India’s anger of arrest of diplomat by U.S. explodes

It’s now a major story. Earlier this week TMV’s New Delhi-based International Columnist Swaraaj Chauhan reported about India’s anger over the arrest of one of its diplomats in the U.S. The controversy has since exploded and is now a major international story.

GO HERE for an excellent summary and analysis by The Week’s Peter Weber.

Mailonline, one of the world’s most popular websites, now has it as a lead item. GO HERE.

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  1. Follow the money. And watch the politicians.

    With respect to India, for the fiscal year 2014, the State Department request is $91 million. This represents a 16 per cent decrease from the fiscal levels 2012 (the previous actual spending),” said a senior State Department official.

    This is in continuation of the trend that has emerged over the past few years.

    In 2010, the United States aid to India was $126.7 million, which dropped to $121.6 million in 2011 and $108 million in 2012. The proposed aid is $98.3 million in the current fiscal of 2013, which ends on September 30.

    Which Indian politician is going to plead for good American relations when a situation ripe with promise for an Indian Issa is available?

    All that said, it is appalling that U.S. Marshalls do cavity searches on all “intake” personnel and a review of those procedures would seem to be long overdue.

  2. However, the Indian Diplomatic Corps has come to her defense, claiming she is only paid $6,500 a month herself and could not afford to pay a housekeeper the U.S. minimum wage of $4,500 a month.

    From the Dailymail link

    Since when does a housekeeper in the U.S. on minimum wage make $4,500 a month? That does not add up to American minimum wage?

    Diplomatic domestic slavery has been a real issue here in the States, especially Washington D.C.

    Three dollars an hour is a good wage for many in India . It would not be unusual for a housekeeper in India to make less than 3.00 ‘a day’ . The woman was also given free boarding…

    It is layered and complicated at many levels with many cultural clashes…

    The U.S. was 100% wrong in manhandling the diplomat in a situation like this…

  3. It is good that India is in a mood to retaliate, but it is important for us to persist with it long after this is over. Moreover, we should equip ourselves with more laws to target foreign countries that use their domestic laws to blackmail or humiliate us. We should not take such affronts lying down anymore….

    There are times when we have to show we are Indians, and this is one of those times. The only right response to the Khobragade insult is to treat Americans the same way they treat our kind: Catch hold of a technical violator of Indian law, do some handcuffing and “cavity searches” on some of the men arrested, and then bargain about Khobragade.

    LOL! So the Indians feel that Americans are using “technical” violations of our laws to humiliate them!

    Firstly, not only did this diplomat break the law, she knowingly lied and mislead the American government.

    Secondly, I think the only humiliation here was brought on by the diplomat for her illegal actions. We did not use our laws to humiliate or blackmail India.

    Thirdly, the law that was broken is routinely applied against Americans who break it. We didn’t look for some obscure law, which we never enforce, and decide to apply it against this diplomat.

    Also: I disagree with strip searches in general, though I can understand they are done to keep contraband out of jails. This diplomat was well aware of our laws (she went to lengths to cover up her illegal doings) and knew the risk she was taking when she lied to the American government on the Visa application. It’s not as though she was an innocent bystander who didn’t know the law and who didn’t know the risks. On the contrary she knew exactly what she was getting into. I have a whole swamp of crocodile tears for her.

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