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May 19th, 2013

Craving for exclusivity, even in death. Welcome to the world of Indian VIPs

If this weren’t so obviously going to happen, it would be farcical.

See what this country’s obsession with the VIP culture has led to now.

 

(By the way, a “neta” is a lord, a leader, a captain. I have explained it in my “Hindi & a bit of Hinglish” section of the blog. So all our fabulous educated and incorruptible MPs, in other words).

 

So here’s the thing:

Why not let’s waste lots of prime real estate so that “A-listers among politicians who may be certified worthy of special treatment” can be cremated at a […]

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April 8th, 2013

Beware the wrath of the son of a state minister…

Now to be fair, it doesn’t say here whether Mr Rane Jr actually said those (in)famous Indian words “Do you know who I am ?” or more often than not “Do you know who my father is?” but clearly these were the sentiments coursing through the angry veins of Rane Jr and convoy – don’t miss the convoy, folks.

Just what is it about these people that makes them think they are above the law ? An MP for crying out loud? The son of a state minister ?

In the interests of keeping you properly informed, […]

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March 4th, 2013

Killed by a “VIP” cavalcade

Another senseless death on the killer Indian roads, this. Especially when you see that the young lady was killed by – by what exactly ? By a pilot vehicle in the cavalcade of – who exactly ? Of the deputy speaker of a regional assembly.

Beyond ridiculous VIP-ism.

What on earth does a deputy speaker require a pilot vehicle for ?

 

 

March 4th, 2013

The agony of overlooked Indian VIPs

A new month (sort of), a new week, and a new section to the blog which I think you will all love & hate in equal measure.

Introducing my V(V)IP barometer.

Those of you who read this blog regularly (and let me say a big thank you to you all) will know that I often vent about India’s deeply ingrained VIP culture.

Some might call it sycophancy.

I call it toadying, but that’s just me.

I though I should share with you some of the more blatant examples of how this country treats VIPs, and the even more toadied-unto VVIPs.

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