Such is the entitlement of the political class in India that when a politician behaves like he is one of the crowd in a public place, in other words -- entirely normally -- it becomes the subject of much debate. Recently, the country's Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar attended a wedding in Pune and stood in a line with other guests.
User Kiran Chitnis recently uploaded the photos on Facebook that showed Parrikar patiently waiting in a queue at the wedding. Parrikar, former Chief Minister of Goa, is well-known for his simple lifestyle.
An IIT graduate, Parrikar often travelled economy class and moved around without extensive police escort when he was the CM, reported The Indian Express.
Chitnis' post has been shared over 16,000 times on Facebook.
This is what Kiran Chitnis posted.
My mom was at the wedding function of her childhood friend's son in Pune. Coincidentally she bumped into the hon. defence minister of India Shri Manohar Parrikar there.
What hasn't changed is Manohar bhai's humility in his journey from being my home state's chief minister to the defence minister of our Nation. Standing in queue without any chamchas, no sense of air or superiority when mingling with public are just few of his immense qualities.
Needless to say that his entire security arrangement was kept outside the wedding venue. For the entire hour and half that he was there, he was a guest at a wedding and not a minister on state visit.
Compare that to a ₹0.02/- worth local corporator of today who drives into a private function with a convoy of cars with blaring sirens and security arrangements. For them a queue is nothing but a bunch of under privileged commoners who are poorly abled with more time to spare than them.