I want to be Secure without any Fear!

Posted on May 4, 2012


Security! The first thing every citizen wants to get from their respective government; every father wants to give to his wife and children, every girl wants from her partner before getting in to a relationship. So yes, it’s important. But sometimes it’s also very dangerous when the fear to get secure reaches to a certain level. Then it starts hurting others.

Is it fair to spread the fear among those people who visit your place in the name of security? In last few years there are instances of people detained at international airports for hours due to their surname; color or wear is something got highlighted in media many times.

I hope the number of instances is going to be much higher than the stats shows. But those people who did not add to the list of people who were detained due to some reason or other in the name of security check, might not be that much important to get a place in headlines; because they are common people and anyone can do anything with them. May be they are habituated to these kind of things now. Things like these are somehow now part of their lives.

As per the reports- Here is the list of the People (well known) who got detained in USA airports due to various reasons-

Shahrukh Khan

  • Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan was detained at a New York airport for over two hours by immigration officials after arriving from India in a private plane with Nita Ambani(Wife of Business tycoon Mukesh Ambani), to address students at Yale University here. This is not the first time that SRK has been detained. He was grilled for more than 2 hours way back in 2009.

  • Another Bollywood Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh, detained while he went there for shooting of a movie called New York; because the Officials could not believe that Neil was an Indian, because he was so fair.

  • Former Indian President A P J Abdul Kalam was once detained and frisked at JFK airport in New York.

  • Hardeep Singh Puri was also detained because he did not agree to remove his turban.

  • One more bollywood actor John Abraham, was detained because his passport was showing he visited Afghanistan. (He went Afghanistan for shooting of a movie called “Kabul Express”).

And the list continues……

I do not want to increase the word count of this post of mine by inserting few more name who were detained. Obviously there are few more.

Now the question is- is it alright to detain someone in the name of security check for hours? If you will ask me, I will say- “Yes, I would not mind, if someone would detain me for few hours; until & unless he is not going to allow me to visit toilet after this 22 hours journey, Or tell me to remove my pant & shirt in front of officers, who believe I look great when I stand nude; or if he/she would give me a look as a 1960 hollywood movie’s villain. “

To be honest I would not mind, if someone would check my details without misbehaving with me or treating me as a suspect. After all, everyone wants to see this world as a secure place. So why would anyone complain? But the thing is that, how the officials are doing it! Are they doing this whole process, by caring about the emotion, self respect, integrity and belief  (it may be religious or non- religious) of those people who come under the scanner?

If I would be In case of Hardeep Singh Puri, I would have done the same. Why should I leave my tradition if I am not guilty of anything If I have not done anything wrong in my life. But what if there is a common man like me, who would be told to do so! Might be I had to quit to the system.  The reason is that old one, which some of you have ever experienced in your life, which is- I am a common man; and I can’t fight against the system alone. So there, it is wrong. You can hurt someone’s sentiment without any proof or evidence.

But the most highlighted issue was Shah Rukh Khan detained for twice (Here again the reason is very simple, anything about the actors and cricketers are best sellers in India).  But I would be in place of him; I would be fine with that. If people can stand for hours in a queue to get a ticket to watch his movies in a theater, then why can’t he sit for two hours for the security of millions of people? What’s the issue here? Why do people like him, always expect to be treated as a star every where? Be a man; rather I would say be a common man; because- at the end of the day everyone’s root belongs to that only. Stardom, Fame, Position can never live for a lifetime.

May it’s all due to the country where we live in and the system which works here. Every place has two queues and a no queue. When I say two queue, One is for the common people and the other is for officials and the when I say “No Queue” it means for VIPs (Very Idiotic Personalities) there is no need of queue. They can enter anywhere. May be the hour & minute hands running in their watches have lot more value and ours do not. So they are not habituated to be treated as a normal person.

So it’s all about the game of mind set. No one does not matter what he achieved in life or to what position he reached he must be prepared to be treated as a common man; and the authorities must make sure they are not crossing the limit in the name of security.

Once, Henry Miller said- “The man who looks for security, even in the mind, is like a man who would chop off his limbs in order to have artificial ones which will give him no pain or trouble.”

So yes, security is good and it’s also important; but we must make sure the process of getting security does not hurt someone to a great extent. Most importantly we all need to think, what is the impression it’s creating on common people like me & you (Who are not VIPs).

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