Friday, September 25, 2009

7 foreign babus present their credentials to Indian President Pratibha Devisingh Patil

CALL them foreign babus who presented their credentials to President of India Pratibha Devisingh Patil. Yes, seven envoys presented their credentials to the Prez at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Thursday. The envoys are Javier Manuel Paulinich Velarde, the Ambassador of Peru, Peter Joseph Noozhumurry Varghese, the High Commissioner of Australia, Ms Nafsika Chr Krousti, the High Commissioner of Cyprus, Terhi Hakala, the Ambassador of Finland, Janez Premoze, the Ambassador of Slovenia, Adli Shaban Hassan Sadeq, the Ambassador of Palestine and Sami Mohammad SM Al-Sulaiman, the Ambassador of Kuwait. In her interaction with the envoys who babu blogger likes to call as foreign babus, the President welcomed them to India and conveyed India’s desire to intensify bilateral relations with their countries. The President also said that the international community should work collectively to combat terrorism as it hampers peace and harmony in societies and adversely impacts the process of creating prosperity. Referring to the global financial crises, the President emphasized the need for reform in international financial institutions. The credential presentation ceremony was attended by the senior members of the missions, senior officials of the ministry of external affairs and Rashtrapati Bhavan. In picture: High commissioner-designate of Cyprus, Nafsika Chr Krousti presented her credentials to the President, Pratibha Devisingh Patil, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on September 24, 2009. Post comment on whether it’s right to call envoys from other countries working in India as foreign babus, and Indian Foreign Service officers as Global Indian babus?

Action & Appointments AS MANY as 325 candidates selected as assistant commandants of Central Police Forces. The result of the Central Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination, 2008, held by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has been announced. A total of 325 candidates have been recommended for appointment which include 145 General, 113 Other Backward Classes, 48 Scheduled Castes and 19 Scheduled Tribes candidates. These services include Border Security Force; Central Reserve Police Force; Indo-Tibetan Border Police; Sashastra Seema Bal, and the appointment will be made according to number of vacancies available in each service.

Business of aisle and window seats Many Indian bureaucrats are now placing special request to Air India for getting front seats of the economy class or at least for a window or an aisle seat, and definitely not a middle seat. Hurt by the austerity drive of the government which is applicable to their political masters as well, bureaucrats who are otherwise entitled for business class flights are now fully satisfied with grabbing an aisle seat if not one on the front row of the economy class!


  1. If you call a foreign diplomat a babu, it's a modest way to broaden the meaning of babu. It's not so easy to make babu a positive word...
    But Blogger, why on earth do you want babu to be a positive word?

  2. Hope India will bolster its relations with these countries......

  3. Look newly-appointed High Commissioner of Australia to India, Peter Joseph Noozhumurry Varghese, is of Indian origin. You can call Mr Varghese a babu. Ha ha...

  4. I feel foreign diplomats won't mind using the word babu as they always try to pick up Indian language and culture during their stay here. Let them be foreign babu...