Now this is an interesting turn of events. The event is pretty simple, an IAS officer in Chattisgarh – Amit Kataria met our PM Modi when he was on a visit. And he made a terrible ‘Mistake’ or it is being showcased as one – He wore sunglasses. Now I am not exactly sure why he did that, but I am curios to know why it is sparring such a huge debate on the media front!
The state government has moved a step ahead and given an official warning and a notice has been issued asking him to explain why he breached protocol and disrespected the PM. Here are a few thoughts for the debate:
It is a matter of disrespect to wear sunglasses while meeting the PM.
Now that’s an interesting rule I had not heard of. I am wondering if it would be this big an issue if someone meeting Obama wore sunglasses
An official meeting another will not behave informally on a public forum
This makes a bit of sense considering that there is an official behavior expected for these meetings. Perhaps if Modi goes out to meet the Chinese President and wears Tee Shirt or sunglasses, it would obviously convey an information stating that he was disrespectful. Maybe it shows a bit of carelessness on the part of the official..
Why did Amit Kataria do that?
Now, before passing a verdict on this situation, I would really like to know his explanation as to why he did that? Was he in a hurry and forgot to remove his glasses? I agree that it looks as a bit of an insult, but really how big an issue is this? Are we still in the era where we decide the quality of work done by someone based on the way they appear? A few weeks ago, we had written about appearances and how much they matter.
The appearance sure has created a bit of a hiccup in the usually followed protocol where respect is expected in the form of dress or the car they drive and to make sure that the visitor or the VIP is given a grand welcome.
Why so many restrictions?
Now, I would not like to support any actions here, but I would certainly like to ask – why so many restrictions in the government sector? Now I am a simple man who would like to think that the government has a lot of isues to worry about and so does the media. But I would really like to think that if you want to attract the best of the talent in the country for posts like administrative services, don’t we have to convey that the job is really more than the protocols and is more about the actual work that goes on rather than how it appears in front?
Are we still a society or have we moved on to a newer phase where we embrace the ideals of open organizations where freedom of speech, expression and even dressing is a matter?
Like I said, I am a simple man writing here with my limited perspectives. Would love to know your thoughts on the debate below.
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