If one were to go to a voting booth in India, one has to wait in the queue. For the common man it is no ordeal as he has indexed the time taken in standing in a queue while computing the total time taken for accomplishing the task. But for the rich and the famous their TIME is precious, therefore they hate standing in queues and awaiting their turn. TIME lost in such inane activity is loss of precious time which could be spent on palpably profitable ventures.
There is another angle that the common man does not understand, which is a peculiar problem faced by the rich, the famous and the powerful. That is the security threat. If they stand in a queue, there is every possibility of them being targeted by the sociopath/terrorist for mere publicity of his/her organization/ideology. This security threat perception cannot be ignored. The above said category of persons are easily recognizable in India and therefore even the common man shows them deference and allows them precedence over his turn.
Here we had a hero who is known for Ka Ka Ka Ka KARAN, who must have stammered his lines when he was asked to explain the purpose of his visit to the United States of America, by the Customs and Border Police. Further, it must have been a shock to him that he was not RECOGNIZED!!! The Hindi speaking patriates and ex-patriates have inflated his ego to such an extent that he had lost sight of his own insignificance in the vast sea of humanity.
Mr. Salman Khan comes up with his own concoction that it was because of such stringent checks that no terrorist attack had happened, post 9/11. Whether there was truth in that statement by Salman Khan or not, the contents lacked the sympathy due to a man sharing the same field and the second name.
The funniest part is that the public which did not react to APJ ABdul Kalam’s frisking, in our own Indian soil were thoroughly outraged. One politician goes to the extent of saying that we Indians shud take vindictive action and subject every American to frisking/ fondling etc. etc.
On the whole the reactions have been quicker than when it happened to Dr.APJ. He had protocol exemption as the Ex President of the Republic of India, but none cared. It was done in the Indian soil, none cared. He is much older and far more respected by the respectable and the erudite, but none voiced his/her protest. But our people are outraged that a cine actor was stopped and inordinately detained in foreign soil!!
I see the country going in some direction!!! CINE DIRECTION. Mr.Shahrukh Khan would have become a bigger star had he feigned the humility of a Bachchan and said that IF DR.ABDUL KALAM COULD BE FRISKED IN OUR OWN SOIL, IT IS NOTHING THAT I WAS DETAINED FOR OVER 2 HOURS IN AN ALIEN SOIL.
Now coming to the PROFILING aspect of singling out persons with Islamic names, Asian complexion etc etc. This has been nothing new. Our own security staff would do that and even many other persons have been detained for ruling out that he/she was not the person as per the look-out circulars. Kamal Haasan, a Tamil actor, was detained in the US. All probably because if one were to split up his name, KAMAL and HASAN have the Islamic flavour. But the actor did not go to town talking how shabbily he had been treated!!
The very thought that an easily recognizable face in India was UNRECOGNIZED in the US and treated like a suspect, slakes some of my envy of those ethereal Indian characters who have a disjointed sense of reality.
Ruk ruk ruk……….Shahrukh!!!