We always knew that our political worthies were a cut above the rest of us common and garden folk. But just how much above has been clear in the symbiotic relationship that many of them have to air travel. Now and again, even the most seasoned high-flier hits an air pocket like the minister of state for women and child development Renuka Chowdhury who was heckled by fellow passengers for allegedly delaying a flight recently.
Before you think that we have our head in the clouds, have you noticed that peculiar desi penchant on the part of politicians to air-dash to a destination? So we see that when the high command of political parties expresses a view on a certain member, the Pavlovian response is to immediately take wing. Similarly our political class has its own ways of assessing disasters. Whereas other countries foolishly rely on satellite images of such mishaps, our netas undertake aerial surveys of the affected scene. The hapless victims may well be marooned atop trees but they may be rest assured that from on high, big brother is watching over you.
Could this be a latter-day God complex akin to that of the devas who kept an eye from their celestial abodes? Yes, it is possible that one does not get a holistic overview if one’s feet are firmly planted on terra firma. So next time on a clear night as you are gazing at the skies and wondering what mysteries lie out there, do keep in mind that many of the stars in the firmament could be your friendly neta on another Mission Enterprise.