How MP Ravindra Gaikwad Became The Breaking News On All News Channels?
The Indian media is a strange lot. They get into debates which can crack up a statue and sometimes indulge in reportage which is so accurate, it influences a billion people and forces change in government policy as well. You can never take the Indian media for granted.
While breaking news in India has become an hourly occurrence, most of it unnecessary, the recent coverage of Member of Parliament (MP) Ravindra Gaikwad and his violent misbehaviour was bang on. It is such issues which assure the citizens that Indian press is an unshakable fourth pillar of the Indian democracy.
For those who were busy reading about Kapil Sharma’s antics, the following few points will explain what happened.
1. The Incident
It all began when Gaikwad was travelling from Pune to Delhi on an Air India flight. All was well until the MP assaulted a 60-year old staffer over an onboard seat and that too with his slipper.
Now that’s brutish behaviour and unbecoming of someone who is a Member of Parliament. If that wasn’t enough, Gaikwad went on to boast in front of media personnel about his actions without an ounce of remorse.
2. The reaction
As expected, the Indian media and the Indian citizens weren’t impressed. News channels carried the incident with striking ‘Breaking News’ graphics on television screens.
Be it English news channels or Hindi, digital newspapers or print, not a single one spared Gaikwad. While his political party tried to support him, it was evident that the nation was in no mood to let go.
3. The Airlines
Air India was furious when it learnt of the incident. It decided to bar the minister from flying with them. Following the incident, the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) (domestic airlines body) took a decision to bar the MP from flying on their network. The members of the body include IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and GoAir. Air India is not a part of FIA.
4. The MP’s reaction
In the quintessential political reaction, Gaikwad and his political party maintained his innocence and instead berated airlines for barring him from flying.
Gaikwad tried to book tickets but the airlines cancelled them. He then tried to use variations such as different titles but to no avail. As of now, the MP had to use the railways to travel.
It remains to be seen what happens. Politicians are exerting pressure on the airlines to change their decision and remove Gaikwad from the ‘no-fly’ list.
It’s fitting to see airlines give it back. About time!