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Read Beacon Cars and Unnecessary Security: India needs to undo the VIP culture collectively
End the VIP culture - a call given by the AAM Aadmi Party leaders in Delhi is gaining a lot of attention. While many are praising the initiative of the leaders to refuse Red Beacon Cars for their personal use or heavily armed security personnel around them, there are some who still find the idea a political gimmick.
In an effort to bring out the diverse opinion about what various people think about the initiative, I tried talking to a few relevant people on the issue.

It is a show off. Kejriwal must stop this nonsense: Prakash Agarwal, ex-DGP UP Police 

"These facilities like Red Beacon Cars are given to Kejriwal by law and he should accept it. As a Chief Minister he should set precedence by following the law. The VIP culture obviously is a menace and it need to be stopped. But the Supreme Court have already taken notice of it and passed a recent order regarding the same barring smaller politicians from using the VIP facilities. What Kejriwal Govt. needs to focus on is to implement the Supreme Court ruling with immediate effect. Mostly it is  the weakness of the enforcement agencies and their fear of politicians that give rise to the VIP culture."

If Boss uses it, subordinates will follow: Girish Soni, AAP

"If your superior uses it, you will also want to have it and in a slightest chance you will start using it too. The servant always tends to follow the Boss's footsteps. What Kejriwal is trying to do is to stop the culture from the very apex position. If the Chief Minister and the top Officials are not using the Read Beacon Cars or carrying unnecessary security around them, then in most probability the lower level politicians  will also be discouraged from using these facilities."

Public must raise voice against the VIP culture too: Bhakt Charan Das, Congress MP

"Report Read Beacon Cars as soon as you see one. Let police take strict action. The facility is only meant for few selected people. The security provided should be based on recommendation by Intelligence Bureau (IB). One of the best example of misuse of power is Mr.  Narendra Modi who started availing Z- Category security after the Godhra riots."

While every person in the country will accept that Indian leaders have overdone the VIP culture and have taken every possible wrong advantage possible, it now seems to be a collective responsibility of lawmakers, Govt. officials and citizens to undo the culture.

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