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Updated: July 3, 2013 03:41 IST

India says ‘no’ to Snowden’s plea

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Supporters hold a picture of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, outside the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong. File photo
Supporters hold a picture of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, outside the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong. File photo

Delhi plays down reports of its being a key target

With no firm guidelines for considering asylum requests, India took the safer political option of staying out of the diplomatic storm swirling out of fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden’s request for political asylum made to several countries.

The Foreign Office here confirmed receiving a communication requesting asylum from Mr. Snowden at its mission in Moscow. “We have carefully examined the request. Following that examination we have concluded that we see no reason to accede to the request,” said an official spokesperson.

Brazil also rejected the request outright while at least six countries reportedly found technical grounds not to entertain his application. Mr. Snowden withdrew his request to Russia which did not want him to criticise the U.S.

The asylum request to the Indian Embassy in Moscow was among a bunch of 21 submitted by WikiLeaks legal advisor Sarah Harisson to the Russian consulate at Moscow’s Sheremeteyo airport where Mr. Snowden is living in the transit zone.

“The documents outline the risks of persecution Mr. Snowden faces in the United States,” said a WikiLeaks statement.

On the day India turned down the application, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid played down reports of India being the fifth largest target for the U.S. snooping programme which was exposed by Mr. Snowden. He virtually reiterated the defence put up by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during his India visit last month.

“This is not scrutiny and access to actual messages. It is only computer analysis of patterns of calls and emails that are being sent. It is not actually snooping specifically on the content of anybody’s message or conversation,” reasoned Mr. Khurshid, who is in Brunei for meetings between Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its dialogue partners including India.

The high-speed Indian response to Mr. Snowden’s request led to wry smiles and comments on Twitter. “India has traditionally provided political refuge to many a figure. Yet its otherwise slow-moving govt rejects Snowden’s plea in record time,” tweeted strategic analyst Brahma Chellaney.

India has traditionally been warm to requests for asylum from people of neighbouring countries. Besides the Dalai Lama, Sri Lankan Tamil leader V. Perumal and slain Afghan President Najibullah’s family, a large number of pro-democracy activists from neighbouring countries are among the 1.8 lakh refugees in the country.

“If the hallmark of Obama presidency will be ‘Yes we scan’, the legacy of the Indian government that spurned Snowden’s plea is ‘Yes we scam’,” Mr. Chellaney continued.

Mr. Khurshid’s comments are a much toned down version of what officials have said and felt about Mr. Snowden’s revelations. Not only were American officials apprised of Indian annoyance, officials had termed the targeting of India as unacceptable.

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we should use this as a stick to beat them as they use anything against us. Why are we being so nice to them?

from:  tarun khanna
Posted on: Jul 4, 2013 at 23:52 IST

though snowden has done a brave work and revealed the hidden program of
NSA but each and every country has their own policy for defence which
may harm even other country too. so far as the interest of india is
concern, we can not invite any diplomatic row with US especially at the
time when indo-US partnership are going to a new horizon and we need US
support for several reason. decision of indian govt is fully justified
and pragmatic.

from:  ravi
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 22:38 IST

Snowden hacked his employer's computers and stole information, and revealed the spying activities of his country. If another country gives him asylum and lets him live in his country, he may do the same thing there and expose the spying activities of that country too. Which country wants to take that risk? Do we want that to happen to India?

from:  G Kumar
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 18:44 IST

What influence Obama and his ministers must have to get our own
External Affairs Minister to speak in their defense! Mahatma Ghandhi
and Nehru would have been ashamed of our government's decision today.
I can only imagine what Snowden must be feeling right now, after all
the risks he took on behalf of the world.

A weaker man would have given up on the world and carried on earning
and living out his personal life. But, in return for his sacrifice all
Snowden has left is a life on the run with no one to stand up for him.
My respect and best wishes to a brave and honorable man!

from:  Jennifer M
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 13:32 IST

As very much expected. It is now hard to believe India has any
diplomatic views. Instead of condemning the U.S act, our ministry
sidelined it to a mere computer study and analysis of call pattern, then
how can we expect India would open her borders for Snowden. Wish I lived
in the 1950s when we had great leaders and diplomats like Nehru who were
fearless and had clear stands.

from:  Sameera
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 11:37 IST

So finally Mr Snowden received a clear no from Indian government...I
know there are political benefits hidden in this decision which I do
condemn. But if we analyse the situation we are not in a condition
right now ....he will be a lot danger here as we our self are in
political crisis ...Support some one only if you can ...otherwise let
others take the chance ..Why troubling some ones life to prove that we
have stand and support him..If India want to support government please
come forward and criticize US act in harsh words...Have a stand
against there policy and their way to do it...To start running you
must first practice to stand and walk !!!!!

from:  Surbhi Bhardawaj
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 11:34 IST

For his own sake, Mr. Snowden should stay away from India. Not that we don't
possess the political might to counter US but we need their cooperation which has
been so critical to meet our diverse interests ranging from Civil Nuclear Cooperation
to Arms Group Membership and from Shale Gas to UNSC seat. India has to keep the
interests of billions in mind rather than go all out to showcase how we can sacrifice
our future for safeguarding Article 19 (freedom of speech).

One would still be inclined to take the plunge, if our own record was even 'half-
decent' in this regard. It is almost impossible for us to put forth the arguments when
our own history doesn't inspire and reveals how we couldn't care less about freedom
of speech by misusing Section 66A of IT Act.

from:  Siddharth Pandit
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 11:26 IST

Few years ago US refused to extradiate Rana(a terrorist). But India cann't give asylum to Snowden

from:  Raghuveer
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 10:26 IST

The term "whistle blower" is wrongly used by media. Media is trying to show Mr Snowden as hero. No doubt that he had done a big mistake againist his country. In these times, a nation's security is not a simple issue. A responsible governmet need to watch everything. It is 100% correct that India rejected his asylum seeking request.

from:  Sathyamoorthy
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 10:18 IST

Finally, India has said no to a person who has some conscience just
because she is scared of a country who is arrogantly snooping into its
own privacy. I would have honored our policy makers if they had a
better back bone.

from:  Ashwin
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 09:56 IST

This shows India has neither diplomacy nor human rights. If it were Gandhiji's India, then Snowden would have been granted asylum. The India we see today is a fragile diplomatic state dancing to the tunes of economic powers like the U.S. with no regard to Gandhian ideals or human rights.

from:  Thomas G
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 09:18 IST

India's independence seems to be only on paper and the government seems
to be a servant of the war mongers of this world. Very sad!

from:  stephan
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 09:11 IST

Now China can pressurize India to deport back Dalai Lama who has been in asylum for decades.

from:  Arun Kumar Mahadevan
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 08:58 IST

There is something profoundly unsettling about seeing a young person
fleeing a vindictive government for having exposed a massive
political conspiracy against the democratic rights of the American
people and the people of the world.
Those who dismiss the revelations of vast state spying operations,
who say people have nothing to fear if they have nothing to hide,
display ignorance and indifference to the question of democratic
rights. To them, the Constitution is superfluous.
The defense of Snowden,It is clear it will not come from any section
of the political establishment.

from:  vjs vel
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 08:56 IST

America "The Land of free and brave" is being questioned by its own
people. America is snooping all across world in the name security it
is stifling the very violating very fundamental principle of
democratic nation, freedom of speech and expression. Snowden issue is
he worked for NSA therefore he must be punished if violated rules of
NSA. On the other hand NSA is violating all laws of the world,
therefore USA in fix sand. India must give him asylum if it believes
in freedom and democracy, to tell the world we are largest democracy
in the world not by number but by heart.

from:  Amudhavanan Arunachalam
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 08:56 IST

How many people who are supporting Snowden here will come out and support a Tamil outfit protesting against Indian army that trains Srilankan soldiers in Tamilnadu? Will the Snowden supporters consider these protestors as conscientious objectors or traitors if they don't salute the Indian flag for this reason? If you answered "No" consider yourself a big hippocrat and do a favor - Save your typing.
from:  Sridhar
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 08:52 IST

Very sensible decision on our part. We are not yet ready for the high table. We are not in a position to play ball with the big boys. Our domestic front doesn't spare us any capacity to take onboard issues like this. Above everything else, realism and pragmatism should be our in our approach to international relations.

from:  Ramachandran
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 08:29 IST

This is sad for snowden but perhaps safer for him, going by the corruption levels in our country.

from:  Karthik Teegalapalli
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 08:09 IST

snowden already said that the snooping was done Even in the G-20 summit,
was that for security purpose...??
its crystal clear that America is playing a Big Brother game over the
world. still we allow them to do so..???
Mr.salman khurshid words, it was really hopless..

from:  jouhar
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 07:22 IST

No doubt India is a independent democratic country but not powerful
enough to have a independent foreign policy. India did give asylum to
Tibet’s Dhalailaama and it created bad relations with China. We can
justify giving asylum to Dhalailamma since Buddhism is from India and
Tibet is a independent country before China annexed Tibet. But giving
asylum to US Snowden will go against US and at present we cannot
afford it. Yes India is not acting independently but the reality is
that India is not powerful enough to pursue an independent foreign

from:  Appan
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 07:15 IST

What Snowden need urgently at the Moscow Airport in not the passport, visa or asylum, but clean underwear!

from:  Davis K. Thanjan
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 07:13 IST

Shame that our government crawls before the superpower unabashedly. Snowden is a courageous hero and we are failing our proclaimed democratic values in turning him down.

from:  PVS Giridhar
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 07:09 IST

We should have taken some direct apology from president of US or some senior person before announcing this. It is afterall a game amongst governments and we should have taken some mileage our of it.

from:  Raghu
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 06:02 IST

Why is this even a news? USA has curtailed freedom of speach and carried on the espionage activities since ever. INC has not shown any patriotic leadership since Rajiv Gandhi.

from:  Amit
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 06:00 IST

First of all we need to understand that freedom is not free. when terrorists abuse the freedom that is given to me and use it to destroy the freedom and lives of innocent citizens of a country that country has the right to protect its citizens by using all the means available including curbing the freedom that is given free. the very same guys who cry hoarse about this violation basic rights are the same guys who will excoriate the government when its own citizens are the target of the senseless violence of terrorists. what the Obama adminstration did is perfectly justified and right. these whistle blowers are cheap publicity seekers and idiotic and immature imbeciles who miss the woods for the trees. i have alwasy felt India lacked courage and common sense as witness their stupid stance on the issue of Palestianians and Isreal but not in this case. The government of India deserves our praise for taking the right decision on this guy.

from:  chris theodore
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 05:07 IST

Let us create an online petition to plead the Indian Supreme Court to take up the case of Edward J. Snowden's application for asylum and let the honorable judges rule that he is entitled to asylum and cannot be extradited for the rest of his life. We are a generous nation and there are a number of people who can argue the case before the Supreme Court on a no-pay basis for this worthy cause. The Supreme Court of India is the only bastion of democracy in this corrupt country. Let me remind everyone that the Preamble to the Constitution says:
"JUSTICE, social, economic and political;
LIBERTY, of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;
EQUALITY of status and of opportunity;"
Is there a more worthy cause than protecting and sheltering the whistle-blower who is abandoned by the rest of the world (et tu Putin!) for crass commercial reasons.

from:  Akshay Anurag
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 03:46 IST

I am really shocked to see several of the comments that Snowden should
be given asylum in India. Why should he be? He is supposed to protect
the interest of his country USA, instead of it, he steals data. Why
should India is harboring a traitor like him.

India has done the right thing by denying him asylum.

from:  Parameshwar
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 03:46 IST

Don't make this about the fairness of the White House's decision.
Since Mr Snowden didn't stop t domestic snooping but went on to
international snooping, study the issue in that light.
As an international affair the USA has not so far been a big friend of
However of late, China's behavior with Vietnam, Japan and the
Philippines over territorial disputes has been extremely worrying.
They have been better friends to Sri Lanka and Pakistan than they have
been to us. As was claimed in an unrelated report in the Hindu, India
does not yet have either the financial or the military resources to
confront China outright.
And the recent bilateral talks with the USA seem to have emanated
signals of development in our relationship with the Americans.
In light of all these developments it is better for India's and
Indians' interests that Mr Snowden is blocked from asylum here.
The principled path has many thorns. It's best if India doesn't tread
that path.

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 02:58 IST

Aadhar ID project of Congress Government based on Microsoft Windows will compromise the security of millions of Indian nationals. Aadhar will jeopardise the national interests of India in favor of US companies.

from:  Shyam
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 02:16 IST

What more could be expected..? Indian politicians are scared of its consequences with US. Our leaders have never let one speak freely so how can they do this to an outsiders..??

from:  Shashwat
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 01:55 IST

Now its time for our country to show some steel. India is going through the rage of dollor vs rupee. This might be a reason of india declining asylum to snowden. India is the country who wants to maintain diplomatic relations with all countries, always been in middle of something.

from:  Inderjeet S
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 01:45 IST

Unfortunately Indian govt is spineless and has rejected this request.
For centuries India was the refugee for the oppressed, and we have
openly welcomed people persecuted elsewhere.

from:  Raj
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 00:38 IST

I fully second what S Prakash has stated as below..
Objectively speaking (a) NSA is a spying agency - this isnt an unknown. They spy for security reasons. (b) What will USA do with the worthless info I have on FB, twitter, etc. which I put up willingly for everyone to see. The only guys worried about this should be Al-Queda-like operatives. (c) Snowden violated non disclosure agreements and disclosed classified info for everyone to see which is a criminal action. What's heroic about this? If his motive is altruistic and strongly believes what he did is right, why doesnt he go to US and face the music legally? If he did that then it could be considered heroic, this guy is just an attention grabber, a coward. (d) What's Freedom of Speech got to do with this? He's allowed to say whatever he wants, that's still allowed and guaranteed by the First Amendment to the US constitution. He can't disclose confidential information belonging to NSA (or anyone else) that's called stealing.

from:  Gita
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 00:18 IST

RAW agent Rabinder Singh who allegedly defected to US and was allegedly a CIA mole comes to mind.

from:  snehal
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 00:14 IST

There is nothing honourable about what Snowden has done. He betrayed
his own country. If he wanted to expose his govt, he should have done
it from within. This is not to defend US spying on its friends but
this is about the dishonourable character in Snowden and how he does
not deserve to be given asylum in India.

Those that advocate asylum for Snowden should pause and think. If an
Indian citizen were to do the same thing to India - that is, expose
Indian secrets to foreign States - would they approve of him being
patronised and given asylum in a foreign land?

from:  Raghavan
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 23:13 IST

Snowden is a misinformed youth who has been watching too much of
Hollywood films. The reality is, to go against a democratic
government, and that too of one's own country, is sure to put one into
a lot of trouble. Being trapped in the transit lounge is just one of
them. Of course heroism is cool, but barring some powerless looser's,
no one will come to your rescue.Good for people who have no family to
take care of, and lot of time to kill. He will go down the history
most probably as a traitor.

from:  Padmakumar Rao
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 23:07 IST

As expected...after all its all about guts one country may have (Russia)
while other may not have (India). However, Edward Snowden seems like a
real life Jason Bourne.

from:  Sumit Singh
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 22:49 IST

Indian Government could perhaps offer asylum within the country but in the US Embassy or US Consulate premises!

from:  Raghavan R
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 22:37 IST

so i was expecting same reply from india.I think i can certainly become a good future predictor for india.Just joking.
Well this can be expected if we go by what happened to the police officer who got killed by naxalites.If the protector of this nation are not safe within their region then one wonders how can our govt. save snowden from the superpower USA.
And indeed we also lack in courage to defy USA.
Sorry Snowden our govt. is not capable enough to grant asylum to you.

from:  varun joshi
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 22:17 IST

It's Uncle Sam not India which has turned down the plea... Freedom of speech is just a paradox

from:  Mayank
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 21:31 IST

Asylum is different from Right to Privacy. To seek Asylum, he should
inside India having escaped from political persecution. If he is
fighting for Right to Privacy, stay in the same nation and publish the
documents and face the rule of law. Like how Gandhi did. Or Martin
Luther King Jr. did.
Or even for that matter like Aung Suu Kyi, a woman, did in Myanmar.
He is accused as Criminal. His own country has remedy, right to a
fair Trial. In fact, its the best in the world. Where else, he will
get a fair Trial.

from:  Murthy USA
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 21:26 IST

India should act in its national interest and it did so by denying
Snowden's asylum request. He is a criminal spy as far as the US is
concerned and Indians should be very careful before jumping up and
down over justice, teach the US a lesson etc rhetoric. India, given
its precarious financial and security situation, needs all the help
from its partner countries and the US is top of that list (that is the
reality no matter however much some in India likes to think
otherwise). Most of India's export earnings and its IT industry is
heavily dependent on the US. Without the US around to balance, China
would have captured Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh by now. I think those
denouncing GOI decision needs to grow up.

from:  Suvojit Dutta
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 21:21 IST

Why would world's largest democracy want someone who exposed world's second largest democracy for what it is?

from:  Tipu Qaimkhani
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 21:11 IST

Its joke asking India for asylum. Before asking for help, one should
check whether it is worth asking. People were dying for 3 to 4 days in
the recent floods, Indian government taken no action.

How can they help a foreign national ?

May be I am wrong, our leaders from BJP, TDP and Congress will take
special flight to Russia to pick him. Guy don't fight in Russia to
board Snowden in your flights.

from:  Surendranath Kumar
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 20:51 IST

I believe various comments online on the rejection of the amnesty request misses the point entirely of current Geo-politics and what serves as national interest. I cannot imagine an NDA / BJP government acceding to this request. Why is the UPA government pilloried for getting this one correct across online comments? How come even countries like China and Cuba (!) have rejected asylum requests? It is quite easy to be nostalgic and propose that we standup for freedom being the largest democracy amongst other things. However, this asylum request decision is entire based on self-interest and not on any lofty principles by each of the governments.

from:  Rangarajan
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 20:46 IST

I think ,Prakash S do not understand what US is doing. What will us do with worthless info in fb tweeter ?You don't know anything.India is showing helplessness by immediately denying asylum.such a shame.

from:  Premo
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 20:45 IST

India misses an oppurtunity..

from:  Thennarasu
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 20:41 IST

I feel that Indian foreign policy is tuned not to grant political asylum to any such activists. It does not depend on who is at the helm. Even other wise it is not in his own interest to try to rest in countries like India . Look at our way of dealing Salman Rushdie , Taslima Nazreen and the like.

from:  Chinta Sastry
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 20:18 IST

The list of countries to which Wikileaks has sent the asylum request, (that too to India which is currently closening it's ties with USA) might expose the countires even though each of them project they stand for respecting other nations' sovereignity, security, etc. will fo in reality. Indian leadership is pathetic and don't know what they are going for their own citizens. What will they decide for matters of foreign relations?

from:  Ghajabiram Sriramulu
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 20:12 IST

OBAMA confirms that "He (Snowden) enjoys the rights and
responsibilities of any US citizen, including the right to a free and
fair trial under our Constitution," he said, adding that "He has a
country to return to, which is the United States of America". If That
is the case Why The Obama administration has warned countries not to
give asylum to Snowden arguing that he is wanted in the US on charges
of espionage and leaking classified information. If He really enjoys
the rights of US citizen, why he should not seek ASYLUM in other
countries for having leaked information. We agree that fair trail is
possible in US, but still the fear of facing punishment enriched in
Snowden Many countries, give ASYLUM to many including Terrorists, but
they are not accepting the request of Snowen, He brought information
of Spying of US. Spying of US is very important in the interest of
eradication of Terrorism in the world, every one has to accept and
support US action, but Snowen must be assured his rights back and
excused in this case and must be assured him free life as usual in US
much before he arrives back to US.

from:  Suresh D.R
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 20:08 IST

The Indian Government sees no reason to accede to the request. Well,
then they should stop this farce of being upset with the US of N.S.A's
spying activities. Honestly, the Government of India does not have the
guts to go against the US.

from:  Amar Kumar Modi
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 19:51 IST

Network such as PRISM was suspected to be present in US from a long time ago. Mr.Snowden has only exposed the evidence for existence of such a network and how it uses its network to spy on its own citizens.Moreover how can US explain tapping the embassies of its friendly nations, without the need for ulterior motives.

from:  Kishore Rajagopal
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 19:47 IST

Mr. Obama is creating contradiction here.on one hand he is curtailing the right to privacy of citizens of US and on the other hand he is talking about giving right to have a fair trial to mr. snowden !!!

from:  Prashant
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 19:45 IST

snowden will prove the asset if asylum is given to him in case of improvement of security of nationals, but it will create governments problem further deeper fullfilling needs of our people widout businessing with US,it is balanced decision taken by govt.

from:  suraj
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 19:33 IST

High time everyone realized we can go only so far as not playing Cricket
with those who work against our interests! Stop smothering India, jeez!

from:  Shankar
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 19:29 IST

Had India had statesmen of the stature of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the country
would have offered Mr Snowden asylum. Pandit Nehru did not flinch from
welcoming the Dalai Lama and many thousand persecuted Tibetan refugees,
knowing very well that it would incur the wrath of the Chinese government.
Unfortunately, what the country lacks today is statesmen and leaders with a vision
and the stature to command an audience for that vision. Such leaders are not to
be found in any political party today - UPA or BJP. Gone indeed are the days when
India made its voice heard in the Non-Aligned movement, the campaigns against
apartheid and the right of Bangladesh to name a few examples. Instead, what we
are left with is the pathetic sight of politicians who conduct warfare on Twitter
rather than organise relief for Uttarakhand or for that matter work to bolster the
country's humanitarian credentials.

Mr Snowden should be granted asylum in India.

from:  Quixote Gigglesworth
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 19:29 IST

It should not come as a surprise to anyone that governments, including those of Russia (KGB / FBS), UK (M5), India (RAW), Pakistan (ISI), and of course the USA are engaged in spying on a global basis. They proudly maintain massive intelligence organizations critical to protect their diverse interests. Revealing that country X spies on country Y is pointless because it would be naïve to expect that such an activity does not exist in the 21st century. Each country thus hast to take the necessary countermeasures – more spying – to protect its interests. When a spy occasionally turns hostile or becomes a double agent it is customary for the “victim” to “summon the ambassador” and make noises. The leaks are plugged, the leakers reassigned and then – it’s back to business. At some point in the mot too distant future Mr. Snowden can expect to find himself on a plane bound for the US. Mr. Obama on his part has provided the standard response (yawn).

from:  Mukundagiri Sadagopan
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 19:18 IST

Reports of Russia's willingness to give asylum to Mr Snowden, subject to his not
revealing any secrets harmful to US from its soil, is a "fast one" mocking at
Washington pulled by Mr Putin. Seriously, Mr Snowden would be safest only in
Russia or China. Elsewhere, US would repeat what it did at Abbottabad in Pakistan
to get him. But, US would for ever remain untrustworthy both for its friends and
foes. Those who criticize and call Mr Snowden a coward for seeking asylum,
instead of bravely facing the US authorities (like what Mahatma Gandhi, Martin
Luther King and Nelson Mandela did) must ponder what they would have done,if
they were in Mr Snowden's shoes. More importantly, what do they think of his
(Snowden's) colleagues for not only remaining silent, but also in aiding and
abetting snooping by US in their private lives as well ? Are they coward or brave ?

from:  KS Raghunathan
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 18:53 IST

Snowden has shown great courage and sacrifice for the sake of freedom
and independence of paople without his own interest.For the same reason
Gandhi and Martin Luther King were worshipped.That's the politics.But
one fact always survives that "People" and "People only are above
politics.I am sure "People"are on the side of Snowden.He does not fight
for win or defeat.He fights for justice and I am sure ultimately he
will find only in America.his own country with history of people's
strength.Obama is the one example who desapite many odds won the
election not once but twice.

from:  Ashok
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 18:52 IST

Shame for us Indians!!!India always will remain as a braggart shouting
"did this, did that" in the past but in the present it remains one of
the most boneless nations!!!Our Government is too terrified by US to do
anything against its will!What a shame!!!

from:  ravi shankar
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 18:50 IST

India, even though was a target of spying by the program exposed by
Snowden, decided not even to make a statement (forget angry statement)
demanding more information about the program and why/how Indian
officials were spied on. Probably from the fear of the saying "people
who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones", I am sure we are being
spied on more openly by our government than the Americans are, albeit
with less capable technology.

from:  Thajeer
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 18:44 IST

Its good move by India. India should first see its national interest. For India US is imporatant on Afganistan issue, terriorism, Chainese threat, FDI and many more. Not affordable to sulk with US.

from:  Siddhesh
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 18:42 IST

First, the sentences "Freedom of speech" and "Right to Privacy"
themselves becoming vague as we embrace more and more technology
and becoming global. The days are not far when these two rights
will start opposing each other.
Conventional threats like terrorism are no more in exclusion with
the non-conventional security challenges like cyber attack.
Terrorists organisations are fully utilizing and exploiting the
connectivity brought by the IT revolution. In such a scenario,
protecting 100% privacy without compromising the security of the
nation has almost become impossible.

What the arguments US security agencies are putting forward to
defend their internet surveillance program named 'PRISM' are
worth to be considered. However,it would have been less
controversial had they taken into confidence the security
agencies of other nations like India before filtering the
confidential data. What the Snowden has may be termed a brave man job but it run
against to the security of a nation.

from:  KeshariGovind
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 18:04 IST

What else one can expect from a country who boast of being a champion of individual rights and democracy.
It is crystal clear that, ideologies and principles have no place modern era of globalization. It is MARKET ECONOMY that emerged as the most sought after talisman by the countries all over the world.

from:  Shailendra Agri
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 18:01 IST

The only mistake is the FORMAL REQUEST, Mr. Snowden. You should just sneak into our Country. Laws! What laws? We don't 've 'em here. We are a haven for Refugees. Look, Dalai Lama and his team of good, bad and ugly are all here. We don't say he shouldn't be here. We're open to all the people in the World. Provided you know where to hide in India. Forget about protection, it is worse here like elsewhere in the world. You just come and hide somewhere among the billion plus sweet, kind-hearted people. Next time, don't write formally because it will embarrass us with our poor reason and clogged intellect coz we're busy with our other dealings you see! Hearty welcome Sir.

from:  ki venky
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 17:53 IST

Benjamin Franklin - "Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one."

What am surprised at, is the unprecedented speed with which the Indian embassy in Moscow has responded to this request.

I find the response pathetic. To expect better performance from the Indian embassy would be like expecting our Hockey team to win world cup.

I read another hilarious comment earlier here which referred to India being unable to protect its own Citizens, how could it protect another. Well, that's true.

We are such a passive country. It is good in some ways, and it would have been better to take a few days more to respond like usual. And perhaps, come up with a respectable argument! Look at those Ecuadorean & Russian Diplomats. Mere Desh ke bhaiyon, seekoh...

The reason for request was a joke, Mr. Syed. It indeed was stupid of them or us to think they meant the request. Just to show the World if courageous Democratic values really existed! Jai hind.

from:  ki venky
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 17:47 IST

I feel ashamed that I know with certainty that my country would not give asylum to Mr Snowden. When did our foreign policy become appeasing others? Maybe diplomacy involves conceding and compromises but we must draw a line somewhere! Ecuador has more guts than India ever had in its long history.

from:  T.Nethra
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 17:44 IST

Sad state of affairs that the worlds largest democracy is siding with the fact that intercepting private communications is a good thing. Indian citizens have a right to be concerned, the current government is proposing to implement a similar system here as well. We Indians should not condone this act.

from:  WinstonC
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 17:41 IST

India has never been known for courage, backbone or independent thought. We will grovel and demonstrate or colonial mentality in dealing with anyone and everyone, especially if they are white-skinned.

from:  raman
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 17:37 IST

I feel Assange jumped the gun earlier and declared to the whole world that Snowden is on his way to Ecuador along with wiki leak officer Sarah...That caused US to warn all prospective asylum granting countries which MADE Snowden to be holed up in Russian Airport.

Little discretion on the part of Assange - that only after Snowden reached his final destination will he declare the whole world, would have made things easier for Snowden to settle down in either Ecuador (or) Iceland.

Now, he is seeking asylum in China, India - former not trust worthy, later cannot stand up to US

from:  Suresh
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 17:24 IST

I find it very hard to believe that Ed Snowden is holed up at an airport, but instead believe he is already residing at an Embassy of Equador in Moscow.
Comments made by him, and lies made by the President of Equador and sly comments made by Russian President Putin about him not being on Russian territory.
As everyone knows, embassys are not considered their territories.
The world thinks of the USA as being a young, immature country?
How mature is it for these two to think Lying, aiding a fugitive to be mature? In the case of Assange, I guess it is OK for you to sexually assault? Where are your declining morals now?

from:  Marie Kruzel
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 17:07 IST

The political will is so low in India's case; our own embassy is wired and spied regularly.
Our PM / MEA does not not enough courage to express our protest to the Americans, who are not at all cooperating in counter-terrorism case pertaining to India. Had they warned us in time, the Mumbai attach would heve been averted. Also, they deny us the access to the perpetrators.
Still our politicians are stooping down in front of them.
Its great shame!!

from:  Prabhakaran K
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 17:06 IST

The loss of India's political sovereignty is now completely open for anyone to see. Turning down the request of a whistleblower for asylum is a shame.

India has a long history of providing asylum, including to Dalai Lama. Going back in history, the Jews and the Parsis were made welcome in India as they were getting persecuted in their own countries. The land of Mahatma Gandhi and Nehru has now become an imperial sidekick !

from:  Kiran
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 17:05 IST

If India gives aslyum to Snowden, he's gonna get mad seeing the
corruption and he may flee back to US.

from:  vinnie
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 16:59 IST

As if India has freedom of Speech to support Snowden. Impossible. Snowden would not have know abt India and its political fraternity. If only he had known, he would also fight for Indian people.

from:  Anand
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 16:53 IST

Though it is right that Snowden risked his life to expose United States. However in current scenario, I found that the decision to turn down asylum request is great. Some of reasons for it are -

1. Once in 1959 India granted asylum to Dalai Lama, and till today indians are facing the agony of 1962 defeat.
2. The macroeconomic situation in india is gloomy, only dollar investment from United states can save us from this. Any type of embargo or sanction will adversely impact us.
3. We need support from united states to counter China's increasing influence in south asian region.

I must pragmatically state that India is in dire need of support from U.S, be it economically or strategically.

from:  Niket Dixit
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 16:50 IST

The irony is that India rejected his asylum even after he exposed that
Indian Embassy phones are also tapped and mails are seen. Now our
bureaucrats better send mails CCing NSA.

from:  sunny
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 16:46 IST

There is no room for whistle-blowers in Corporatocracy.

from:  sreekanth
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 16:45 IST

That comes with no surprise...Indian government could not do anything to get hands on some of the most wanted and dreaded terrorists and gang lord from the neighbor, so forget about giving asylum to a fugitive of US even though he stands damn correct in the eyes of humanity.

from:  vikas
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 16:40 IST

Pragmatic decision taken by India, as it fails to protect Human rights
of its own citizen.Apart from that , any one for mere bucks of 2k would
have executed snowden at ease.

from:  WASIKAR
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 16:34 IST

i don't understand why his demands are being made public. given that Obama is trying to apply pressure on all countries, shouldn't Snowden's asylum requests have been kept a secret?
I feel sorry that he has requested asylum from India. The govt here cannot protect its own citizens.

from:  varunr
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 16:29 IST

Why we should not give asylum to Snowden:
1. China is fast coming up as next super power endangering our own security.
2. China is not serious to solve boarder issue and care less about our objections to border encroachments.
3. Pakistan has not stopped exporting terrorists and out to undermine our position in Afghanistan once US forces withdraws.
4. Economically we are not sound and need oversees partner countries to grow.USA is No.1 in our list of partner country(export, technology, outsourcing and others).
5. India is also competing with China in many fields, and also coming up as a world power.
6. China and Pakistan, jointly biggest and real threat to India's security.

We need improved relation with American to meet our goal, and minimize China and Pakistan nexus.

from:  Subodh Maheshwari
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 15:14 IST

I beleive he did a typograhical error for typing Iran instead India

Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 15:06 IST

It requires courage and firm hand to go against US and grant asylum to Snowden. And India, with weak leaders at the centre lacking in aggressiveness, can not take such a bold decision. It's time for all countries, being spied on or not, to take a stand against US' espionage and dominating attitude.

from:  Vikas Kumar
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 15:04 IST

After looking at some of the young-blood comments over here, l couldn't be more
relieved assuming that the decision makers are well informed where the larger Indian
interests lie.

from:  Mrityunjaya
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 14:55 IST

Even if Ghandhi is alive, our current Indian polititions will not give asylum for Him.

from:  Nagaraj
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 14:50 IST

That overwhelming majority of the world population considers Edward Snowden a hero, yet no country barring perhaps one or two will have the moral and will to come forward says a lot about the current state of the world and it's 'democracies', which basically is a sham to protect the status quo and maintain the flow of wealth to the top few while exploiting the rest. Snowdens leaks have already exposed the contempt that powers that be show to the ordinary citizens of the world by tracking our every move and his application will do it's bit in exposing the shameful corrupt and timid mentality of the governments of all these country - including ours. It's a matter of great shame for all of us to just watch all these happenings in silence and do nothing.

from:  Manish
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 14:30 IST

Surely, I should not be the only one thinking like this. Objectively speaking (a) NSA is a spying agency - this isnt an unknown. They spy for security reasons. (b) What will USA do with the worthless info I have on FB, twitter, etc. which I put up willingly for everyone to see. The only guys worried about this should be Al-Queda-like operatives. (c) Snowden violated non disclosure agreements and disclosed classified info for everyone to see which is a criminal action. What's heroic about this? If his motive is altruistic and strongly believes what he did is right, why doesnt he go to US and face the music legally? If he did that then it could be considered heroic, this guy is just an attention grabber, a coward. (d) What's Freedom of Speech got to do with this? He's allowed to say whatever he wants, that's still allowed and guaranteed by the First Amendment to the US constitution. He can't disclose confidential information belonging to NSA (or anyone else) that's called stealing.

from:  Prakash S
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 14:24 IST

I don't think India will go ahead to take this perilous challenge and will go against US. How India will ensure the safety of Edward Snowden where desi whilst bowlers are not safe? We have a number of examples where government failed to provide safety to whilst bowlers.

from:  Abhi
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 14:22 IST

India giving asylum to Snowden will cause America to sit up and take notice. It will send a strong message to America that we won't dance on anyone's tunes

from:  Nagaraja V
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 14:10 IST

I think India should grant him asylum. Its a golden chance for India to show that they do not agree with such anti-human policies to the world and I believe that is what India should stand for. Even Ecuador had the guts to say that.
But I wonder whether our government will have that much stamina and the courage to make the action and remark made by Putin.

from:  Maya
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 13:58 IST

How can India, which is almost a Banana Republic ever give asylum to an
American whistle-blower -- this country is virtually run by
corporates(controlling Government and Media) who have business
interests in countries like USA, so morals and principles will be
laughed at or ignored at best.

from:  Yashwanth P
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 13:55 IST

It is ironical that a citizen of a country, which boast itself of being democratic, equal rights, freedom of expression etc, is made to run to country to country to escape from its own government.
While the rest of the world, cry and clamour for his freedom and the communist forces seizing the opportunity to rub Obama administration, the people in the USA remain unfazed about it and even major news channels like CNN describe him as a fugitive and does not have the courage to support him openly. When the fear of death is there in the heart and mind of a person, how can he return to his homeland unless someone there stands up and assure cover for him.

Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 13:49 IST

India has latched its trade with US. So its surprising how Snowden trusted we will welcome him.
Also, Did we give a thought how US has used the stolen information? It is used to threaten powerful people and governments all over the world. Our politicians are no exception.

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 13:38 IST

Suppose, if Mr Snowden is accorded a red carpet welcome in India, what would happen:-
1) U.S.A will become a sworn enemy and will impose all such sanctions monetry and technological which may hinder the growth of our country in the long run.
2) Whatever parleys and peaceful relations we have made with USA all these 60 odd years of our independence would be surely destroyed.
3) India's dream of a permanent seat in the security council would remain a dream.
4) The indian public , instead of valiantly supporting this decision would indulge in a civil war of sorts with the government.fueled by a hostile media, which take vicarious pleasure in rabblerousing the passions unethically.
5) And a nation which is already stuck up knee deep in widespread corruption, chaos, chardham, and warring illogical (twittering) political parties, taking a stand on the asylum grant to a remote person like Snowden would be the end list of their priorities.

So, India, be away from such decisions.

from:  Rishi Grover
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 13:23 IST

Let's grant him an asylum and point to Warren Anderson. US cannot pressurize us simply because they are hoarding Anderson from extradition to India where he's wanted.

from:  Govar
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 13:20 IST

India should come to the rescue of Snowden. But does India have courage?

from:  Shailendra Boora
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 13:16 IST

Indian government cannot be trusted on this one.Seriously all Indian
Government wants is to please its American counterpart.

from:  Gopi A
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 12:56 IST

If Nehru was alive, I'm sure he would have helped protect Snowden.

Go India! Stand up to the wicked bully.

from:  Shriram
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 12:54 IST

Indian politicans or government don't have interest in whistle blowers.
Their interests is limited to elections,corruption and nepotism. We
usually don't have any concrete stand on international issue when US is
involved. WOur protest is just like whisper only. Snowden made a wrong

from:  Jayakrishnan .S
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 12:50 IST

Even though the Indian have the heart and courage to help Snowden, I
dont think Indian government (especially this government) have the
courage to do anything like that in this matter. Though in the past,
they did went against USA wish in case of IRAN pipeline and didn't care
about the ban much.

from:  naveen
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 12:45 IST

Its a shame that no country in this world is courageous enough to come forward to grant asylum to him. I think Snowden would not have expected such a blunt treatment of him by other countries. It is very clear, under universal moral/ethical/human law (as it has evolved and universally accepted by human kind) it is US who has committed the crime and should be punished, not Snowden. Its really nasty US went on to spy embassies and even top diplomats who gathered together as guests in some country. Can really understand what is their aim? And this guy Bush is saying that Snowden has broken down US security system. This guy is shameless to not even realize the fact that he is talking about his security while putting security of everyone else in this world at risk. Anyway, not much use in talking about a selfish country which destroyed other countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran for its own good. Wonder if there was any time in this world where punishment was given independent of power.

from:  labki
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 12:28 IST

I think incumbent govt. will provide shelter to Mr. Snowden if
someone tells them that they will get netizens support in next
election if they do so, otherwise whats for the government in the

from:  amit
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 12:20 IST

I pity Indian govt. which neither can force US govt. to enquire David
Headley on Mumbai bombings issue nor it can provide shelter to Snowden.
US should be pressurized from every possible dimension on this issue and
this is possible only when leading nations in world take a firm stand
against it.

from:  Nikhil
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 12:20 IST

Mahatma Gandhi had once said that a wrong thing done to expose something
wrong was right. Edward Snowden had just done that. He is innocent in the eyes of
the vast majority of Americans. People around the world admire Snowden for his
conviction and risking his life in exposing US and its double standards in faulting
China for hacking. Particularly noteworthy is the angry reaction of EU against US
only after learning it was also being spied upon, though until then it looked the
other way. Before other countries come forward, India should quickly grant asylum
to Snowden and enhance its image internationally. President Obama could do one
step better by pardoning Snowden unconditionally and apologize to the American
citizens in particular for snooping. Indian leaders, in particular, beelining to the
White House at every possible opportunity should henceforth be cautious that their
host knows far more about them than what they know of themselves.

from:  KS Raghunathan
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 12:18 IST

This situation is a real challenge for the government of India. Will government rise to the occasion and grant asylum to Snowden on the merit of the situation, or decide not to antagonize the US and incur its wrath variously?

from:  Murtuza
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 12:06 IST

What our lawmakers were praying should not happen has happened.
Snowden has asked India for asylum. It would be fun to watch our
leaders facing the press.The following are some of the likely replies:
1 We have not received the actual request. We'll consider on merits
when we receive it.
2. India has always upheld the human rights. This case is under
3. U.S. is our friendly nation. But we are also for human rights and
freedom of speech. A decision will be taken at the appropriate time
keeping all issues in mind.

Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 12:00 IST

India had not provided asylum to julian assange,when he asked for it.
The same will happen here in this case.
I have always believed US as a reptile.A country that supports India on
anti-terrorism but also provide several military and financial aids to
our neighbour.

from:  deepak
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 11:59 IST

Being pragmatic I don't feel that if US is spying on other countries then It could harm us in any way. Instead if US had kept an eye on our corrupt Politicians and Bureaucrats for their involvement in anti-Indian activities and revealed atleast us Indians than we would have been really pleased. I don't think that US would be spying on you and me every time that am I in bathroom or sleeping. About Snowden He should not be given asylum in India as he has really broken the code of conduct of US employee. How abt if A. Raja or Suresh Kalmadi went to US after looting a huge amount??

from:  Dr. Avinash Kumar
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 11:55 IST

Young people of India will welcome Mr. Snowden to stay in our country in appreciation of his heroic decision to expose the spying activities of the USA. But some groups of Indian political class may not want him here .It is also very impracticable idea for him to seek asylum in India without knowing the fact that the country is today ruled by the Bourgeoisies that can only play the role of capitalist agents to the USA and other imperialist countries; especially the Congress -headed Government will never do such a bold and good thing like Ecuador did in the case of Julian Assange in giving asylum to him. It is better for Mr. Snowden to pin his hopes on other countries.

from:  A.Kannan
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 11:54 IST

If I had to bet, I would put my money on India granting asylum to Snowden.

from:  Tipu Qaimkhani
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 11:49 IST

it is better time for INDIA ,RUSSIA AND CHINE to slug the hegemony of US
and to take a step for multi-polar world.US is surrounded by
denouncement of the entire world community as well as his closed
friend.If we take step for Snowden's asylum ,US can't take action
against us because his opposition strength in much more than US.

Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 11:48 IST

Asylum or not , the Government of India should revisit the idea of
putting to death the humble Telegram as planned by the Postal
Department. The good old communication mode might serve purpose in
protecting the sanctity of domestic secrecy vis a vis the net and mails
dominated by Uncle Sam. Suggest that The Hindu takes the lead.

from:  Sunil Nair
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 11:47 IST

Asked to bend ready to crawl India

It will be interesting to see how many of the 19 countries will accede to Mr. Snowden's request- the least of India, as every Indian would vouch since we are ever willing to crawl when asked to bend- to the utmost satisfaction of the BIG BOSS. Despite all procrastination, the satisfied Super Cop will still be unwilling for Headley's extradition. What else can you expect from a banana republic?

Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 11:47 IST

Thanks to Snowden we now know how US has managed to retain its supremacy by spying on countries spanning continents. Even India has been spied upon, but then the present UPA has neither any clue nor any will to flag such malicious acts of espionage.. All the present governement can do is to blindly signoff American policies to make us poor by the day. And India will be the last country to give him the asylum. Funny that Bharat (India) was known to give shelter to all including Jews once upon a time.

from:  Hari Radhakrishnan Kurup
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 11:40 IST

Well, it'd be great if India could provide asylum to someone who has
risked his life to enlighten the world about American espionage
activities (which also includes the Indian embassies).
Also, the US didn't help us extradite Warren Anderson the ex-Union
Carbide's time we showed some guts!

from:  Johny Daniel
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 11:40 IST

He won't survive here more than 15 mins. CIA-hired assassins will finish him off in no time! In a hugely corrupt country like India, he has no chance of pulling it off!!

from:  Mittal
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 11:25 IST

Snowden is hot potato ...., pass it on. It might appear that the United
States stand together all alone against Snowden. That's precisely what
the self-styled sole supercop probably wants. But let US-worshipping
Indians beware that the Anglo-American Empire's mischiefmongers ( CIA,
Mossad, M16 ) exist only to snoop over others and not to destroy

from:  Rajan Mahadevan
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 11:11 IST

India would raise its stature even in the eyes of the American public
if it were to grant Edward Snowden asylum. Several opinion polls have
shown that between 67 and 70% of the American population supports what
he did in releasing the details of the heavily intrusive and possibly
illegal surveillance of a majority of American citizens in addition to
spying on nominal US allies. The EU - as strong a military and trade
ally of the USA as can be - is threatening to end trade talks because
of this. And, India has been a victim with the Indian Embassy in DC
being spied upon, while India was the fifth largest target of
surveillance as a nation.

There is also increasing evidence in the US media that the fascination
with Barack Obama that bordered upon sycophancy, is now fading with
journalists being threatened and intimidated by the government. It is
a question of time before a US leader decides to pardon Snowden. Until
then, India could take a principled stand and accept the asylum

from:  Mehul Kamdar
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 11:05 IST

Only Russia can save him now as India is not capable of handling U.S.
pressure !

from:  ambar s
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 10:56 IST

India must support him to show India's support for Human Rights....

from:  Uvaise Ahmed
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 10:53 IST

May be the United States of America is regarded as the world power but when people like Julian Assange or Edward Snowden got into the system and started to reveal the "truth" to the world, all got upset and angry too. Not because USA has been spying on others but a world power house which is engaged with others in a relation but there has no TRUST, at all, from the USA side. It's utterly disgusting. Forget about emerging nations like India, USA didn't leave EU countries too!? Isn't it that trust should be the basis of a relation-ship? I think so. But now it's proved USA doesn't think so.

from:  Kuheli
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 10:51 IST

I dont think that our country leaders have any guts to grant asylum to
snowden,in fact our government is going to play the same BIG BOSS role
as the U.S. govt has been playing since,its really disheartning to see
that in the country of GANDHI ,who fought throught out his life for
freedom (in every form),there is no place for persons like
SNOWDEN,although i know that govt has gib=ven any statement till time
but i know that our government is champion in maintaining its no
opinion on important international topics..

from:  jay
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 10:46 IST

Indian govt. has no spine to go against US wish to give you asylem so forget it Mr. Snowden.

from:  singh
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 10:45 IST

He should be provided asylum in India and then only we can have strong
talks with US which yields desired results.

from:  Venkatesh CS
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 10:45 IST

Forget India for your own safety !

from:  Avinash
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 10:34 IST

After Genghis Khan overran and sacked the Khwarazmid kingdom in 1220 its
last ruler Jalal ad din Mingburnu fled to India and requested asylum.
The Sultan of Delhi, Iltutmish politely refused and escorted him out of
his domains.

from:  Monish Borah
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 10:34 IST

Giving American whistle-blower Edward Snowden asylum in India would indeed be a bold and courageous move. However, our supine and pusillanimous government at the centre, which has hardly demurred during these revelations, simply lacks the intestinal fortitude to grant such a humanitarian gesture. It is a shame that arch imperialist USA and its cohorts Great Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand can run wild in this world and our leaders simply are powerless to stand up to them. It shows exactly what kind "superpower" we actually are.

from:  G Parameswaran
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 10:29 IST

India won't risk angering the US. Snowden most likely won't get asylum here.

from:  ANAND
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 10:28 IST

India? Snowden scam in the offing.....

from:  abhi
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 10:21 IST

if he dies its shame to human kind ???

from:  sudarshan
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 10:11 IST
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