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"Just imagine every VVIP visit cost us Rs.20 Lakhs. India is a democratic country, but it seems we have merely replaced the maharajas of yore with these self-styled VVIPs. What practical purpose does a 25-car motorcade serve apart from disrupting traffic and causing inconvenience to hundreds of citizens. Either our policemen are in awe of these VVIps or they are just callous. They are mostly the reason why cities come to a standstill wen these high profile citizens arrive. One wld grudge these visits a little less if they served any useful purpose. But most of them are here for meaningless

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Asked by cyrus irani, 08 Sep '09 05:04 pm
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I totally agree with concern. But the VVIPs dont bother about these wasteful expenditures.
Answered by Vishwanath V, 08 Sep '09 07:44 pm

 
  
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Sir we are NOT a democracy, we are a system following electorate PARTY POLITICS so in that case, yeah, party politicians are the maharajahs. Even in kingdoms people could vote on matters :) Just because u cn elect who sits on PM chair for 5 years doesn't make u a democracy.
Answered by A Moin, 08 Sep '09 07:42 pm

 
  
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Many would say that VVIP visits in post independence era would not have cost this much. The value of Rs. 20 lakhs in those day was only Rs. 20,000/-. This amount is appearing very large to us because the rupee has been devalued drastically. This expenditure for a visit of VVIP is inevitable and negligible. Considering the terror threat, and security involved spending this much money is must. Then VVIPs cannot be confined to one place, but they must move from places to places. Since we do not have a panoramic view of things we do not realize how important these visits are.
Answered by Jack Johnson, 08 Sep '09 06:33 pm

 
  
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Thank God the intensity and time consumption of these motorcades has drastically cut down seeing the city life coming to a standstill. Pahle to aadha aadha ghantaa lag jaata tha aur log apni car se utar kar VVIP ki ek glimpse lene ko sadak par chale jaate the. This is not so now. Only sirens and an escort car making you get aside exist on the congested road and the business goes on. This was done after one of the Presidents or Prime Minister ordered so.
Answered by nkpathak, 08 Sep '09 05:30 pm

 
  
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" This is India ! I love my India " !!! Perhaps it happends in India only. Govt. faces paucity of funds while allowing budget to certain bonafide and beneficial work for the people. But in such cases, they do not find any trouble for want of fund. Many try to become an MP and as soon as it is achieved, pension is guaranteed for rest of the life. If becomes a Minister, you can guess the benifit is increased in how much quantum ! We may feel sorry, we may be ashamed, but .... !!!
Answered by ashis, 08 Sep '09 05:24 pm

 
  
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It was not so in 1947. After being sworn in as the first President of India, Rajendra Prasad traveled in the President's horse drawn carriage in a ceremonial procession virtually with no protection as the street was flooded with people. When the procession was passing in from of Nehru's house at Teen Murti Marg, Nehru was standing on the iron gate of his house and waving at the first President of India along with the crowd. Such a sight is unthinkable today. Things have gradually deteriorated and have come to the present condition. Now protection is really necessary. Who is responsible for such deterioration is a different subject. However, while on the subject, I would like to state that sometimes there is a competition amongst the VIPs regarding the degree of their security and I condemn that mentality.
Answered by Sankar Mitra, 08 Sep '09 05:24 pm

 
  
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The revelition is alarming. Who approves their bill, I wonder. What are auditors doing? Our politicians have killed their conscious.
Answered by sunil sharma, 08 Sep '09 05:23 pm

 
  
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Sir ! your analogy is perfect. Indeed our VVIPs have replaced the maharajas of yore ! Everytime the VIP motorcade passes the entire road seems to have come to a stand still. All the vehicles keep honking their horns and there is a tremendous hullabo; there is nothing wrong in the public showing their ire too ! Infact, if these VVIPs want such a fanfare and aplomb to accompany them everywhere they go they should have seperate roads built just for them(ofcourse with ONLY their EXPENSES)or else they should try to travel atleast with 5 cars trialing them not 25 !!
Our policemen might also detest these duties or maybe just callous. In the sweltering heat it is these passengers in the public transport buses who find their tempers flaring up and resulting in noisy scenes. Indeed such convoys serve no useful purpose except for these VVIPs to show-off their importance. You have indeed brought a very vital issue into focus.
Answered by trivikram, 08 Sep '09 05:20 pm

 
  
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This is the slavary acquired from britishers- still we are following them
Answered by girish thakur, 08 Sep '09 05:07 pm

 
  
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