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Sunday, Sep 22, 2019

Give the VIPs their golf carts and get them out of the way, please

Instead of fighting with VIPs at airports to not use special privileges, would it be easier to simply move them along quickly in their golf carts, so that they don’t keep getting in our way?

opinion Updated: Apr 27, 2017 10:10 IST
Vidya Subramanian
Vidya Subramanian
Hindustan Times
Madhya Pradesh Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan visits flood affected villages.
Madhya Pradesh Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan visits flood affected villages. (Hindustan Times)

The long suffering populace of Delhi is used to waking up from their daydreams as they travel around the city to find that the vehicles they are in (buses, cars, cycles, or even those accident causing, lane jumping bikes) haven’t moved an inch in about 30 minutes. “VIP movement” they grumble to each other or themselves, as they fidget in their seats or reposition themselves. Long story short, we’re very used to Very Important People inconveniencing us on a daily basis as they whizz around the city in their motorcades and security cordons.

But also, we’re very irritated by it.

Which is why it’s entirely understandable why a gentleman lost his temper when he saw Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar getting a “VIP ride” on a golf cart inside Terminal 3 of the Delhi airport. He then went on to express his entirely justified anger by jumping on to the golf cart himself, yelling “No VIP culture!” (possibly subliminally influenced by all the slogan shouting JNU-ites in the city), and then proceeded to sit in the front seat of the cart. He wouldn’t yield to the security personnel when they requested him to get off; and while Nitish Kumar got off at the international lounge, our hero rode on in the cart .

Hashtag Moral Victory.

But here’s a counterpoint. If Nitish Kumar had not taken the golf cart and buzzed off to whatever parallel universe VIPs go to when they are not flashing beacons and riding ambassador cars, he would have hung around the common people with his security cordon, his entourage, other general hangers-on; and created a massive VIP bubble in a space that is already crowded with crying children, hassled passengers, overworked airline employees, and suit-wearing business class travellers (in this heat!).

Isn’t it just a much better idea to put these VIPs in as many golf carts as we can find, and ship them off to their aircrafts as quickly as possible? Given their propensity for making flights wait and delaying us mere mortals sometimes by several hours? Maybe we even throw in their gun-toting security guards for good measure, so that we may have some more elbow room to stand in our already interminable lines; without tall, able bodied men peering suspiciously at us, while making us feel really terrible about our fitness regimens...

Give the VIPs the golf carts, is my humble submission. Like you would give that cranky toddler his toy just to keep him out of your hair. And if you can, once in a while, hitch a ride. If you can do it while you yell “No VIP culture!”, more power to you!


First Published: Apr 27, 2017 10:06 IST