Akhilesh Yadav, the young chief minister of the largest state of India, was invited to Harvard to deliver a lecture. Lecture was about sharing his experience about managing one of the biggest congregation of humanity in the world during Kumbh mela. The congregation happened this year in Allhabad for two months. Nearly, 100 million people took a dip in the confluence of holy Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers. The mega event went off uneventfully. Chief minister was to share his experience of managing such a mega event.
Chief minister went to the US alright, but returned without delivering the lecture. Reason was his colleague, Mr. Azam Khan was frisked at the airport in Boston. In most civilised democracies people do not understand what is a VIP status. Even central ministers on weekend family outings stand in queue with general public and wait their turn. In India our ministers and senior bureaucrats are so used to special status that they shudder at the thought of a lowly immigration officer questioning them . Our elected leaders fail to understand that in US people follow procedures laid down by the system. If there is a failure, then unlike India where life is cheap, heads roll. Our ministers instead of making a hue and cry should follow the system or not visit a country whose processes they do not like. Pity is, Akhilesh Yadav who managed Kumbh so admirably, chose politics over academics. He should have shared his learning in the temple of education rather than skipping it. World could have benefitted from his management skills.
Of late it has emerged that honourable chief minister was not invited by Harvard University. Some member of his staff had come to know of the symposium and registered for a paper presentation. If this is true, it is a sin for Mr Akhilesh Yadav to travel to the US, with his hangers on that has penchant to court controversy, at taxpayers expense.