Friday, January 10, 2014

Devyani Khobragade's grief and relief

It is ironic that it is  the American legal system that produced both grief and relief for Devyani Khobragade. Faced with a similar situation, any other country would have declared her persona non grata and the matter would have ended there.

Had an American judge not issued summons to Sonia G., Devyani might have been left to fend for herself. At any rate, Salman Khurshid would not have been hyper active playing tit for tat.

According to usually unreliable sources, Khurshid who had earlier called Sonia Gandhi 'our mother', went to her to receive a pat for a job well done. He also told her that if he was the Law Minister, he would have advised a District judge to issue summons to a leading politician in America.

Sonia summoned Kapil Sibal and chastised him for his unpardonable omission. Not one to be outsmarted by a cabinet colleague, he told her that there is no one in the U.S. who is as important to that country as Soniaji is to India and issuing summons to an American politician would be a mistaken recognition of his comparable greatness.  Gandhi was mightily pleased.

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