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Taking the PM for a ride

If a Cabinet reshuffle is the government?s idea of driving out bad vaastu that may exist around the Prime Minister, it may be time for a quick re-reshuffle.

india Updated: Nov 03, 2006 00:56 IST

If a Cabinet reshuffle is the government’s idea of driving out bad vaastu that may exist around the Prime Minister, it may be time for a quick re-reshuffle. A few months after a few youngsters had broken security protocol and driven up to the Prime Minister’s residence, Manmohan Singh was in the thick of another ‘security breach’ this week.

This time, it took place in Thiruvananthapuram as Mr Singh was being purportedly driven from the airport to the Raj Bhavan. Instead of taking the straight and narrow path preferred by the good men of the Special Protection Group (SPG), the driver of the pilot car in the cavalcade lost his way. The result: the 17th Prime Minister of the largest democracy in the world was driven down a subway into a no-man’s land with all the king’s men in the convoy following him. Snigger as we can, the PM’s security officials did not find anything funny at all in the situation, considering that only a few hours before, a local had threatened to do a ‘JFK’ during Mr Singh’s Kerala visit. And lest we forget, October 31, the day the Prime Minister was taken for a ride, was the 22nd death anniversary of Indira Gandhi.

It seems that the security officials had hired a tourist taxi driver for the job of driving the pilot car. Luckily, unlike Martin Scorcese’s Taxi Driver, Thiruvananthapuram’s cabbie-turned-pilot car driver didn’t have violence on his mind. And unlike Travis Bickle, Shiju did not have to pay for his travesty with a rain of police bullets. Last heard, he was convalescing in a hospital with high blood pressure and chest pains. Have a heart, Mr Singh. Send him a ‘Get well soon’ card.