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Devyani Khobragade row: Why the US emperor has no clothes

Devyani Khobragade might have broken US law and committed visa fraud. But when it comes to its tone of high moral dudgeon, the United States is very much the emperor who has no clothes.

Devyani Khobragade. Image courtesy: Facebook.

by Sandip Roy 09 Jan 18:32 pm IST

     

If America was a bully in the china shop when it came to its handling of Devyani Khobragade, India has decided its revenge for its humiliation will be death to America by a thousand cuts.

The US embassy has been told to close down all commercial activities it permits through the American Community Support Association by January 16. That means non-US diplomats or private American citizens and their families can no longer enjoy the restaurant/bar, bowling alley or beauty parlour. India says these commercial activities in a duty-free facility violate the norm.

Before that we heard about a directive to the American Center to stop screening films. A "tersely-worded communication" sent to the American Centre has said screening fims without a license is a "transgression".

Of course, stopping film screenings is going to annoy Indians who went to watch the films more than it annoys the Americans. But that's just a niggling detail when it comes to the Great Game of score-settling.

It's reached a point where the editorial board of the Washington Post has decided to weigh in.

The Indian government has compounded tensions with high-decibel rhetoric and a vindictive campaign against U.S. diplomatsin New Delhi. Its bullying measures have ranged from the petty - withdrawing the U.S. Embassy's permit to import alcohol - to the irresponsible - removing security barricades from the street in front of the facility.

This the Post implies with a tone of tut-tut reproof is very disappointing especially because over the past decade, senior....
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