On June 14, administrator Praful Patel arrived in Lakshadweep. In the background of a photo clicked shortly afterwards stood the Coast Guard plane, CG 789, he flew over in.
This choice needs to be understood. The Union Territory is connected by air to Kochi. Even at short notice, a two-way flight ticket from Daman to coral-fringed Lakshadweep costs about Rs 30,000. In contrast, Patel’s flight might have cost Lakshadweep as much as Rs 23 lakh.
And therein lies a story.