The arrogance of being IAS…
Yesterday, I was waiting with family in line to board the aircraft in Bangalore. Suddenly, one gentleman got up and proceeded to the top of the line. I told him firmly “Please follow the line”. That is it, not a word more was spoken. Upon checking boarding cards, when we were walking to the aircraft. He came and tried to get an apology out of me, wonder why Read on.
Him: You need to be polite.
Me: Why ?
Him: You were rude in asking me to go back.
Me: I just told you “Please follow the line”, what is the rude part in that ?
Him: Your tone was rude.
Me: I don’t think so.
Him: What are you ? My superior officer, to talk to me like that ?
Me: Listen man, you need to behave with respect and dignity to get respect. You tried to cut in line and I had to tell you to follow the line, that is it…
Him: You were arrogant, talking to me like that.
Me: Listen moron, if you don’t follow the rules this is what will happen from me. Idiot !
Him: (surprised!)(shuts up)
Upon landing at the airport I see government chamchas rushing to pick-up the tiny briefcase he was carrying. That confirmed my suspicion that he was an IAS servant.
For those of you who assumed that IAS == Indian Administrative Service it is not, it is invariably Indian Arrogant Service, where in officers live in a cocoon and treat ordinary public like shit. They invariably feel that they are entitled to privileged existence. It is time, to remember the debate in Lok Sabha, shortly after independence when the matter whether to abolish ICS (the mother of all government cadres) was being debated. One memorable quote in that debate was “It is time we abolished the ICS, it is neither Indian nor is it civil and certainly what they do is not Service”. But sadly, the anglophiles in the Lok Sabha overruled and this monstrosity of a bureaucracy continues.
Yes, we are living to regret it every moment of our lives….