When it comes to security checks, the track record of our netas is, well, a little chequered. Take for example Delhi’s Social Welfare Minister Mangatram Singhal. Last week, the minister was at a five-star hotel to attend a function. His car was stopped at the gate and the security staff insisted on carrying out the mandatory security check. All hell broke lose, our political personage deemed this an affront to his status and threw a royal fit.
Even as our leader was fuming with rage, a curious coincidence came to pass. The hotel found several government inspectors taking interest in its affairs. They popped around for a look at the electrical fittings and the quality of the paneer. As the interest grew intense, the hotel decided to let Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit know how much it appreciated this rigour on the part of the minister. The lady did not take this too well. Explain, she said to the minister, your interest in all things five star. The poor man went blue in the face trying to deny that he had anything to do with all this.
Now, it’s a shame that he is not taking credit where it is due. He is clearly doing a dry run for the Commonwealth Games. But we suggest that the minister not leave these tasks to lowly inspectors. He should lead from the front and conduct a quick check on all arrangements for the Games, indeed drop in on government departments and give things a once-over. It is rare that we see such attention to detail on the part of our politicos. We just wish more elected representatives would follow Mr Singhal’s example. When you’re such a dynamo of activity and looking into the minutiae of things, why should you be hindered by some footling security check?