As the current Indian-Pakistan tension heats up and with an election looming, India’s national airline has told its crew to conclude every in-flight announcement with the patriotic phrase, “Jai Hind” (Hail the motherland).
This does not inspire me to fly Air India. I am sorry I don’t want to hear “God bless America”, or “Aussie Aussie Aussie oi oi oi”, or “Rule Britannia or, “Isten, áldd meg a magyart! (“God bless the Hungarians!”) or “Vive la France”, or “Chi Chi Chi!, Le Le Le! Go Chile!” or any other nationalistic sentiment when I fly. It is uncomfortable for staff and unwelcoming for other nationalities.
Air India needs to stick to its knitting and fix its major problems. Air India owes $US5 billion and has been for sale for almost a year with no bidders.
More globally, I would like India and Pakistan to find a way to stop this tit for tat violence which sees military personnel and citizens bombed, shot at and threatened over nationalistic and religious sloganeering. Let us not forget these two countries have nuclear capability. It is almost the third decade of the 21st Century, humanity should have started to learn that war is not the answer in the face of climate change, poverty and inequality. Lets hear a slogan of “United humanity for the future” or something.