Friday Squib: New Delhi Times

Funnier than the monkey

A Pakistani delegation, part of a larger South Asian one, is visiting India to investigate human rights violations. Police search their rooms and luggage. Diplomats cite Vienna convention to Delhi Police. Yes, Delhi Police! Cops continue, citing ‘security is more important than conventions’. The Prime Minister of India apologises to the Chairwoman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

Jaswant Singh, who used to be a well-regarded member of the NDA government, takes a page out of Veronica Louise Ciccone’s book. His next book may well be called Main Bhi Madonna. A mole in P V Narasimha Rao’s cabinet in the early 1990s grabs attention, beating present day officials who use flash-drives to siphon off national secrets, or hard-disks that disappear from Army headquarters, or satellite-phones that are procured by forging the National Security Advisor’s signature.

An inquiry led by former Chief Justice of India, R S Pathak, finds that the Congress party was not a non-contractual beneficiary in the Iraq oil-for-food scam. Former foreign minister Natwar Singh, though, was. But his son can’t even wear a T-shirt which says “My dad made millions from Saddam Hussein and all I got was this lousy Mercedes”.

Two Air Sahara stewardesses and their friend want to meet the Prime Minister of India. Ordinary citizens, drunk or sober, do have a right to meet their prime minister. In New Delhi, it’s become a security issue.

And you thought the story of Metro officials setting a monkey to scare other monkeys away was the funniest story in New Delhi.

11 thoughts on “Friday Squib: New Delhi Times”

  1. It is depressing to see our PM continuing to embarrass us day after day. If there was to be an apology at all, one from the sub-inspector of the local police station would have sufficed.

    I wonder if the President of United States would give a rat’s posterior if INS gave trouble to a visiting Indian dignitary.

  2. RR: cannot agree more. Damn Manmohan for laying prostrate. This guy just loves snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

  3. Three Air Sahara stewardesses want to meet the Prime Minister of India”

    i suppose it should be two stewardesses and their friend, perhaps a typo!.

  4. Suman,

    Thanks for pointing that out. Accuracy is no doubt important when it comes to reporting matters of national security 🙂 It’s been rectified now.

    Btw, it was not a typo. Just laziness and inattention to detail that comes with Fridays.

  5. As long a Police and Intelligence keeps doing what they need to, why bother about apology by PM? It can keep Pakistanis cool without meaning anything from our side.

  6. What is wrong with the PM apologising to a friend,especially when the search was conducted by an impolite representative of the law.

  7. My favorite was a headline to this effect

    Jaswant in trouble: US denies having a mole in Rao’s PMO*

    The reporter must have expected GOTUS to confess its espionage programmes to the Indian Express.

    * not verbatim; others can be lazy too

  8. I agree with rh mayo. I am not sure what’s wrong with Manmohan apologizing to police high-handedness. He is no king. He should be doing it more often for the trouble he and his ministers cause everyday to ordinary Indians during their daily lives. Having said that I am not sure what paks are doing investigating human rights (and now they are diplomats?) abuses in India? Won’t it be worth their time to stop terrorists in their own country. May be terror carnage is not human rights violation.

    Manu, couldn’t agree more with the headline.

  9. I woke up in a parallel univerise this morning. Here everything is different.

    India is fighting terrorism. Really!
    France is the 51st American state.
    And, Pakistan is investigating human right violations.

  10. rh mayo, Chandra: are you folks being sarcastic? Doesn’t seem so. It’s not about Manmohan – it’s about the primary representative of 1.1B people (and an aspiring super-power) apologising to a two-bit representative of a two-bit failing state that directs terrorism against our citizens. It’s terrible posture – especially when they’ve just executed their most recent massacre.

    Kaul: yep, Pak investigating HR violations in India! What’s next?

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