Thursday, September 17, 2009

Cattle Class - A Piercing Truth

It hurts when a Minister in India ridicule shoddiness in any form, because the majority of people live here with the inferior quality of life. Our Minister of State, Shashi Tharoor has categorically commented that he would travel in cattle class out of solidarity with all the holy cows, when he was asked by the Minister of Finance to vacate the five star digs and travel by economy class.

Immediately after the advisory, the UPA chairperson, the Congress General Secreatary, most senior Ministers have obliged considering the bad phase evolving around the economy of India. Though it seems that these gestures do not meet the purpose, yet these have its effects. The Ministries do not follow the austerity measures in totality unless the bigwigs carry out something by example. Therefore, the travel of Mrs. Gandhi by economy class and Rahul Gandhi by chair car do convey good messages to the party as well as to the people.

However, the remarks made by Tharoor indicates that the quality of life in India is so poor that it's not always possible for people who are not used to it. How many of us are willing to travel by ordinary second class while traveling a night journey? How many of us dare visit a general hospital in case of emergency? Given a chance, do we not prefer to travel by business class in air? But when a Minister says, we look at them with contempts, why? Is he not voicing a poignant truth that our general quality of life is so miserable that everyone wants to better his standard to leave the general life as early as possible?

The real issue remains that the quality of general life must improve in India. The hospitals, the railways, the post offices, the roads, the other transports everything look so awful that people are scared to utilize them. Tharoor's comments may not be sounding nice, but the issues he has raised must be looked into. Most of our dubious politicians may not dare to remark such comments as they always have their one eye on the voters, but the comments of Tharoor has indeed raised the shackles. How long are we to suffer like cattles?

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