Captain G R Gopinath, who pioneered low-cost air travel in India, has decided to contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls as an Independent in Bangalore.
The former managing director of Air Deccan tells rediff.com's Vicky Nanjappa that it was the terror siege on Mumbai that prompted him to take the plunge into politics.
Why did you decide to enter politics?
It was my frustration and the agony and pain that I went through following the terror attack on Mumbai in November last year, which prompted me to take the plunge. I was staying at the ITC Hotel in Mumbai that night and I watched everything that happened. It was frustrating to watch the events so helplessly.
The communal attacks in Karnataka are yet another reason for me to take the step. I decided that I needed to speak up.
My daughter recently said that she wanted to go for a walk. I thought it was a normal walk in the Cubbon Park. However, I later realised that she was talking about a protest march against the so called moral brigade. That set me thinking.
Text: Vicky Nanjappa | Photograph: KPN Photo
Image: Captain Gopinath.
'I can humbly claim that I can lead the country'