Friday, 10 January 2014

Devyani Khobragade - Where do we go from here?

Where do we go from here? A country which was touted as a close friend of ours in recent times and which defined our relation ship with them as the most defining one of the 21st century has let us down so badly.  They not only stripped our diplomat's dignity but evacuated citizens of this country making a mockery of our system and our laws and to top it,  there is no sign of any remorse except for some lip service about how important the relation ship with India is.

Even the grant of Diplomatic immunity to Ms Devyani may not have been to oblige us. The litany of cases that would have followed against American diplomats in India, be it for commercial activities or spouses working without permits or non payment of indian taxes may have worked in Ms Devyani's favour.

But the question is - what happens now and how do we go forward with a country which has such utter disregard for a supposed strategic partner.  It is so bizarre that they choose to do it at a time when everything in the relation ship was hunky-dory. 

Are we going to gulp it and say 'business as usual' or are we going to stand up and fight irrespective of any immediate strategic or technological losses?!!

I hope our government of the day chooses the later.

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