Monday, August 29, 2011

Students with the American Dream – A word of caution!


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A conversation I had with a student planning to pursue his Masters in the US
Student:  Sir, I have got only 980 in GRE
Me: That is kind of less, are you planning to retake the exam again?
Student: No Sir, I have enrolled myself with a consultancy and they have promised me admission in at least three colleges with this score.
Me: So you don’t have to do any homework and the consultant will help you with admit?
Student: Yes sir, they kind of do my SOP and help me get good recommendation letters.
Me: What? So you don’t write your SOP also?
Student: They have some standard SOPs. I will use one of them.
Me: How much do they charge?
Student: Rs. 75,000
Me: Holy Cow!!!! You are paying this much for this service? Are you gone mad?
Student: They will make me financial statement to be taken for visa and also help me fill up the visa documents which I heard is tedious.
Me: What do you mean; they will make your financial documents?
Student: Sir we need to show some bank deposit and some financial documents. They will provide with all that. We just need to take all those for visa stamping.
Me: Do you know that what you are thinking of doing is illegal?
Student: Lot of my seniors and my friends have gone to the same consultant and got visa.
Me: Do you know that if the visa officer at the time of your visa interview catches you, your American dream will kind of end there.
Student: I don’t think visa officers know all these. These kinds of things are happening for a long time. If they know that these documents are forged how did my friends who went through this consultant get a visa?
Me: Have you heard of Wikileaks?
Student: Yes Sir, a website that exposed so many secrets about America. But Sir, why are you asking me that question?
Me: I am asking for a reason. Have you read about the Wikileaks documents pertaining to India?
Student: Is there something like that?
Me: Yes, it got published in The Hindu newspaper over a period of few days. I will show one such article.
I went and opened and showed him the article titled “Hyderabad a U.S visa fraud hub” published in The Hindu. These reports were from two cables send from US Consulate Offices in New Delhi and Mumbai. The title and couple of lines in the article caught the attention of the student.
Student: Sir, it looks like visa officers know of all the fraud ways we adapt to get visa.
Me: That is exactly the point I want to tell you. They know everything.
Student: That means if I go through this consultant and get admit, then I may be in trouble when I go for visa interview.
Me: Exactly, they may reject your visa for producing fake documents and may even ban you from entering US for the next 10 years. One more thing – you may have heard of people getting visa rejected, right?
Student: Yes Sir. I have heard of it a lot.
Me: You know why? Most of them do illegal things like that and get themselves in to trouble. They will never tell you that they got it rejected because they did something illegal. I have seen so many of my friends applying for visa. I have not seen even a single person who went to US consulate with proper documents getting his visa rejected. So the bottom line is, never ever try to fool the visa officer.
Student: Sir, I just started this process through this consultant. I don’t want to go with this consultant after listening to you. What should I do to select universities?
Me: You can approach some good consultants for advice but you need to do your part also. These days there are lots of forums and Facebook Pages that can help you out with everything you need to know about admission to US universities. Read this article from The Hindu. The websites like Edulix  has so many discussions going on about the admission process that you may get answers to almost all your questions there. You no longer have to go to any consultant for that matter.
Student: Thank you so much sir. Talking to you today was an eye-opener for me. Can I come back to you if I have any questions?
Me: Sure, let me know if you have any questions.
Student: Also I will tell all my friends planning to apply through these consultants not to do it.
Me: Please do and help them also.
The student gave me a big smile and left my cabin…
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Sunday, August 28, 2011

It is a Girl Baby - Abort it!!!

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I happened to see this documentary that throw light into the problems of aborting girl babies in India. Heart breaking one. Sad that such things exist in India even after sixty years of independence.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Don’t Think Twice – Hang Them!


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These three took part in the brutal assassination of a person who served as Prime Minister of India. Supreme Court convicted them and gave them death penalty. President of India have rejected their mercy petition. Date is set for September 9th for hanging the assassins of Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India. 
The death convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. File photo: D. Gopalakrishnan
Photo courtesy: The Hindu
There is nothing unusual in what I wrote above. Now comes the twist in the story. Some Tamil chauvinist parties have come up with protest against hanging these culprits. Vaiko, a former MP and leader of MDMK party in Tamil Nadu, who spearheads the campaign against hanging these criminals even talked about Tamil Nadu seceding from Indian Union if those three are hanged. Here is what he told
If Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan, the accused in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case are executed as per the court order, it will jeopardise Indian unity. When the 100th anniversary of the Independence Day will be celebrated on 2047, Tamil Nadu would not be a part of India
Here is the video of it (in Tamil).
I think such things will happen only in India. Can we think of a politician in any other country defending terrorists who killed head of their government? Shouldn’t such politicians be jailed? If not, aren’t such politicians a source of encouragement for other terrorists planning to attack India? Also if caste, religion, language, regionalism takes precedence over nationalism where are we heading to?
I hope government won’t listen to such voices and execute them on September 9th itself. Let Afzal Guru and Kasab be the next in the list so that it gives clear message to those who conspire against India.
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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Jan Lokpal Bill & Team Anna - Other Side of the Coin

There are lots of talks going on as if Jan Lokpal bill is the one and only solution to end all forms of corruption in India. I am the one who believes that we have enough rules and regulations existing already to curb various evils and Lokpal is going to add another layer to existing law. I have read few articles that exactly talk about my view points and this blog post is a compilation of those articles and videos. I have nothing against Team Anna but I cannot take their view point that a Lokpal bill is this magical wand that is going to solve all ills that has plunged the society. The media is so biased in reporting this whole story and here are some viewpoints going around that needs to be seriously considered before we make our decisions(Last Updated – 09:00 PM 31st August 2011; Please come back later for more updates)
How The Times of India Pumped Up Team Anna
But if Kejriwal had to choose one English language publication in particular for rounding up “Middle India” in round two of the fight for a strong anti-corruption ombudsman, the honour should surely go to The Times of India.
From the day after Anna Hazare was prematurely arrested on August 16 to August 29, the day he ended his fast, the New Delhi edition of The Times of India took ownership of the story and played a stellar role in mobilising public opinion and exerting pressure on the political class. Continue Reading
No Resolution was adopted either in the Lok Sabha or in the Rajya Sabha
Against the chorus that Parliament had backed anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare’s demands, the records show that no resolution was adopted either in the Lok Sabha or in the Rajya Sabha. Replying to the day-long debate on Saturday, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, however, made just one change in his speech in Rajya Sabha incorporating the word “resolve”. Continue Reading
Only a Temporary Reprieve
Many media houses and members of Mr Hazare’s team are claiming it as a victory for Mr Hazare. If it is a victory, it is a facile victory, not a substantive one. Perhaps there will be huge celebrations when Mr Hazare breaks his fast on a Sunday morning at 10 AM, absolutely at the peak of prime-time Sunday morning viewing. That fits in with the manner in which the whole movement has been organised and planned — like a reality TV show. Continue Reading
An open letter to Anna from Rajdeep Sardesai
There have been some signs of this in the last 48 hours that are truly worrying. The gherao of  the homes of  members of  Parliament may be visually appealing, but it encourages an anti-politician ‘sab neta chor hai’ rhetoric that could further destroy faith in parliamentary democracy. The increasingly strident language being used by certain members of  Team Anna – a term which creates the regrettable impression of  you being surrounded by a coterie – is to be best avoided at a time when a rational dialogue is called for.
Only two days ago, a colleague of  mine was assaulted in the heart of  the capital by a drunk biker gang waving the tricolor and chanting ‘I am Anna’ slogans. The frenzy being built up in the media by hyper-ventilating news channels and demagogic acolytes could easily transform a genuine peoples movement into a lumpen expression of  mob fury. It’s a transformation that could end up destroying the hard-earned credibility of  your struggle. Continue Reading
The Selective Amnesia Over Kiran Bedi
The upright police officer, posted in Mizoram as Deputy Inspector General (Range), thought discretion was certainly the better part of valour – and fled. This she did in the wee hours of one day, and without even informing her superiors. Her daughter’s admission, of course, was not scuttled. It’s a different matter altogether that the daughter never completed her MBBS studies, and instead flew over to the United States for a journalism course. Continue Reading
The Prisoner of Ramlila
Anna Hazare is NO Mahatma Gandhi. Here is Why
My first encounter with Anna Hazare was when I was requested by veteran trade union leader Dr Baba Adhav to come to Ralegan Siddhi as a doctor to examine Hazare on the 13th day of his first notable hunger strike in 1998. At that time, his relative and a close associate showed me packets of glucose and electrolyte powder, which he was giving to Hazare everyday, and asked me whether the quantity was sufficient. Continue Reading
Let's Not Rush With Lokpal Bill or Compromise Parliament's dignity - Narayana Murthy
Why Some Are Not Anna? 
For many, I believe the Jan Lok Pal movement has taken an almost religious turn. Bhajans are sung on India TV in praise of  the new Gandhi Anna-sahab as he looks indulgently on and “Anna is India” hashtags trend on Twitter (reminiscent of the India is Indira of many decades ago). The movement has a very simple message—-”They” (i.e. politicians) are bad. “We” (aka Anna since we are all Anna) are good. We, the good, will bring the bad to justice. And Jan Lok Pal is our Holy Book and Anna the messiah”. Given that the reign of the UPA government has been marked by corruption on an epic scale, the very simple solution to this problem that the Jan Lok Pal suggests (“We will fix these devils”) is definitely a very attractive one. It is no wonder that people show an almost religious reverence to its basic principle and are confounded as to how anyone with even a speck of decency could not be wholly enthused by this idea. Continue Reading
Meeting Gandhi?
Later in the evening, I stared open mouthed, when in answer to a question from one of us, Anna suggested dictatorship as the only solution to the ills plaguing our country. There was a hazy theme of “social revolution” in there somewhere and vague references to how much better this country would have been if we had followed Subhash Bose instead of Gandhi (strange view for someone being described as a Gandhian!!). But his basic surmise was that parliamentary democracy should be suspended for 15 years so that the system could be cleaned up after which basic village level democracy should be introduced. Or something like that. Years later I read a book written by a certain individual called Ayub Khan: pakistan’s first dictator, where these thoughts were mirrored! Continue Reading
Common man donates Rs 50 lakh at Ramlila but fails to meet Hazare
Anna Hazare’s hunger strike entered its eight day and the donations counter has collected a handsome sum of Rs 50 lakh already. However, the junta’s anti-graft crusader remained out of reach for the very common man he’s fighting for.
The Public Cause Research Foundation (PCRF) which is managing the stage show is collecting the donations through cash, cheques and online transfers. However, if a commoner wants to meet the fasting Gandhian crusader, he must clear the obstacle course, which is more than just barricades after every ten feet. In simple terms — you have to be someone important to meet Hazare. Continue Reading
Many in India See Danger in Hunger Striker's Anticorruption Plan
Yet many of those same analysts are disturbed by the alternative put forward by Mr. Hazare’s team: an independent agency with sweeping powers and its own vast, nationwide bureaucracy that critics say could exist outside the usual checks of India’s democratic systems. Continue Reading
India's anti-corruption leader Anna Hazare cannot yet be compared to Gandhi
Gandhi galvanised millions and was instrumental in bringing them into the anti-colonial movement. But the numbers coming out on the streets to support Hazare are minuscule, and they hardly cut across social classes and regions – his following as yet is predominantly urban and significantly middle-class. Continue Reading
How the Indian Media Covered Anna
Veteran journalist B.G Verghese, who is now a professor with the Center for Policy Research think-tank in New Delhi, said that the media was “magnifying the event beyond its worth.”“The media has not at all been objective in its coverage,” said Mr. Verghese, adding that a media bias was visible in the amount of screen time television channels devoted to the protesters compared to the government. “It has been hyped and in fact they have been derogatory of the governments and its efforts.” Continue Reading
Anna's Bill Impractical - Mahesh Butt
First, I want to clarify that I am not against corruption. But tell me, can corruption be addressed through 'your' bill or 'my' bill? Anna's bill is just as impractical and dangerous as the government's bill. The nation must question Anna's bill as much as the government's. The bill proposes to create a power that is dangerous. Continue Reading
Hazare's arm-twisting method of protest dangerous to democracy?
Anna's adamant fast for the passage of Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament reflects people's frustration over corruption which slows down benefits reaching the needy, be it admission to schools or getting a job. The genuineness of grievances may not always lend sanctity to the method of agitation. Is arm-twisting, howsoever peaceful, of institutions which have been created through years of running of democracy not muzzling of views? None can deny need for course correction though. But courses are not corrected by whipping up a frenzy among people by promising that the Jan Lokpal Bill is the only path to nirvana from corruption. What is needed is self-correction. Continue Reading
Analysis: Anna Hazare's Deplorable Moral Fascism
The dangerous element in the Hazare-led anti-corruption crusade is the strident self-righteous tone of the campaigners. They are convinced that what they are prescribing is right and others have to accept it. They claim that they are speaking for the people — the few hundreds, the few thousands and the few tens of thousands — who are congregating in the city squares, and they are not embarrassed by their preposterous claim. There is total absence of modesty and humility. It is this smugness of the Lokpal activists that is frightening. In the language of Hazare, Kejriwal, Bedi and Bhushan, ‘many’ stands for ‘all’, a terrifying verbal sleight that bends dangerously close to untruth. Continue Reading
Anna Hazare's protest site not free from VIP Culture
Anna Hazare's movement might have been branded as that of corruption versus the common man, but even his protest site has not been free from the VIP culture.Continue Reading
A deluded Team Anna is feeding a dangerous intolerance
It’s a mob out there. And some of the self-appointed leaders of Civil Society who sit on the dais at Ramlila Maidan and give their self-righteous opinions are now showing all the signs of suffering from delusions of grandeur. Continue Reading
Is RSS Running the Anna Show?
The bulk of support to crusader Anna Hazare is coming from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) youth cadres. It is not an allegation by the Congress but an open admission by senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj.Continue Reading
Combating Corruption
Social activist Anna Hazare is on a fast-unto-death. This fighter against corruption  (he is the founder of the Bhrashtachar Virodhi Jan Aandolan who returned his Padmashri award because the Maharashtra government did not take action against corrupt forest officials) and campaigner for the Right to Information Act wants the government to start work to enact a Jan Lokpal Bill. Apparently, close to 150 people have joined in, according to one newspaper report.
So why am I not impressed? And why am I amused when a newspaper says the fast has galvanised the nation's fight against corruption? Continue Reading

I will Quit India if Jan Lokpal is passed
What I am hurt more is the herd mentality of my country men. The way they blindly think that passing a law will magically transform the nation in to an uncorrupt nation is naivety at it’s heights .I am hurt by corruption too in day today life and had been a victim in the past. When I had to register my plot in Tanjore, I had to pay a bribe to get it registered. I asked why should I pay but I was helpless, I was just a mute spectator. But a Jan Lokpal is not the solution to curb corruption. Another law, another independent committee, another 1000s of Crores of my taxes going in to the drain. Strengthening of current laws and implementation will set the law part right but a stronger will to say no to corruption in our daily lives is more important. Continue Reading
Is Lok Pal is necessary to fight corruption?
No, not only is it unnecessary, it will make the problem worse. Corruption in India arises because of too much government, too many rules, too much complexity and too much ambiguity. Adding one more, huge, powerful layer to an already complex system will make the system even more complicated. Complexity creates the incentives for corruption–both on the part of the bribe giver and the bribe taker. Continue Reading
To start with, it crosses the line when it comes to the separation of powers. Each wing of Government—the Legislature, Executive and Judiciary—keeps checks and balances on the other, and so they must remain separate, because that’s the only way to ensure that there is no abuse of power. Here, the Lok Pal, which is a judicial body, for all practical purposes, will have control of the part of the Executive that conducts investigations on its behalf. To add to more confusion, the chairperson, members of Lok Pal and the officers in investigation wing of Lok Pal are to be deemed to be “police officers” as defined under the Code of Criminal Procedure, for the purpose of carrying out investigation. Continue Reading
Devils Advocate by Karan Thapar
Till yesterday morning I was all for the bill, and then I read the bill in detail. What i will set down here are my issues with the bill. This does not mean I don’t want the people to be involved in drafting of the bill, it also does not mean i support the Government on their version of the  bill – I don’t. At the first level – and in effect it stops there – it is the ability to go “j’accuse’ on people in Public life – it doesn’t matter if they are innocent or guilty. You believe that they have done something wrong, and you have the right to complain and ask for a review. Continue Reading
A most comical anti-corruption opera is being staged all over the country under the leadership of  Anna Hazare, who in his moral tyranny is actually beginning to look like Mahatma Gandhi. This itself is a bit of laugh: when a man wants to be someone else eventually transmigration of the soul and nose happens. It only remains for Anna to hold the Dandi March. Continue Reading
The debate on how to eradicate corruption, kick-started by Anna Hazare's indefinite fast, has now moved into its second phase. This involves the drafting of a bill that will provide a fool-proof mechanism to bring the corrupt to book. Here is an examination of the structural flaws inherent in the Jan Lok Pal Bill. Continue Reading
Interview with Nandan Nilekani
My dear country man, use your brains and not go by what media is telling you. The media is concerned only about increasing their TRPs.
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Saturday, August 13, 2011

I Love My India – Collection of Patriotic Songs

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On the eve of Independence Day here is a collection of some patriotic songs about India that I love to listen.
Janagana mana Instrumental
Janagana mana Vocal
Mile Sur Mera Tumara
Maa Tujhe Salaam
Nanha Munna Rahi Hoon
Jai Ho
Jahan Dal Dal Pe Sone Ki Chidiya Karti Hai Basera
Aao Buchho Tumhe Dikhaye
Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon
Sare Jahanse Acha
Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan
Dekho Veer Jawano
I Love My India
Mera Desh Ki Dharti
Phir Mile Sur Mera Tumara
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY TO ALL…

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Airtel - Ripping-Off Customers

I wrote few days back about some good changes that have happened in India due to the cell phone usage. After being in India for over one month I understood one more thing about cell phone providers – be very careful dealing with these providers or they will loot you.

Here is what happened to me. I bought a “Prepaid” 2 GB internet card for Rs 98 from Airtel valid for a month. I was told that I can use upto a maximum of 2 GB but with the speed they are providing, you cannot even use 300 MB in a month. I forgot the exact date I bought the “Prepaid” card. All I remembered was it was somewhere around 13th. I believed that once one month is over, my internet access will be disconnected as it was a prepaid internet card.

I had a balance of over Rs 150 of talk time in my account on Sunday and on Tuesday morning I realized it was reduced to Rs 6. I would have made calls for less than Rs 10 during those two days and could not figure out why the balance was so low. I called the Airtel customer service and what they told me left me in a state of shock. My “prepaid card” expired on Sunday night and for the next two days whenever I browsed, Airtel was taking money from my balance on the talk time! Doesn’t “Prepaid” means that particular service needs to be cut off once the balance is over? Is it a good business ethics to take money from the balance on my talk time without getting consent from me?

There are so many ways these mobile phone providers will rip you off. Every day the plan changes for all the cell phone providers. On the given day the customer is forced to take the plan available that day to get the full talk time. Most of these plans will be valid only for a fixed number of days. If you don’t make a lot of calls using cell phone, most of the time we may not be able to use it within those days and the remaining talk time goes unused. Why do the mobile companies change the plan every day? The answer is very simple – Confuse the people and make maximum profit.

Now from next time onwards I will be careful. I will make sure that this is the first and last time a cell phone provider is fooling me.

Do you have similar stories of mobile phone providers in India ripping you off? Please do share.
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Monday, August 08, 2011

India's Missing Girls - Documentary

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I happened to see this documentary that throw light into the problems of aborting girl babies in India. Heart breaking one. Sad that such things exist in India even after sixty years of independence.

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Friday, August 05, 2011

Lokpal - Observations

This post is written by my friend and guest blogger Karthikeyan Chandran. He blogs at Glocal View 
Today the government tabled it's version of the Lokpal bill and Team Anna was burning the same outside. I have only a few observations to make from what I have seen till now.
Team Anna is trying to sell it's version as a solution to everything corrupt under the sun (atleast within India), which is just not going to work. In their zeal to root out corruption they have tried to bring every damn department within the purview of Lokpal. I don't see how they will implement this even they get a chance to pass their version. Also, you just cannot legislate corruption away. It needs to be organic. Instead of the my way or highway approach which has given the Congress Govt to point out Team Anna's intransigence as an excuse to come out with it's own more or less a watered down version of Lokpal, Team Anna must have worked as the watchdog within the joint committee holding the govt to task and coming out with one stronger version of Lokpal.

While Team Anna might have it's heart at the right place, it's method of tantrum throwing and calling into question the integrity everything that relates to our Polity and constitutional process doesn't go well with people who still have faith within the democratic process. If i should not trust the politicians who are atleast held accountable every 5 years, how am i supposed to trust arbitrarily chosen "Few Good Men" who make up the lokpal. I surely don't (maybe i am too cynical). Let us think about this for a minute. Would anyone have thought the democratic setup we came up with after independence would devolve into such a corrupt system? The idealists and statesmen gave way to corrupt politicians. So, how am i supposed to believe that we need to have an ombudsman who is all powerful and unaccountable and not elected will stick to it's legislated mandate? Maybe in the first 5-10 years. How about after that?


I feel, notwithstanding another fasting threat (on Aug 16), Team Anna has lost a great opportunity to have played a very constructive role in this whole process. The popular anger and support was behind them and they could have kept the Govt's feet to fire. By walking out and coming with their own version and trying to put a deadline by which the Govt must pass their version and threatening with a fast if the govt fails to do so they have painted themselves into a corner.


I also have to say something about the way Team Anna comes off on TV, especially Arvind Kejiriwal and Kiran Bedi. Both of them have their heart in the right place, God bless them, but they come off very off handed in any interview or discussion. When some relevant questions are asked of them they keep changing the goal posts or make simplistic arguments which never answer the asked question. I also hate it when Arvind brings up the movie Gandhi and the scene where Gandhiji burns the passes to their act of burning the Lokpal draft. I am sorry, whatever the drawbacks of our current political system and however corrupt the system is, it is not the same as a subjugating alien power and Team Anna ain't made of Mahatma Gandhis (including highly respected Anna Hazare). I only wish he stops using that as an analogy.


I only hope that they use the immense popular outrage that is behind them in the coming days to good use rather than overreaching and in the end wasting away the whole thing.
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Monday, August 01, 2011

Travel Security Administration (TSA) and Etihad Airlines Horror Story

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My friend’s parents were travelling from Cleveland to Chennai recently with American airlines/Etihad airways. They started their journey on 07/07/11 and it was an emergency trip due to the sudden demise of his grandmother (Their original plan of staying in the US for around 6 months cut short to 3 weeks).  After a 3 hour travel by road from Detroit to Cleveland airport, they boarded American Airline flight to New York. They got their baggage checked in through to Chennai, which was their final destination. They also got their boarding passes for the New York to Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi to Chennai legs of their travel.  As it is customary, their Etihad (EY 100 & 268) boarding passes were printed by American Airlines on American Airlines’ sleeves. The first flight from Cleveland was delayed by 70 minutes. They reached New York JFK airport at 20:50 hrs late but still 2 hours ahead of their next flight to Abu Dhabi. They rushed from Terminal 8 to Terminal 4 and reached the security check (B20-B31), which was just before the departure gate B27 by 21:30. EY 100 flight scheduled take off was at 22:50 and they still had 80 minutes left.
At this point his father showed the boarding cards to security guards and said he is flying Etihad flight EY 100. The security person denied entry to them and asked them to go the gates from where American Airline flights were taking off which was a floor below where they were. His father was really confused at this stage, because he could clearly see the departure gate B27 through the security check they were queuing at. So he showed the boarding card again pointing to the Etihad flight number in the boarding card (although the boarding sleeve said American on top since it was printed by the American Airlines counter) requesting entry. At this point the ignorant security guard had stopped talking and blankly pointed to the direction they should go. 
His parents returned back and went all around the place but thoroughly confused because it was clear to them that had to go through the security check where they came from. So they queued up once more at the same security check but were denied entry again. Finally they had no choice, went back to Etihad sales/customer service desk in JFK terminal 4. It was 22:00hrs by then and they still had 50 minutes left. At this point Etihad staff informed them that they cannot take the flight anymore as the flight was overbooked. It was the last chance for his parents to come in before his grandmother's funeral/cremation. Hearing this shocking news his father passed out. My friend was contacted by one of the officials and everyone in the family was distressed by this incident. Moreover his parents didn't reach India till Sunday 07/10/11 and missed to see his grandmother for the final time before she was cremated. Due to this careless error by the security staff they had to sleep near the airport gate and stay with in that area (in fear of going through the security check again) for the next 24 hours. 
The whole incident was caused due to careless behaviour of security staff at the security check before gate B27 (B20-B31) of Terminal 4 JFK airport. His father’s health deteriorated, his family was put under lot of distress and his parents missed to attend grandmother's funeral which was the original reason for the travel. The security guards had no right to deny entry to his parents at the security check. They have asked for full reason as to how and why this happened. The following questions need to be addressed by TSA staff and the airlines official. 
  •  Why would the official turn down repetitive requests from my friend’s father to be examined and passed through the security checks when he had valid boarding passes and was well before the flight take off?
  • Why would the security staff send them to a different gate / security check? After all when they eventually traveled the next day, they went through the same security check they were denied entry that day.
  • And finally why would Etihad airways issue additional tickets when his parents had already checked in and resell the same seats which were already allotted to his parents?
A complaint has been filed by my friend with TSA with the following action items
  •  Identify the security staff who worked on these gates and take action on them for their ignorance, racial inclination and biased nature
  • The security staff’s ignorance in not knowing that Etihad’s boarding cards could carry an American Airlines logo on top is a shame to TSA’s training
  •  The security staff’s immediate resorting to sign language was a display of rude behavior and prejudice
  •  Compensate his parents for the lost chance of having my friend’s mother participate in his grand-mother’s funeral, for the deterioration of his father’s health, mental distress of the entire family in his parents’ denial of boarding the Etihad’s flight and them spending more than 24 hours in front of the Etihad departure gate.
  •  Attempt to prevent incidents like these happen in the future
Let us see if TSA acts on this complaint.
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