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U.S. vs India, Round 2: Are American Values Truly Reflected in Foreign Policy?

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…[D]iplomacy  operates on the principal of reciprocity and I’m afraid the  Americans have not shown the basic courtesies to our diplomat in  New York. And we have every right to retaliate with appropriate  measures of our own. This has not been savory at all. It’s been  rather nasty and we would have never wanted this in the first  place, but the US State Department has always applied double  standards. Think about the Raymond Davies case involving a US CIA  contractor undercover as a diplomat in Pakistan who killed two  citizens. President Obama came out at the time and put a lot of  pressure on Pakistan to save their so-called diplomat who was  actually a spy – and a killer to boot – and said “you know  there’s a broader principle at stake. This is diplomatic  immunity.” We use the same logic with this case. It was a far  smaller offense, it was a much less grave crime, it was a  domestic dispute between our diplomat and her domestic helper.  But they escalated it to a point where you know she was strip  searched and humiliated, so we have every right. US diplomats  often get away with a lot in many foreign postings and we have  been extending these courtesies because in diplomacy, you need to  do it in order for the relations to go ahead. But unfortunately  the Americans seem to have thought that India is a banana  republic and doesn’t have the spine to hit back. So we have taken  measures, but we hope that the Americans will see sense. US  Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed regrets, but that is  actually insufficient because we have been demanding a firmer  apology. But nonetheless, I think they will see sense because  reciprocity means if you do bad you will also get bad. If You  give respect, you get respect…the Indians are sending a  clear message that we want to be with the US as equals; not as  superordinate and subordinate. The world has changed and it needs  to adjust its lenses; [the US] cannot have double standards

Sreeram Chaulia, Dean of Jindal School of International Affairs


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