Several issues have been succinctly highlighted, including fraud and underpayment committed by consular staff in Indian embassies and institutions of higher education in the country (“Pride and parampara in Manhattan,” Dec. 30). Most Indians know that when the elite violate rules and regulations, it is a normal practice. India has raised a hue and cry over the Khobragade issue but has no answer when it comes to the diplomat being an alleged beneficiary in the Adarsh scam. Yet, when fishermen die in crossfire, their rights are bartered away. It’s all about a different set of rules for those who are rich and well-connected.
We, as a nation, point fingers at other countries and condemn what we feel are their exploitative methods but fail to look inward. It is time the law is amended to enable class-action suits in India. There are millions of children/maids/labourers engaged in back-breaking menial work. Yet, those who exploit them go scot-free.
The ulterior motives of the government have been exposed. The deliberate transfer of the Indian diplomat to the U.N. is an attempt to win a no-win situation by rewriting the rules. No one appears to express concern over the plight of the aam aadmi — Sangeeta Richard or other workers who have to work hard and who do so in distressing conditions during their stint abroad.
Abraham Cyril Issac,
Keywords: Devyani Khobragade issue