1. Air India pilot’s letter: Why Subhashish Majumdar did right to ask aviation minister to lead by example

Air India pilot’s letter: Why Subhashish Majumdar did right to ask aviation minister to lead by example

Speaking for the citizens of India, he wrote that the hope is that politicians “find it in the fitness of things to introspect and lead by example”.

By: | Published: December 30, 2016 6:31 AM
Air India,  Air India pilot, Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Subhasish Majumdar Speaking for the citizens of India, he wrote that the hope is that politicians “find it in the fitness of things to introspect and lead by example”. (Source: PTI)

If only more citizens exhorted lawmakers to “lead by example”, like Air India pilot Subhasish Majumdar, has done in a letter to civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju! Majumdar could sure seem stung by the minister’s statement that AI pilots were lagging in commitment compared with their private sector counterparts, but he does make the fair point in his letter titled “Lagging in Inspiration, Not Commitment” that in the light of Parliament’s winter session washout, “our politicians were ‘still lagging well behind’ in their commitment to the nation” as compared with most of their counterparts elsewhere in the world.

Speaking for the citizens of India, he wrote that the hope is that politicians “find it in the fitness of things to introspect and lead by example”. He rued that if an AI employee were to behave in the manner that the parliamentarians did during the session—“shouting slogans … obstructing the proceedings”—she/he would have been handed a reprimand at the very least while lawmakers stayed safe from any formal reproach.

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Such direct yet justified castigation—coming as it does with a certain amount of risk for a public sector employee—signals the coming of age of the Indian electorate. Even symbolic direct accountability goes a long way in making democracy healthier.

While Majumdar chose to write a letter, with fora such as social media and apps providing quicker interface with the government and people’s representatives, this has become much easier. Raju and his colleagues need to reflect on Majumdar’s words seriously, and evaluate their own performance to make it better.

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    Sheela
    Dec 30, 2016 at 7:52 am
    Majumdar has just shown reflection of the politicians'duty they have done during winter session,which has direct telecast. God bless them with wisdom,only wisdom for instropection We at the other end always ready to listen with open mouth,who will come n will govern us with fairness.Govtse n go ,everyone speaks of tje garib(poor) but none speaks of the contribution of middlecl who is transparent enough to pay tax at first place then on savings too.They have limited comforts n too struggle for social liabilities.They have great contribution in nation building.Now if with the revenue govt.doesn't try to uplift poors n always busy to avoid major issues,where this cl will go?As far has upper cl is concerned, they are busy to play with blak money as recently no.of catches show the same.People have aggression,if you waste your working period in parliament with ha hulla,what you expect from govt.worker ,working under you.If you are paid in full for your ego,party clashes,where the wisdom lies to question your employees.? Please think over,parliament is not full of merely polticians,it has also got finest persons elected by public to represent for their difficulties in the rural area.why none stand up and stop you people to do something constructive nstop you wasting national money within this crowd of parilamentarians.Are they feel so helpless or can't face big party leaders.Introspection is the only answer.Hope you care for nation.Nation is its public.
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      AGNEL
      Dec 30, 2016 at 4:17 pm
      Greatly appreciated the comments of Pilot Subhasish Majumdar,, Orecisely to the point and well done.
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        emmaarcee
        Dec 30, 2016 at 3:31 pm
        The politicians are Indians and not from outer planets. May be a good number of us have that 'Indianness' which was what displa in the winter session of the Parliament. God save the king.
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