If the presumption was that VVIP culture had long been ended, the unfolding events on the intervening night of August 28-29 – when a Superfast train pulled in at the Gwalior railway station – turned up as rather a shocker.
Weaving through the mass of drowsy passengers making their way out of the station, a SUV numbered MP-07-BR-4779 made its way to where the AC-1 coach was positioned with the apparent aim of receiving Union Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Mines, Narendra Singh Tomar.
A video clip of the incident went viral on the social media; although Tomar has himself denied that the breach of Railway regulations had been done for his benefit.
Successive governments and political leaders have pledged austerity in public life, but the political class has continued to perpetuate India’s feudal culture – so signified as the “Lal Batti” (red beacon) culture. Read More
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