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After UP Election Win: An open letter to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav

When Gandhiji was asked as to what is the greatest problem of this country, he said “the callousness of the intellectuals in this country is our curse”. Any country that neglects the healthcare and education of the people is bound to stagnate and go down the drain

“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors”—Plato

Dear Chief Minister,

Congratulations on you’re becoming the chief minister of the most populous state of India. May God bless you with good health and enthusiasm to do good to your people. In fact, the latest definition of health is “enthusiasm to work and enthusiasm to be compassionate.” I know you have the enthusiasm to work, which you have demonstrated in your hard work to bring your party from the dumps back to power with clear majority to rule on your own without any coalition partner pulling the rug under your feet. It is time to celebrate. With success comes responsibility, though.

Yours is one of the poorest states of India where a large chunk of children suffer from NIDS (Nutritional Immune Deficiency Syndrome) in addition to all other problems ranging from law and order to corruption at it’s worst, thanks to all the previous dispensations. Now it is time to start with a clean slate. You have no bad political baggage on your back. You are young. You are energetic. You are educated—not because you are an engineer from Mysore University and had further education at Australia. They are minor points. The major point is that I noticed during your campaigns that you demonstrated that you are a truly educated young man. Education in the true sense is to train a human being to act “justly, skillfully and magnanimously under all circumstances of peace and war”. Elections in India have become an all out war and most of the people in the field are not educated on the above sense of the word.

I was so impressed by your campaign speeches where you stressed on development and other good things for the state and not on any unethical practices associated with Indian elections. Neither did you speak ill of your opponents, a quality I greatly admire in you. Your best was your magnanimity in sparing your opponents of any vendetta. A true victor should always be magnanimous in forgiving the vanquished. Well done and well begun. Well begun is half done. Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown, wrote Shakespeare. How very true?  You will have your ups and owns. When you are up do not get bloated and when you are down look up to the stars in the sky even if you are in the deep ditch! If you treat triumph and disaster, the two dangerous imposters, just the same, you will have won the game; remembering at the same time that it is not winning or losing that matters but, how you have played the game that matters. Be an authentic human being and an exception to the usual run-of-the-mill Indian politician. Keep the goonda elements at an arm’s length to get back a clean image for your party cadres who are known to take the law into their own hands.

I am also proud of you that you had your basic degree from my state. I had my PG degree from the then famous University College of Medicine at KGMC. I love Lucknow so much that I keep going back often. I was feeling bad each time that I go back that old camaraderie and the culture that I had appreciated in Lucknowites has been gradually fading. Please get it back. Let us not be parochial, after all we are all one, citizens of this wonderful world. Quantum physics now tells us that we are all one energy bundle although we look different, the so called Maya or Wircklicheit as the Germans say.

Healthy nation is a wealthy nation. I have been in this business of keeping people well for well over half a century. I could give some humble suggestions to you as to how you could transform UP into a healthy state without spending tons of money, most of which goes to grease the huge machinery of corruption. You need simple few measures to get the state back on its tracks. They are:

  •   Clean drinking water for every one.
  •   Three square meals uncontaminated by human and/or animal excreta.
  •   Sanitary facilities like toilets in every house in the villages.
  •   Smokeless choolas to save village women from the deadly carbon monoxide from the smoke coming into the house.
  •   Economic empowerment of village women by cottage industries e.g. pappad making, etc.
  •  Every girl to be in school and/or college till at least twenty years of age to reduce the fertility rate significantly.
  •  Pregnant ladies to get a nutritious mid day meal to help improve the nutrition of poor pregnant mothers to help them beget healthy babies. Mid-day meal for a child born to a malnourished mother does not help as the child’s organs are all made in the first trimester of pregnancy.
  •  Employment opportunities for able-bodied men and women to rescue them from killer diseases. Most of the latter take hold of poor people who are anxious not knowing where their next meal comes from. Poverty is the mother of all illnesses, especially the killer ones! The poor suffer doubly when they are ill. They also lose their daily wage earning capacity when they are ill pushing the dependent family further into poverty!

When all the above are in place the need for expensive hospitals and drugs will come down drastically and the populace will be healthier to be more productive. Your effort must be to increase the gross domestic product (GDP), not by adding only to the coffers of the greedy industrial honchos but, adding a few more rupees to the pockets of the poor people as well. Today the poor pay for their poverty with their own lives. Please try and reverse that. This is not an impossible task if you, at your age, with all your higher education in environmental engineering, sincerely attempt to do so.

For a change give the state clean and authentic administration for the next five years. If you do that your place in politics is assured and you will be the torch bearer for a healthy change in Indian politics.

In India the governments do not do healthcare. They just stop short of illness care influenced by the rich sickness industry. The latter creates a dread of imaginary illnesses by disease mongering. They are past masters in influencing the powers-that-be to toe their line of thinking, which is nothing but the health scare system. India has a rich heritage of herbal medicines, folk medicine and many other excellent systems like Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, Homeopathy, etc. We should evolve an integrated system of sickness care combing the best in these systems after duly authenticating the methods using modern scientific yardstick. This is being done now and you could get guidance in the area from the researchers. I could help you get that information.

India has the biggest load of malnourished children, a total of 67 million in all, dying at the rate of almost one thousand a week. A large proportion of them are in your state. In fact, the Indian load of malnourished children (suffering from the disease Nutritional Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is the biggest, even larger than the total load of sub-Saharan Africa of 42 million. Preventing premature deaths must be our primary goal. The measures suggested above will go a long way in achieving that goal.

You might wonder as to why I have written this open letter suo motu?  When Gandhiji was asked as to what is the greatest problem of this country his answer was very telling. He said “that the callousness of the intellectuals in this country is our curse”. Any country that neglects the healthcare and education of the people is bound to stagnate and go down the drain. This has been happening in India, especially in UP in the last several years. Time was when UP had some of the best educational institutions. In the early 1960s the Lucknow’s University Medical College (KGMC) was a premier medical institution selected even by the Rockefeller scheme for postgraduate training facilities. I did my MD medicine from KGMC and could vouch for its very high standards at that time. I keep going there for academic activities over the last several decades and am sad to see how that institution has been allowed to go down the drain systematically. The political set up is to blame basically as each power dispensation in Lucknow wanted its own men/women to head the institution which, incidentally led to true merit being the first casualty. Political interference in higher education, nay any education, is dangerous, to say the least.

It is a shame that India spends less than 2% of its GDP on education and health, much less than all the subsidies and exemptions. This will ruin this country. Good primary education will change the face of this country in addition to poverty alleviation through food, shelter (slum clearance for example) and employment generation. I am happy that you started off with laptops, this might be construed as bottom up method to improve education, but a beginning is a good sign in that area. We need to make our education value based. Indian education today does not produce healthy minds but aims to produce wealthy careers alone. Education must stress the basic tenets of education of training a human being to act “justly, skillfully and magnanimously”. As I had noted above you have been an exception and I hope you will make yourself a role model for the youth of your state. One day you might have to do it for the whole country as I see a bright future for you to head the dispensation at Delhi.

Take the help of well meaning intellectuals in your arena to help you with constructive ideas. Have a think tank. Nitish Kumar has done that with success. You could innovate on that. Take care to avoid sycophants around you. Kings in history who took the counsel of their sycophants only eventually got destroyed.

Let me close this letter with a positive note that I have full faith in you. You will be a THINKING chief minister who will have the good of his people at heart. Let me quote Queen Victoria when she had to take over the reins of ruling the then British Empire at the tender age of thirteen when her father died prematurely. She told the crowd after her coronation at the St Peter’s Cathedral: “I am young (so are you; not so young, though) I am immature, I do not know what ruling a large Empire means but, I do know one thing for certain: I know what is good for my people”. Chief minister Akhilesh Yadavji please learn to know what is good for your people. Good speed and good luck for your sincere efforts to change the face of UP.

“Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times”—Winston Churchill

Yours ever,

BM Hegde

(Professor Dr BM Hegde, a Padma Bhushan awardee in 2010, is an MD, PhD, FRCP (London, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Dublin), FACC and FAMS. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Science of Healing Outcomes, Chairman of the State Health Society's Expert Committee, Govt of Bihar, Patna. He is former Vice Chancellor of Manipal University at Mangalore and former professor for Cardiology of the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, University of London. Prof Dr Hegde can be contacted at [email protected])

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prashant kumar

5 years ago

dear sir cm akhilesh yadav , we r the students of ayurveda and we r unemploid. what was r mistake? we quilified up cpmt just 1 or 2 marks less then a mbbs doctors and spends full 6 years coarse including ayurved and allopath study.they get the jobs and r alloud to do private practice but sir niether we get jobs nor alloud for private practice to use just the emergency drugs.sir we r only left to kill ourshelf.there is no future of our and our family. and if it is so then why the gov. of up allow us to take admission in ayurveda and unani colleges.


sir, please stop playing with our future.wwe r quilified doctors and we really worked hard for this.we should get the chance to servive. remember sir we r still human beings and not animals. please leave us some scope to to stay alive.

prashant kumar

5 years ago

dear sir cm akhilesh yadav , we r the students of ayurveda and we r unemploid. what was r mistake? we quilified up cpmt just 1 or 2 marks less then a mbbs doctors and spends full 6 years coarse including ayurved and allopath study.they get the jobs and r alloud to do private practice but sir niether we get jobs nor alloud for private practice to use just the emergency drugs.sir we r only left to kill ourshelf.there is no future of our and our family. and if it is so then why the gov. of up allow us to take admission in ayurveda and unani colleges.


sir, please stop playing with our future.wwe r quilified doctors and we really worked hard for this.we should get the chance to servive. remember sir we r still human beings and not animals. please leave us some scope to to stay alive.

VIJAY KUMAR SAVITA

5 years ago

Respected,
Mr. AKHILESH YADAV,
C.M.(u.p)
i am student of a government college in b.tech first year ,i beg to say that there is no rule for scholarship for OBC category.I request to you give time & think about it.
THANK you

vimal kumar

5 years ago

It is an excellent letter and i hope young Akhilesh Yadav makes a sincere effort in improving the situation in UP state.In India at present 2 politicians who are doing a reasonable amount of good work are Nithesh kumar in Bihar and Narendra Modi in Gujarat state.The recent statement made by Narendra modi is very relevant.He mentioned that 15000 villages in gujarat get uninterrupted power supply round the year,which even the prime minister in Delhi do not have and the main reason for that success is he does not have any personal interest.This is very relevant and should be the yardstick for Mr.Akhilesh's functioning in the coming months and years.Best wishes,
Vimal

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dayananda kamath k

In Reply to vimal kumar 5 years ago

but vested inteerests are not prepared to forget the gujarat riot and continue to beat the dead donkey but they forgive and forget still larger tragedy of sikh riots. it is their vested interest to continue to paint hime villan so that he may not be able to contribute to indias well being which they are not interested at all.

Ratanlal Purohit

In Reply to vimal kumar 5 years ago

Political compulsions come in the way always.
Dinesh Trivedi was sacked. MMS may also loose if he crosses dictat. Mams are always particular to drive from a side seat. Akhiless may be more so. But there is a learning curve. ONCE HE GETS ROPES HE WILL DRIVE THE STATES TO.NATIONAL CENTRE OF POWER.

sidhartha sinha

5 years ago

The respected Prof has written a letter to UP CM expecting the new UP CM to be any different from his father (MSY).
Today Akhilesh appointed Raja Bhaiya ( do a google on his name, and you will come to know who he is) as a minister in this government.

SP the party to which the new CM belongs is a collection of class A goons par excellence.

Read the manifesto of SP, it seems they have promised everything to the people. I asked a local SP leader as to who wrote the manifesto, they said Abhishek Bachhan was asked to draft it (what an idea sirjee).

I have lived in UP during my student life and have seen the SP misrule first hand. This is going to be a disaster as big as the BSP misrule.

Respected Professor Dr BM Hegde, Please do not have any high hopes from some one who got an engineering degree / masters degree , that too on enviornmenatl sciences , on capitation fees

Regards
Sidhartha

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Ratanlal Purohit

In Reply to sidhartha sinha 5 years ago

Today it is the cabinet A received from M. Tomorrow he will have to come out of his fathers Shadows. With the support from the younger lot he will slowly have is hold on the state politics.

p v maiya

5 years ago

Excllent and down to earth advice to the young C.M. I would just add that he should implement the Police reforms recommended by the commission in 1972 which are still valid and later by the Supreme Court. This single action will take the State forward in respect for law. He has the capability to be the PM if his record in UP proves him to be a statesman, not an ordinary riff raf politician.

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Ratanlal Purohit

In Reply to p v maiya 5 years ago

The ReForm conceived 40 yrs. Back IS STILL to be DELIVERED. BUT MOTHER IF AT DELIVERS IT IT WILL BE STILL.
REMEMBER MAHABHARAT.
A DEMON ACCORDING TO POLITICIANS, THE BABY IS A DEATH WARRANT. IF IT IS POSSIBLE POLITICIANS WILL SCRAP OR SUBJUDIGATE JUDICIARIES TOO. WAIT.
THE TOTAL DEMISE OF DEMOCRACY IS NOT FAR OFF.
CIVIL MILITARY CONFRONTATION HAS STARTED. ITS HIGH TIME. WRITING MAY NOT BE CLEAR ON WALL BUT RUMBLINGS ARE CLEAR.

Chandrika panicker

5 years ago

In addition to those mentined in the article, I shall add the following. I am from Kerala and I had been to Vrindavan, Gokul and Krishnajanmabhoomi with lot of excitement to see the places associated with Lord mahaprabhu Sreekrishna. But to my utter dismay , I found the places in totally neglected condition by the government. Where else in the world can we see such neglect on the places associated Gods worshipped by crores of people ? I request Mr. Chief Minister to find some time and resources to uplift the places to a level that they deserve. God will bless you with abundance.With prayers
Chandrika

dayananda kamath k

5 years ago

election menifesto it self is starter for curruption. the free laptops free colour television setsetc are deciding the elction results than good governance and providing basic amenities to the public. govts main job is providing these and law and order.in democracy legislators are elcted to monitor and improve these things.but they are more interested in securing their position by any means and least bothered about their primery duty. even election commission which files a case for giving money to the performer in an election rally is not bothered about these free bees incorporated in party manifestos.

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Ratanlal Purohit

In Reply to dayananda kamath k 5 years ago

Yes you are right. BUT HE gave only promise IN MENIFESTO ALONGWITH OTHER PROMISES. EDUCATION. GIRL CHILD. TECH SAVVY MADRSAS. WHAT IS WRONG IF TAXPAYERS WANT TO GO FOR IT. BADAL DID TOO AND SUCCEEDED.
ITS NO BRIBE. IT IS INCENTIVE TO GO AHEAD. THE RESULTS WILL PROVE IT. EVERY BODY CRITICISED RAJIV GANDHI FOR DIGITISATION. REMEMBER.

Ratanlal

dayananda kamth k

In Reply to Ratanlal Purohit 5 years ago

it is verymuch bribe only. not adhering to it is further bigger crime of breach of trust and fraud on the people. when karunanidhi annouced free color television sets i sent a letter to election commission and the never replied. where they have used the govt money to pay for television sets and people have to again pay to sun tv for getting cable connection to watch the tv. they have used the govt money to further their business interest. as 90% of cable distribtuion in tamilnadu was with sun groupe. where such freebees are announced they have to be brone by the party. these freebees can also used to receive kickbacks for orders. that is why i said the manifesto itself is starter for curruption.

Ratanlal Purohit

5 years ago

Well said. SIMPLE PLAIN
WELL MEANING HOME GROWN ADVICE.
GANDHIJI ALWAYS SAID
INDIA IS IN ITS VILLAGES. Dr Added to it Villages of UP.
If we have to improve India we have to improve UP. India has the 2nd largest migrant population. UP THE LARGEST MIGRANT STATE.
INDIA WILL DO WELL IF UP DOES WELL.
Dr's advice should be The Agenda on UP CM's table-va like Robert Forsts saying on JFK & JN.
Woods are lovely dark and deep
But I have Promises to keep
And Miles to Go before I Sleep,
AND MILES TO GO BEFORE I SLEEP.




Nagesh Kini FCA

5 years ago

According to newsreports Akilesh Yadav speaks fluent Kannada as he graduated from Mysore in Environmental Engineering. This Open letter, from an ex-VC ,a distinguished one at that, surely should convey the message to the CM of UP.

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Ratanlal Purohit

In Reply to Nagesh Kini FCA 5 years ago

Shri Nagesh Kini ji
JUST LIKE A CHILD UNDERSTANDS MOTHER'S LANGUAGE AKHILESS WILL UNDERSTAND. ITS LOVE. LOVE FOR THE CHILD AND CHILD'S LOVE FOR THE MOTHER & THE MOTHERLAND.
LOVE IN ANY LANGUAGE IS LOVE BEYOND ALL BARRIERS OF CASTE CREED AND LANGUAGE.

PPM

5 years ago

Dr. Hegde

In India, Govt is there to create trouble to people, not to improve the life of people.

One example, Iodised salt. Just because ladies from north eastern India has iodine deficiency, Indian Govt., made it a law that only iodised salt to be consumed in India...end result is outbreak of Thyroid problems. Almost 60% of Indian women suffer thyroid related problems and you can see this by the number of thyroid test centres in various cities. Meanwhile, the salt companies are minting money.

Also, Iodine has radio active isotopes ..as no one is checking the Iodised salt for radio active iodine, consumption of Iodine as part of salt (Sodium Chloride) will create more problems in the long run.

George

5 years ago

Gandhi lamented the "callousness of intellectuals".
But where are Indian intellectuals to be found? Who are they and what orginal ideas have they produced?
India is a failed state precisely because there is no intellectual life in India - no culture of debate and discussion. No strategic vision. In 2005, VS Naipaul told the New York Times: " India is a country without intellectuals --- profoundly dependent on the West for ideas and direction.""

The enduring image of India abroad
is poverty and squalor, absurd religious rituals, pre-occcupation with gods and gurus, indiscipline and disorder.

Arvind Kumar

5 years ago

Respected Dr. Hegde Sahib,

HATS OFF TO YOU, SIR !!!! for this thoughtful and thought provoking article.

As I was reading down this article, I was not aware about the author. But each line, as I went through, brought appreciation in my mind, about the easy flow of thoughts, the depth in the communication you want to pass on, the constructive suggestions on healthcare, care for the child and mothers-to-be, etc. Dr. Sahib, no wonders that a state like Bihar is showing signs of changes. And it has to be under the guidance of intellectuals like you. We salute you and your thoughts !

As Prasanta has commented," whether Akhilesh ji reads Moneylife", we should not worry on that aspect. All Ministers, Chief Ministers, PMs etc. are provided with various staff & Sectretaries, PAs & PSs to take care and assist them in their daily official matters. Bringing to the notice of their bosses different news and views appearing in all types of media is the job of a special Team for every Minister. So, Prasanta, just donot bother. Akhileshji would have already gone through this open letter. I am sure, he would be getting in touch with Dr. Hegde sooner than later.

Akhileshji, go ahead with drastic changes towards betterment of your State without bothering about political criticism. Just look at one point & idea that : your actions are for the well-being of masses in general and the changes are implemented thoughtfully & judicially.
JUST GO AHEAD, YOUR UTTAR PRADESH WILL GIVE YOU THE RIGHT UTTAR (Answer).

God Speed & Good Luck

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Narendra Doshi

In Reply to Arvind Kumar 5 years ago

Dear Arvindji,
I am not sure if you had heard Prof Dr Hegde personally like so many of us at one of the Moneylife seminars recently. Also, if you have read MANY MANY articles in Moneylife during last six months or so ( you can still get them in tha archives of ML). ALL of them am sure will get the same remarks if not more tha you have given above.
I have in fact started to look at the author first - on any of ML articles BEFORE reading the title or topic because you will never be able to guess that this wonderful human being, Professor Doctor Shri B M Hegde may not be able to talk or write.
Hope to keep reading & trying to implement some of 'his 'thoughts in the years to come.

Narendra Doshi

5 years ago

Dear Prof Dr Hegdeji,
I have enjoyed every word of this open letter to Akhileshji at the right time. May be, Mulayamji would not have been able to do all this nor you would have expected but his experience should be heard by Akhileshji which will make things happen faster.
As rightly stated, Akhileshji do make it happen in UP and do set your eyes for Delhi too. May be you will encourage or give competition to Rahulji , also.
To Prashanta's comment, I would like to add that let ML also contribute and visit UP for Seminars and also find a away to have this letter reach Akhileshji, sooner than later.
Our thoughts will hopefully lead to action and then happiness and well being as envisaged by Hegdeji.

Prasanta

5 years ago

Does Mr Yadav Jr read Moneylife?

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nagesh kini

In Reply to Prasanta 5 years ago

You can send the letter by mail or post by addressing it to CM of UP.

Indian firms raised $2.7 billion from overseas markets in January: RBI

In January, 73 Indian firms including Power Grid Corp, Adani Power and Videocon Industries raised money from overseas markets.

Indian companies garnered $2.7 billion from overseas markets in January, much lower than $4.46 billion raised in December, according to RBI. They raised over $2.7 billion through external commercial borrowings (ECBs) and foreign currency convertible bonds (FCCBs), showed the Reserve Bank of India data.

In January, 73 Indian firms including Power Grid Corp, Adani Power and Videocon Industries raised money from overseas markets. Five entities mopped up about $1.74 billion through the automatic route - whereby a company can raise as much as $750 million from overseas without prior RBI approval. Meanwhile, under the approval route, five companies raised around $917.69 million through ECBs.

State-owned Power Grid Corp raised $640.50 million in two tranches for its projects, while Videocon Industries garnered $178.5 million for import of capital goods.

Nuclear Power Corp of India raised $250 million for power projects and Adani Ports and SEZ raised $225 million for ports development programme through the automatic route.

Further, Adani Power garnered $150 million for various projects.

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Booked on Kingfisher Airlines flight? Here's is what to do

Kingfisher Airlines is facing troubled times. If you are booked to fly on of the Kingfisher flights, here is how you can avoid the agony at the airport

I’ve started from a clean slate three times over to write this piece and all because of the same reason, a new development with respect to the airline named above. As I write this, Kingfisher Airlines is suspended from the IATA’s International Clearing House (ICH), Billing and Settlement Plan and Cargo Accounts Settlement System. Early February 2012, it was suspended from the IATA’s International Clearing House and it took the airline about a week or more to get reinstated. 

What has happened of late to Kingfisher Airlines?

Let me simplify these operations. The ICH is where airlines settle their bills amongst themselves. So, if Kingfisher Airlines booked you on a trip to the USA using a Kingfisher flight till London and another airline flies you from London to your destination in the USA, Kingfisher Airlines owes money to this airline for the ticket on the other airline. If Kingfisher Airlines does not pay the dues in time, your ticket might be affected by the other carrier who may choose to dishonour your ticket (since it never received a payment for it).

 As a fall-out of the suspension in February, Cathay Pacific discontinued its agreement to sell tickets with Kingfisher Airlines. This meant, you could go to Hong Kong on a Kingfisher Airlines ticket, but not go further to China or another Cathay Pacific destination with the same ticket because Cathay did not want to be at risk of not receiving payments for flying passengers booked by Kingfisher Airlines. 

The Billing and Settlement Plan is used by agents to book tickets on various airlines using IATA approved systems, and then pay for them in one go to IATA, which further pays all airlines individually. Not having its presence on this platform means you can no longer book Kingfisher Airlines tickets using your next door travel agent, unless, they have a direct relationship with Kingfisher Airlines. After this announcement, I called a few travel agents companies and even the ones next door, who have been unable to book Kingfisher Airlines tickets on their ticketing systems.

Also, the repercussions of its frequent cancellations are many and lead to an unpredictable travel schedule for those booked on the airline. Also, in the wake of the recent events internal to Kingfisher Airlines, it further pruned down its schedule to operate about 200 flights daily.

Here, I try and put together a few suggestions for you if you are in a situation where you have to deal with the airline, to make sure you don’t have to go through the agony at the airport.

What to do if you booked to fly with them domestically?

If you are booked on a domestic flight with Kingfisher Airlines, you should head up to its website and see if your booked flight is a part of the new schedule (as of 5 March 2012) Kingfisher Airlines is operating under as of date. You can find the schedule here: http://www.flykingfisher.com/pdf/Flight_schedule_5March2012.pdf

Customers will usually be rebooked on a new flight if their earlier flight was cancelled. Sometimes, these schedules will not suit you. For example, if you were booked to go to Jaipur on a 6am flight and now booked on a 6pm flight instead, I hazard a guess this affects your plans materially. You should hear from the airline on email or SMS, or you can go to this page to check the status of your ticket: http://www.flykingfisher.com/plan-book/manage-booking.aspx.

 If you are experiencing inconvenience with the flight details, you should call the airline and request for an earlier flight, or better still, accommodate you on another carrier which will be able to bring you to your destination in time. Kingfisher might want to still keep you on its own flights, but if you play hardball, you may be able to get it your way. If you cancel and take your refund, you are basically letting Kingfisher get away with the misery it is putting you in since the onus to buy the new ticket to your destination is on you, and ticket prices may have shot up as the travel date comes closer.  

However, if everything goes hunky dory and you are in for a last minute surprise by the airline, the DGCA circular on facilities for cancellation of flights and delay in flights should come to help (http://dgca.nic.in/cars/D3M-M4.pdf). Most of the times, the airline will seek to blame the cancellation on force majeure (events beyond its control), but I don’t see how not being able to fuel their planes or paying their taxes are beyond its control since all this is a part of their day to day activity. While I will not go into all the details of a delayed or cancelled flight for now, if the airline did not inform you up to three hours prior on the delay, they are in the wrong. 

What to do if you booked to fly with them internationally?

If you are booked only to fly to a destination where Kingfisher Airlines takes you, go over the same steps as stated above. However, if you are doing much more flying than just Kingfisher, I’d advise you to book your tickets with Kingfisher Airlines and the rest of the flights separately. If you can help it, leave enough time in the midst for eventualities, because if you miss your connections when booked separately, the other airline will not claim responsibility for you. 

If you can’t segregate your reservations, please call up the other airline and make sure you talk to them before hand to be sure they will accept you on the flight in spite of the fact that your ticket was sold to you along with a Kingfisher Airlines ticket. If possible, take an email confirmation and keep it with you when you fly.

More importantly, if you had a choice, switch to another carrier which is providing more reliable service to your destination at this point of time, till Kingfisher Airlines can fix up its issues and get back on track. 

One final thing, I normally don’t buy trip insurance which seems to be bundled by every travel website or airline website these days. However, under current circumstances, that may be a good idea given the fast changing nature of events with the airline under discussion.  

Safe travels!

AJ writes a travel and aviation focussed blog from India at www.livefromalounge.com. You can follow him at @livefromalounge on Twitter.

 

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Atul

2 years ago

I have yet not got refund of my booked flight 2 tickets for Delhi Bangalore sector which costed close to 11K.
Can anyone help me here.

Regards,
Atul

Atul

2 years ago

I have yet not got refund of my booked flight tickets for Delhi Bangalore sector.
Can anyone help me here.

Regards,
Atul

Jagdeep

5 years ago

Alcohol is the best solvent....
It can even dissolve an airline.....
Cheers!

malq

5 years ago

Just amazing. Evade taxes here, pump money into F1 there.

http://www.scotsman.com/business/mallya-...

Mallya pumps £20m into F1 operation

By PETER RANSCOMBE
Published on Monday 12 March 2012 00:00

THE owner of whisky distiller Whyte & Mackay has pumped a further £20 million into his Formula One team ahead of the start of the motor racing season in Australia next week.

Accounts filed at Companies House for Silverstone-based Force India revealed that Watson, the personal investment vehicle used by Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya, loaned the team nearly £7m. Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines and beer and spirit businesses pumped in a further £13m through sponsorship of the team, which finished in sixth place in the constructors’ championship last season.

Success on the track was matched by a rise in the company’s revenues – up to £48.5m in 2011 from £17m in 2010 following the sponsorship deals – and a narrowing of its losses to £26.7m from £40.3m.

Last month Mallya’s United Spirits outfit said the sale of its 49 per cent stake in Whyte & Mackay was one of several options being considered by the company to tackle its debts.

Ratnajyoti

5 years ago

Even cancelling a KF ticket is not a good idea... They just do not refund the amount.. I cancelled a KF ticket on 11Feb & yet to get a refund... Have mailed to all possible people ( nodal officer, Appelate ) but nil help yet...
BEST WAY IS NOT TO BOOK KINGFISHER TICKET

Urvish

5 years ago

You claim in your article that "If Kingfisher Airlines does not pay the dues in time, your ticket might be affected by the other carrier who may choose to dishonour your ticket (since it never received a payment for it).".....
My take here is that when you booked the tickets, Kingfisher was part of IATA network, the other airline accepted the ticket request.... now that Kingfisher is suspended from the IATA netwrok, i think it is unfair, unethical and maybe illegal on part of IATA and the other airline to claim that they are cancelling the ticket because they did not receive the payment..... Such bans should have prospective effect not retrospective.

Akshay

5 years ago

Thanks for such a detailed and lucid explanation.

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