Obama added Republican presidential presumptive nominee Donald Trump has said that the casualties could have been far less if people were allowed to carry guns A file photo of Barack Obama AP Obama has been seeking tougher gun control laws that make its difficult for people to purchase such weapons of mass casualties The strong gun lobby assisted by a Republican-controlled Congress is preventing Obama to accomplish his goal of a tough gun control laws "Today once again as has been true too many times before I held and hugged grieving family members and parents and they asked why does this keep happening? as focused as they are, in the special HOLI termed ‘Lath Holi’. 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