This is an ode to Ajit Singh (our civil aviation minister). When was the last time you had a plain speaking politician in India – whose views and opinions made sense and who did not pander to the fringe or look at every piece of stone as a vote bank. Ladies and Gentlemen please don’t be shocked – I am about to present not one but two.
Why Ajit Singh
In case people have missed the comments made by him
- Government should not be in the hospitality business
- Air India should be shut down
- Employees of Air India think of themselves as “Jamai Raja”
- That tax payers money cannot be wasted
- That the Tata’s should have started an airlines on their own instead of collaborating with Air Asia
- And of course like every other politician in the past not bowing down to strikes and taking the hardline
This is Ajit Singh reading Air India as it should be. Frankly it is not even clear why Air India is required. Mr Manish Tiwari would say that it is a national carrier (what does that statement mean ??) – are we now subsidizing air-fare? He also made a comment that if it were not for Air India we would not have air coverage for the North East. If that were so , please make the exclusive mandate of Air India to be a carrier to and from the North East – why waste tax payer money on the other routes. I suspect it is to do with the free upgrades enjoyed by politicians and bureaucrats while traveling. I am often tempted to chose Air India due to its cheap fares , but don’t trust its maintenance (try using the bathrooms even at the start of the flight – they stench). Have you eaten the food they serve there. And I do think that Tata’s could have started an airline on their own – there is nothing to it – why do a collaboration.
Forcing Air India Back On The Tata’s
And if the Tata’s have an airline -to whom do we sell Air India to now?? For those not in the know – Air India used to belong to the Tata’s before the government of India stole it – maybe we can find a legal loophole (the acquisition was done incorrectly) and force Air India back on the Tata’s (and including its debt) ?
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