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Diplomat arrest row

India’s efforts to have charges against Devyani dropped hit a wall

    Sandeep Dikshit
    Narayan Lakshman
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External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Friday refused to comment on the U.S.’s refusal to withdraw charges against Devyani Khobragade. File photo: V. Sudershan
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External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Friday refused to comment on the U.S.’s refusal to withdraw charges against Devyani Khobragade. File photo: V. Sudershan

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid says India is conscious of "valuable" India-U.S. ties while dealing with the "hurtful" and "unacceptable" treatment meted out to its diplomat

India's efforts to persuade the US into dropping visa fraud charges against its woman diplomat hit a stalemate on Friday but External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid was hopeful that he and US Secretary of State John Kerry would come to "a logical conclusion" on the matter.

In Washington and here, US officials suggested that proceedings against the Indian diplomat Devyani Khobargade could not be dropped even as they were prepared to sympathise with her treatment during her arrest. Mr. Khurshid was hopeful of a solution, basing his premise on "meaningful conversations" with Mr. Kerry that could lead to an outcome ``one way or the other’’.

While engaged in dialogue with the U.S. – with U.S. Ambassador Nancy Powell on Friday – India ruled out any rethink on its directive to all U.S. Embassy personnel to surrender their identity cards by Monday evening. The Government will issue fresh cards that will specify the level of diplomatic immunity accorded to each diplomat, ``just like they do to us’’, said sources. India has already cancelled the special treatment to US diplomats at airports because its diplomats do not get such privileges in the US.

The day saw protests in Mumbai and Hyderabad. Republican Party of India (Athawale) attacked a US food chain Dominos in Mumbai protesting against Dr. Khobargade’s arrest and called for the boycott of all American restaurants. In Hyderabad, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) activists were detained as they were marching to the U.S. Consulate. The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad also held a protest near the consulate.

Mr. Khurshid also indicated that back channel diplomacy was at work by stating at a news conference that `` some parts of diplomacy have have to be done with some degree of discreetness till such time as the diplomatic conversations are concluded… Let me get back to you when my conversation is completed.’’

The Minister also underlined the importance of ties with the US in which ``enormous investments’’ have been made. ``I think when we deal with each other we have to keep that entire gamut in mind. We think its important to preserve that relationship, I am sure that they think as well that it is important to preserve this relationship.’’

The Indian diplomat received backing from Union Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari and Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur all called for the US to apologise and drop charges against her. ``We will not accept this conduct under any circumstances. The US has to understand that the world has changed, times have changed and India has changed,’’ said Mr. Nath.

Former Foreign Minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said there were ``many people’’ in India living in violation of the law and don't deserve diplomatic status. Another senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said India must take a strong stand and not let a prosecutor [US Attorney Preet Bharara] govern foreign policy.

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The real issue has long been derailed. Its not about Devyani or
Sangeetha. Any one of them may be correct, that is not the point here.

The point here is encroachment on sovereignty of our nation by
reinterpreting the laws in absurd way. Ask a few questions - is this
crime serious? Is this issue not pending in Indian court? Has US not
encroached the Indian judiciary against international conventions and
laws?

Honest answers to these specific issue will bring us back to real
issue at hand.

from:  raman
Posted on: Dec 21, 2013 at 17:28 IST

Why was India giving US diplomats extra privileges? Was that demanded by the US or was it our own ingratiating impulse? And now we are seeking special treatment as if it were our right. The MEA is concerned only with one of their bureaucrats and not with the other Indian in the case. What has it done so far to help her or her family?

from:  C M Naim
Posted on: Dec 21, 2013 at 17:18 IST

If India's efforts have hit a wall, it would be as "deplorable" (
apologies to PM Singh as the Devyani case, showing a weak servant
before the Master. To be sure, it shows our foreign policy terribly at
fault.

from:  Rajan Mahadevan
Posted on: Dec 21, 2013 at 16:02 IST

It is a confusing state of affair that on one hand Indian govt. is
pledging for the security to US diplomats and counsel while it is
watching the entire episode of humiliation silently and doing nothing
about it.
I feel that US officials in INDIA have committed a serious crime of
VISA fraud too.
I am sure that it was not possible to move Richard family without
their involvement and a proper permission was not obtained in this
process. I am sure that our govt. can make use of this point in
arresting fraudulent officials from US embassy as well as India. which
will automatically put pressure on US govt.
I am sure government will not be simply in wait and watch mood. It is
a serious issue and should be resolved as soon as possible, else it
would put a serious question mark on India's status in the newly
oriented world.

from:  avinash kumar
Posted on: Dec 21, 2013 at 12:33 IST

Mr.Khurshid had stated that India cannot afford to pay its diplomat sufficient so that they can
keep a maid her at US rates. These practice of making wrong statement should not be taken
too seriously and should be ignored. That means he is supporting the illegal act of the lady.
If such an argument is carried on, all government servants can say that what salary they get
is not sufficient to have dignified living and if they take bribes it should be ignored.

from:  vkguptan
Posted on: Dec 21, 2013 at 12:27 IST

due to time ,world order had been changed . there is no space for unilateral decision in current scenario.

from:  sunil yadav
Posted on: Dec 21, 2013 at 10:54 IST

Our diplomat Devyani seems to have committed wrong; instead of being a role model by observing rule of the land, to many Indians who thrive for USA visa by any means, she herself adopted the questionable means to get a visa for her maid. Inspite of getting information about 3 months ago, she did nothing to regularise her maid's appointment as deemed govt. servant of India which now the ministry says so. Her ownership of a flat in Adarsh CHS will cast doubt on her credentials of honesty.Hence the Government of India will be prudent enough not to precipitate things further. All the same it shall show its prudence further by restoring the privileges of US diplomats only if they are reciprocal in nature. Not otherwise.

from:  S Raju
Posted on: Dec 21, 2013 at 10:13 IST

Notwithstanding all the treatment that our diplomat received at the hands of the US Marshalls, it must be admitted that our diplomat has not been honest in her dealings and that is the crux of the problem. Did she make a false declaration in her application for her domestic servant willingly and did she expect that her such declaration pass muster with the authorities ? Is she so stupid that her such declaration will simply fade away in her position as the Deputy Consul General of India In New York? Common sense dictates that she be more reasonable to believe that her caretaker is a well informed person who will screw her at the first chance. Our MEA is foolish in simply pushing her up the ladder by nominating her as a member of the INdian UN Mission protecting her from her silly behaviour. Actually she should be withdrawn from her overseas assignments and landed on a table at home.

from:  L.KRISHNAMOORTHY
Posted on: Dec 21, 2013 at 09:36 IST

I agree with Naveens view.

from:  Karthikeyan, IIT Madras
Posted on: Dec 21, 2013 at 09:19 IST

Pay them off as US does in Pakistan and other countries to get their agents out of trouble.??

from:  Charles Rozario
Posted on: Dec 21, 2013 at 07:07 IST

Why did Indian Government not make as big a fuss when former President
Abdul Kalam had to remove his shoes at US Airport Security. He deserves
more respect than this mid level Diplomat who is charged with breaking
US laws. If this escalates, US will close consulates and Visa's will be
much more difficult to attain as all may have to travel to Delhi or
Mumbai to get a Visa. US has 3 Million of Indian origin and there is no
hue and cry in support of the Diplomat. This is the 3rd incident in 3
years with Indian Diplomats violating US laws.

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Dec 21, 2013 at 07:04 IST

The issue here is the unusual steps taken by the U.S. on an Indian
diplomat. The Indian Deputy Consul should have been declared
persona non grata, a common procedure used by many countries,
including the U.S. and by which she should have left the U.S.

In any case, India should stop rolling out the red carpet and/or
special treatment for the U.S. diplomats (or any Western diplomats).
If the U.S. State Department employees violate any laws of India, no
Indian politician should get involved and the India law should take
place.

Look at the small countries, such as Pakistan, Afghanistah, an Iraq,
which get billions of dollars of U.S. taxpayers' money, do to the
U.S.?

from:  George
Posted on: Dec 21, 2013 at 06:52 IST

I pity on Devyani as she was brought up in a such a way as fellow
Indians who won't be able to realize the mistake she has done. I doubt
the intention of domestic help too, considering the links her husband
and father-in-law has. As an Indian I understand to what extent an
innocent domestic help would go up-to. However this is a good lesson for
powerful Indian Bureaucrats to start following laws at least in US. On
Indian side, it's high time that government start enforcing laws on
powerful people and extend the laws to US diplomats too.

from:  Ram
Posted on: Dec 21, 2013 at 04:29 IST

Indian government should allow US to process with the case and fight the allegation in the court rather than running away from it. If they fight the case I am sure that Indian government can win the case on following basis.
Laying on Visa application & Giving nanny lower wages than state limit:
First, The diplomat did not lie on the visa application because when she filed a visa support form, she included accommodation, food, travel, lodging, medical care and medical insurance cost in total monthly amount.

from:  rus
Posted on: Dec 21, 2013 at 04:12 IST

I find India's stand appalling and disgusting, to me it looks like India
is asking for preferential treatment for a woman who forged wrong
information for getting low cost domestic help.
Why is nobody talking about the ill treatment of Ms
Richards. Where is NCW? Seems like nobody wanna stand for women who has
been exploited by this diplomat. In my best opinion India should disown
a diplomat who has resorted to forgery and corrupt practices. She must
be thrown out of IFS and must be dealt with full force of law.

from:  Jitender Singh
Posted on: Dec 21, 2013 at 04:06 IST

We are carefully following the comments from India and especially this
person appears to assume too much about himself and his ability to
challenge another Country which is considered as Super Power in the
World community not because of its wealth, or power of its weapons,
remember the country is set on principles acceptable to one and all in
the Country. The so called Minister's Political Life is as long as the
party is in power which is limited to few years and afterwards no one
knows his address except a few close associates. This is the Political
truth and every one knows. He is arguing a losing case, first because
he has to answer whether the Consular employee has erred or not as per
the law of the land where the incident occurs. Law enforcement has no
EMOTIONAL FACTOR, their job is just ENFORCE what is in the written
PROTOCOL. NO distinction who that person is that is how they are
trained and called ENFORCERS. Otherwise they are not PERFORMING and
they will be shown the door.

from:  sini
Posted on: Dec 21, 2013 at 03:45 IST

It is hard to figure what Mr. Khurshid is trying to say. The basis of the complaint are well laid
out in the case before the US court. Is he saying that he or the US administration can call
that better than the judge who is appointed for this purpose or there is some back door way
of disposing this case? The incompetence of the MEA and its personnel in letting a dispute
between one of its employees and domestic help become an international incident on the
basis of which future India/ US relations are going to be determined is beyond belief. Why
does the Minister think that this case deserves to dip into whatever goodwill or capital India
has with the USA? How is India going to protect its name against abuses by MEA staff in the
future? Whatever happened to the idea of protecting the weakest of Indian citizens abroad?
Some of us thought that the job of Indian reps abroad was to aid the ordinary Indian citizens
and not get into personal fights with them; is that a misunderstanding?

from:  Virendra Gupta
Posted on: Dec 21, 2013 at 03:42 IST

No doubt the US law protectors could ve handled her arrest better, public handcuffs and DNA samples are unwarrented.
And Nothing wrong in Protest by Indian goverment either for 'mis'handling diplomats while arresting.
But now asking for reversal of law procedings of another soverign nation is too much to ask for, It is USA , not Somalia or any other land with no law or rules.
What our Diplomat has done is a matter of shame for our country and Indian authorities should stay away from legal proceedings of other land.


She deserve to take legal proceedings in US court. If left out of this , I am sure with our indian law protectors she would easily walkout clean and continue doing all these shameful acts in a different country.

from:  Thanigaivel S
Posted on: Dec 21, 2013 at 02:28 IST

Now we know well how money speaks everywhere and how effectively it speaks in the US.
The moral from Devyani and Sangeeta Richards story, so far unfolded, is :

No one employed in Indian missions abroad, should hire personal staff/ domestic help
without a proper background check, duly certified by MEA.

This is important even from India's security angle.

from:  Shekar
Posted on: Dec 21, 2013 at 01:51 IST

India is a true democratic nation. I trust our leaders irrespective of
their political background.They will act with what they think is the
best for us.

There are better cultured ways to deal an arrest situation. I am sure,
if an arrest situation arises in India, against any US or western
diplomat we would deal in more cultured manner without hurting a
dignity of a person. That is in our genes.

After my 10 years of life in North America in a nutshell, I have this
to share-"Bullying is the most prominent trait here and politeness is
just a thin shell common people have to keep up with, around this core"

Also I have to tell, for a common man "freedom of speech is negated
with politeness"

We are lucky in India, we can express our rights and freedom of speech.
Many times we have fought and won our rights and our democracy is
willing to hear its people and protect them. It is proven.The freedom
we enjoy testifies it.

Women and human rights are n times respected in India, any given day.

from:  Sheroy
Posted on: Dec 21, 2013 at 01:47 IST

Indian foreign affairs has failed Indians once again. It acted before thinking, took side of culprit and punished victim (maid). On the other hand, the popular Indian media and politicians told half truth and lies. Bigger insult, SP gave MP ticket to this lady.

from:  OVELS
Posted on: Dec 21, 2013 at 01:16 IST

Our dependency on US and other Western Countries for investment and
technology make us to bend before them.

We have to decide on our level and pace of growth.

We are a country of nearly 120 billion people producing enough food
and living to all.

We need not to beg for alms from outside.
from:  Prabhakaran K
Posted on: Dec 21, 2013 at 00:52 IST

The US has become a draconian system that is only interested in the law
book; that any educated human being left on their own will do the
correct thing in a situation completely escapes that system which is
forever keen on punishing any perceived errant behaviour.
Tired of such meaningless behaviour? Time to raise our voices and not
let the rest of the world be led by fake standards. India exists and
thrives because it allows for a lot of room that the western cultures
have become good at choking.

from:  Sonali P
Posted on: Dec 21, 2013 at 00:50 IST

government has spread the half news and trying to protect culprit.
We are compromising relation with US to protect an culprit how that
justify foreign minister should clarify.
Foreign minister has brought shame to India in US by protecting culprit.
Rich people should not have liberty to exploit poor whatever their class
may be.

from:  Dipali
Posted on: Dec 20, 2013 at 23:38 IST

Devyani is not common woman of India, She represents the our nation as
the a diplomat. So any country which signed over the Vienna Convention
should follow the rules and regulation. Let assume Devyani did the
mistake but she is an Indian IFS officer, diplomat any kind of
irrational activity with her is against the protocol in Vienna
Convention. If US department suspected, they set up inquiry with
considering respect the diplomat. As the true Indian we should
preserve our respect and retaliate. So the in future Such country
never thing to insult our diplomat and our nation.

from:  Lakshmi S Patel
Posted on: Dec 20, 2013 at 22:30 IST

It is high time that we address the issue of employment of domestic servants both within the country and abroad. Very recently there was the horrific incident in which a domestic help was allegedly tortured to death in the official quarters of a sitting member of parliament and it hardly stirred the collective conscience of the nation or its sense of shame in the way the present incident involving an indian diplomat has. While there is no doubt that US precipitated the matter, we have to ask ourselves why we, both as government and as its representatives, have to act in utter disregard of the laws of a foreign nation.Also if the US authorities in India have acted against the law in evacuating the Indian nationals from the country, why no action has been taken against them by government of India? I

from:  Krishnan Narayanan
Posted on: Dec 20, 2013 at 22:23 IST

It is quite embarrassing for me as an Indian to fight with US in favour of a person who has gone against the law and cheated the system. For the wrong doing of Ms Khobargade, she has got back with this treatment from the US. I think Indian government has to allow the law of the land to take its course, and get busy with things more important.

from:  K Balakrishna
Posted on: Dec 20, 2013 at 22:20 IST

There are two sides to all the stories. Intially I was siding with the maid who was exploited but when the facts are slowly coming out like her family was evacuated to USA 3 days before the diplomat or consular officers arrest and that the maid's father in law was working in US embassy in Delhi the story is getting murkier. There are a lot of companies in USA who exploit illegal immigrants from Mexico, and hire IT employees on H1 B visa and not pay them the prevailing wages etc. I am not saying that the diplomat is correct here but the maid clearly has a larger motive of getting a permanent stay in USA and her real complaint is not against the wages. If she gets her complete wages as per her claim is she ready to come back to India for good? I highly doubt it?

The sad part of this complete mess is all the charecters, the diplomat, maid, her family and the US prosecutor are all INDIAN. Basically we are expecting USA to clear the mess created by INDIANS.

from:  Ronnie
Posted on: Dec 20, 2013 at 21:49 IST

India: Just pull out all the illegal practitioners abroad.
Sacrificing a few black sheep is good. Already you have enough
problems, inflation, scams, unemployment. If US and other countries
start deporting illegal indians, they would add up to your countries
unproductive stock. see the news of Singapore deporting 52 legals
turning into illegal activities. Learn, Baby, Learn. Time has come
for a change. Change or perish.

from:  ravi
Posted on: Dec 20, 2013 at 21:32 IST

Not only the consular official bought shame to the India and Indians but
also the behavior of political parties, bureaucrats and government of
India. The behavior is deplorable. The attack on Dominos Pizza and
protest in front of US consulate should be condemned and highly
deplorable. The playing of communal dalit card with support by RIP
activists is utter disgusting. The India's response to the whole episode
and criminal charges is frighteningly immature and sends wrong message
to the world.

from:  prasbad
Posted on: Dec 20, 2013 at 21:31 IST

Finally the external affairs minister realized threats and child play don't work in a law order situation in a foreign country. Immunity for diplomats are not decided by India alone. BJP's Ravi Shankar Prasad is wrong when he said New York prosecutor, Bharara sets US foreign policy. He is one of US' well known prosecutor and had successfully prosecuted and convicted one of Wall Streets powerful. People are yet to hear from the foreign minister his story on the maid.

from:  vijayaraghavan
Posted on: Dec 20, 2013 at 21:28 IST

This is a very unfortunate situation. The value system in India has
degraded. At times, what seems to be normal from the Indian
standpoint, is unacceptable, elsewhere in the world. The case of
Devyani Khobragade perhaps epitomizes this fact.
I hope & pray that Indians of today soon understand the true value of
their heritage, culture and dignity; be grateful for it; and start
living it. Indians are good at ornate talk, and speculative
discussion, but seldom show integrity of speech, thought, and action.
Every citizen of India must take responsibility for the utter chaos
that India is today, and must resolve to restore the Indian heritage,
culture and dignity, by doing whatever is in their individual, and
collective capacity. That seems to be the only way going forward. Once
the value system in India is elevated, even the politicians, the
goons, the underworld, and other miscreants in Indian society, will
show improvement.

from:  Bhavaniputra
Posted on: Dec 20, 2013 at 21:06 IST

This is a classic example of "Everyone is equal in front of the law". For example if the law says "Everyone must be searched before entering US" - it means everyone - including tom, dick, harry and by the way Mr. Abdul Kalam also. If the law says "Everyone must be searched before thrown into prison" - it means everyone. There are ways to come out of this - get a plea deal. Show that the diplomat is incompetent to read the forms that she is signing and she has no intention to cheat the law (even though reality is contrary to the fact). The Indian politicians are becoming fools.

from:  Neel Soma
Posted on: Dec 20, 2013 at 20:31 IST

I smell rat here.The whole issue blown out of proportion, should have
been dealt better.I think Sangeetha Richards playing the US liberal
laws well to get her residency. As per the media reports her Parents
are working for USA Embassy. They would have been well aware of
minimum wage requirement of USA. Sangeetha Richards would have agreed
initially gr paid pay of INR 30K, even though she is getting under
paid as per US wage requirement. She was taken to USA by Indian
government and paid by Indian Tax Payers. Once she got in to USA she
is well aware that only way to get the US residency is playing the
minimum wage cards and longer working hours.Once the drama started to
unfold she got hold of the do gooders in US with the possible advise
of US embassy staff and started her crocodile tears.Whatever done is
wrong, but both parties collaborated, until US Do gooders came in to
the seen blew it out.Hope sanity prevails,lot of house maids in India
are well treated.Don't degrade overselves

from:  Ranjan
Posted on: Dec 20, 2013 at 20:10 IST

Most of our politicians, bureaucrats, senior executives from public and private
sector as also ordinary senior citizens have their near and dear ones settled in US
enjoying a far better quality of life. By now, they must have got feedback that one
cannot fool around in US with laws governing minimum wages payable to domestic
helps. It is not India, where laws are only on statue books and not really strictly
enforced across the board. For instance, child labour is banned; whereas in reality
many bureaucrats and politicians in Delhi itself may be found employing children
from states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal as domestic helps openly
violating the laws and exploiting poverty to the hilt. Indian diplomats while in
foreign assignments tend to carry the same instinct in engagement of domestic
helps and get caught when complained as in this case.

from:  K S Raghunathan
Posted on: Dec 20, 2013 at 20:02 IST

Its sad to see some of the comments above that says India is over
reaction to the situation, Our country has been insulted and our
judiciary has also been insulted and all these people can think about is
the loss of money they would have earned if they get jobs in America,
Its sad to see such a loss in nationalism among our people who have
become more self centred and money minded.

from:  Karthik Sekar
Posted on: Dec 20, 2013 at 19:49 IST

Looks like this issue is not just about Ms. Khobragade, it involves Indian government.
Although she made a false statement to get her maid a visa, she was allowed to do
by the Indian government because in India what she did was "chaltha hey"!
Shamelessly Indian ministers and other big political bigwigs are going to the Indian
media and justifying making a false statement in visa application! It may be "chaltha
hey" in India but not in US, it is a criminal offense... So Ms. Khobragade is suffering
on behalf of Indian government.

from:  Anandan
Posted on: Dec 20, 2013 at 19:41 IST

If MEA and India pulls a rabbit out by coercing the US Govt to drop
the case against this horrible officer, I will be glad to give up my
Indian citizenship and become a man of no country. Any pride I have
as an Indian is lost. MEA is making the aggressor/criminal a victim
(Yes she DID COMMIT a crime by lying on visa application which is a
felony and she was treated like any other felon).

from:  Venkat
Posted on: Dec 20, 2013 at 19:20 IST

It would be wise to accept the wrongdoing of one our high level diplomat. Then try to bring her back to india and sue her because she has contaminated our honor. It's a shame for India. The reaction of our political elite show that they are staying over the law. Law and order is not valid for them and the woud't accept that. Tha's difference to american system.
Parralel to our protest to the US ( why we are protecting it so public ?) we have to make vigililiant this barbaric US law to the human right commissions of UNO and other orgnisations.

from:  S.Joseph
Posted on: Dec 20, 2013 at 18:26 IST

This sounds more or less like backtracking from earlier position where
we wanted an apology and nothing else. I guess, the lady (diplomat) is
going to be punished and we may end up puting security barricades where
they belonged. May be US diplomats would loose the priviledges they
enjoyed so far. However, this is simply not done.

from:  Rekha
Posted on: Dec 20, 2013 at 18:00 IST

India's temerity and hypocrisy on this issue is beyond my
comprehension. Mistakes were made and the US has said sorry and we
all need to move on. By the way, what, we the innocents in India were
to make of what this lady did? She brought us nothing but shame to
India with unnecessary spotlight and in India we need to investigate.
If India keeps on milking on this issue, be forewarned, that all those
IT and IIT graduates will have a longer wait to get their visa to
study in the USA. Mark my words that India's complaint against the US
visa regime, the unfairness and other litany of complaints will fall
on deaf ears. We in India treat women much worse than what she sadly
had to endure in the USA.

from:  Raman
Posted on: Dec 20, 2013 at 17:28 IST

Having allowed the issue grow exponentially , now it has become a big
prestigious issue from Indian point of view, while US, as usual leave
the law to take the course.US law dept is not like CBI, and it has its
own way of dealing things.We have a valid point , in US taking the
family of Ms Richard to US saying the complainant's interest has to be
protected. If the ground on which Ms Richard was given Visa is false,
then why they give visa to her family. As Ms Richard was having a
Diplomat's visa before leaving Ms Devyani, then why she is governed by
US law . Our govt should be firm on this but our people should also
understand the legality to get the justice.

from:  R Raman
Posted on: Dec 20, 2013 at 17:22 IST

This 'diplomat' and her servant story has gone on for too long. True she was treated badly by the US agencies. But then, should our External Affairs Minister be addressing press conferences on this issue? Should US law prevail or India's collective sentiments? The suggestion that furture Indo-US realtionship should be dictated by the course and outcome of this unfortunate episode is laughable.

from:  K. Radhakrishnan
Posted on: Dec 20, 2013 at 17:11 IST

The law must be respected. If the officer is wrong, there is no question of US retracting on charges. But the treatment (criminal like) meted out to the lady officer is sure something for which the US must apologize unambiguously. Govt. can demand an apology for their conduct of arrest etc. but can not ask US to become a lawless country like ours.

from:  Rahul
Posted on: Dec 20, 2013 at 17:09 IST

That's the true colour of our government!!! That's the failure of our
government. This shows that our politicians especially in current
government do not care if anyone slaps on our face, they will still lick
their as....s to the bottom!

from:  Ajit Singh
Posted on: Dec 20, 2013 at 17:03 IST

It does not say much for the professionalism of the MEA that a dispute between a mid-level employee and her domestic help has been allowed to escalate into an international crisis.
Does Salman Kurshid, a lawyer himself know that the U.S. State Department (of John Kerry) has no jurisdiction over prosecutors (like Preethi Bharahat) and the courts which come under the Justice Department? Anyone trying to influence such things in the U.S. would be charged with Obstruction of Justice. This was the main charge against President Richard Nixon who had to resign. Vice President Spiro Agnew had to resign because he was prosecuted for and indicted for tax evasion.
Neither Secretary Kerry nor anyone else in the U.S. can interfere in a court case.

from:  N.S. Rajaram
Posted on: Dec 20, 2013 at 16:54 IST

India should not relent under any circumstances. Time has not stopped.
Indian efforts will and are cotinuing. But this has to reflect on all
future dealings with the Govt. of US as well as all US citizens. India
is by far quite a self sufficient country and no amount of black
mailing should effect the Country's decision. The matter should also
appear in all regional language papers to sensitise all Indians of how
proud we are of our own heritage, culture and dignity.

from:  Naveen
Posted on: Dec 20, 2013 at 16:49 IST
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As per DGCA norms, bunk is meant for resting of flight crew members »