Hmmm… once again I find myself not wanting to write a huge post or anything, but just getting my observations and thoughts down here-
YSR Reddy was a dynamic politician in his own right who had never lost any election that he stood for. I don’t know many details about him, as I was never really directly affected by his governance. Anyway- the fateful day of the helicopter crash, the forecast had indicated bad weather. Apparently Reddy was headed for a surprise visit to a village in Chittoor for direct interaction with people and insisted that the pilots fly him to his destination despite the bad weather conditions. When I think of the tragedy that took place because of that decision, its not just Reddy I feel sorry for, but also the pilots who died though it was no fault of theirs. In my opinion, it is fine if a particular politician feels like mixing with the common man and all. But he should take care that he are not jeopardizing the lives of those who are assigned to protect him while trying to be gung-ho.
Rahul Gandhi is someone whom I admire a lot. During the elections, there were a couple of instances where he broke through his own security cordon to interact with people. Call it a genuine gesture, or a publicity stunt. The issue is, by doing such things, he puts the commandos who are assigned to him at even a greater risk than usual. What if some suicide bomber is lurking right there in the crowd, waiting for a chance to get close enough ? That guy won’t blow himself up if he isn’t sure of hitting his target. When a politician breaks the cordon, this bomber gets a better chance of getting close ; thereby increasing the chances of him blowing himself up, and putting everyone at risk.
On a point that is indirectly related to this- there is often a debate as to whether the politicians should be provided security in the first place. I think they should be. If they aren’t, then they will undoubtedly be targeted more often by terrorists and other miscreants. It is not as if the politician is particularly precious – its just that, when the Prime Minister, Chief Minister or some other minister is killed, it is not just one person who dies – it is the pride of a nation that gets kicked. It is the office that is hit, and not the person. And then common people like me can only watch on the T.V. – like the ridiculousness of ” Chief Minister Lost, 16 hours 17 min. counting ! US asked for help !”
Cya for now…