Bikram Vohra | March 14, 2014
What with this Khobragade lady and the US courts now throwing out the case against her (so much for the big fight) and leaving crusader attorney Preet Bharara with a little egg on his face because the loophole offered him to put in another case is boring as hell and he should let it go. No one gives a whistle in the wind, Preet, get over it. Move on, find another diplomat. But hey just a sec, now we are told her kids have American and Indian passports and her non-stop chatterbox Dad says it is not a big deal. Nothing in this family seems to be a big deal. Either the Indian passports have been voided or they haven’t, what’s the confusion and why is everything so knotted up? And how does an Indian diplomat’s family get American passports? I am lost in this wilderness.
These are just government servants representing their country and often enough messing it up so you know what truly tees me off, like goes up my nose is that special counter and immigration for diplomatic personnel at the airport. There is abs no reason for them to get this treatment. None. Nada. Zero. Since most of them do sweet all but attend parties and junkets and get freebies why can’t they stand in line with the rest of us great unwashed people.
Every time I land in Delhi I notice three or four posturers pouncing about with their different coloured passports behaving as though they were going straight to the PM’s house or to meet Sonia Gandhi and save the world and all they are doing is coming home like the rest of us. And they all have that nose-in-the-air aren’t we superior expression.
Sometimes I truly believe and yes, it might be laced with lashings of envy, there are far too many diplomatic protections and immunity is being misused. Why should they be protected? Who even knows them. Why are they afraid?
They do nothing so dramatic, have very little redeeming value for the money spent on maintaining them and it is only we Asians who give them so much importance. A cabinet Minister in Brussels stood with me for a cab once and he was flying economy and no one even said hi to him. Narrow the gap.
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