I should have written this post a while ago but my laziness and lack of time made me to write it now allowing me to comfortably use the cliché ‘better late than never’.
When I saw the news that Sharuk Khan was detained in American airport for security check, I felt the media attention given was more than necessary. It was like someone was mistakenly shot dead by American officials.
I don’t want to go into very detail on the issue as every kith and kin in India were aware of the happenings because of 24x7 telecast of this tape in all news channels. We will keep it short here, Sharuk said he was checked because of his name and they said his name popped up for a random security check and they did only their duty.
In this era of back stabbing, we can’t even let go an invited guest without security check. How can we expect them to leave an actor whose reputation as a community in India has been seriously damaged by rape charges, deer hunting charges, illegal weapon purchase and drug addiction, to go free without checking.
And also I don’t understand why he can’t bare this check for one time which ‘n’ number of common people goes through every day. Even if he is a Mother Teresa, there is nothing wrong in going through security check. I can agree this kind of fuss when there is abusive behavior or harsh handling which clearly didn’t happen.
Asians did the September 11 attack and America has high threat from Osama even now. So I think we can accept the extra bit of attention that they give to Asians for the reason that the unlikely event of a terrorist escaping may harm thousands of people. Won’t we do that here? Aren’t we looking at all Pakistani people as terrorists?
I don’t know why people can’t understand safety check is only for the benefit of our self and people around us and it need not to be used as a tool to assert their superiority.
A while ago, similar incident happened involving APJ Abdul Kalam. As per our government procedures, the airlines authorities, shouldn’t have checked Kalam as they already got a circular from govt of India that they should not check certain people marked by them as VIPs. Though I respect Kalam a lot, I would vouch for removing such laws after seeing the names of people who were marked as VIPs. I prefer making security checks common to everyone including American VIPs as Law doesn’t discriminate at least on paper.
If you leave an ex president of India unchecked, then that would be a wrong example for some African (and similar) countries where some of the president themselves are terrorists, to ask for the same procedure. Didn’t we have incidents involving our MPs who tried to take some people illegally into America? I think we should let away Kalam and see this incident in a more unbiased way.
Note: 1. Reading this dont think I am a pro American. I am actually not. 2. I forgot to note that my previous post was my 50th one. Do you think it is an incident to celebrate? I don’t know but I am happy to blog. It gives me immense satisfaction.