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.
Courier services and sales teams have soared into efficiency using smartphone apps to monitor deliveries, visits, timeliness and performance. Taking a leaf from their book, Gujarat is equipping accredited social health activists (ASHAs) and midwives with smartphones and an app to bring down infant and ma
The railway infrastructure consulting PSU, RITES Limited is coming up with its IPO on June 20, 2018, as the government of India is selling its 24 million equity shares (12%) stake in the Mini Ratna PSU. As an initial public offering 25,200,000 equity shares are offered in which employee reservation portion
Speaking to Governance Now, Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani elaborates on the Sujalam Sufalam scheme to rejuvenate talavdis and desilt reservoirs and lakes. He also speaks on water, politics, and cons
It’s 10 am and in Dhandhuka town of Ahmedabad district, the sun is already scorching. A dry lake, which was desilted and deepened a few weeks back, has been turned into a venue for a fete. Shamianas have been erected, women in bright sarees and men and children in their best clothes flock the venue,
This story may sound apocryphal but it was recounted by LK Advani in one of his casual conversations. Talking about Morarji Desai, he said that despite his idiosyncrasies, he was a man of impeccable integrity. To buttress his point Advani recalled this incident: After the Janata Party formed the government
Ministry of railways’ decision of holding the listing of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has exposed its seriousness in listing its public enterprises in stock exchanges. Although the decision was taken one year back, the national transporter does not have a com