Saturday, December 14, 2013

10 things about IFS officer Devyani Khobragade: Her family, passion and favourite Hollywood actor

Devyani Khobragade, 1999 batch IFS
INDIAN diplomats across the world were shocked and angry when they heard the news that one of their colleagues Devyani Khobragade, a doctor-turned Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of 1999 batch and current Deputy Consul General of India in New York, was arrested by law enforcement authorities in New York on Thursday morning when “she was dropping her daughter at school”. Khobragade, who was later released on bail, was arrested on the basis of allegations raised by the officer’s former India-based domestic assistant, Ms Sangeeta Richard, who has been absconding since June this year. The officer is accused of giving false information while applying for a visa for a “babysitter and housekeeper”, and also of underpaying the help --- the charges if turned right could give her a jail term up to 15 years. Here are 10 things you may like to know about Devyani Khobragade:
1. A 1999 batch IFS officer, Ms Khobragade is currently a Deputy Consul General in Consulate of India, New York. Earlier, she had worked in the political divisions of the Indian missions in Pakistan, Italy and Germany.
2. 39-year-old diplomat is the daughter of a retired IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre, Uttam Khobragade. Also, Dr Ajay M Gondane, a 1985 batch IFS and High Commissioner of Papua New Guinea, is her uncle.
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Hailing from India’s financial capital Mumbai, Ms Khobragade went to Mount Carmel School and then studied medicine at Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Parel in Mumbai.
4. In 2012, she was selected for Chevening Rolls-Royce Science and Innovation Leadership Programme and completed the course.
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Khobragade is proficient in English, Hindi, German and Marathi.
6. Married to a professor, Khobragade is the mother of two daughters aged six and three. “Apart from proudly raising two beautiful girls, she also wishes to contribute towards dalit and gender equality in her country”, her profile among 2012 Rolls-Royce scholars says.
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Her passion? Travelling, reading, yoga, music and dancing.
8. “I am helping to change the way the world sees arts education. Join me in supporting ProjectArt”, Khobragade tweeted earlier this month, mentioning about her involvement in a non-profit venture.
9. Unlike some of her colleagues in IFS, Khobragade is not very active in social media. Among those who she follows in Twitter include US president Barack Obama, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former India’s ambassador to US Nirupama Rao and telecom guru Sam Pitroda.
10. Khobragade is a big fan of James Eugene “Jim” Carrey, a Canadian American actor, comedian and producer.

79 comments:

  1. According to reports quoting her father, Devyani Khobragade’s take-home salary per month is $4,120. So, how will she pay her babysitter $4,500 per month? How do the other diplomats manage if they too hire such assistants?

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    1. Ragu

      Indian diplomat in entitled to a defence as well. The allegation is "allegedly caused a materially false and fraudulent document to be presented..." So the it is the maid that presented the fraudulent documents! Also, the document in question is the employment contract. The allegations are that contract was violated. That will be a civil case not criminal. This guy is falsely framing a civil case as visa fraud. For the sake of argument if I accuse you of pedophilia your parents will defend you first not frame "internal guidelines" for your siblings. My half a cent! Thanks.

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    2. Is it true that her name came up in the Adarsh scam in relation to flat ownership. how true is that? Even if it is just an allegation are we as a responsible country ready to take risk of jeopardizing our image to the world. And if the allegations are correct then we should not be surprised if she is involved in the visa fraud.

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    3. yes, her name had come up in adarsh scam as one of a flat owner, inspite already owning a govt quota house in mumbai.

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    4. Its not contract violation that is illegal, its submitting a false document under penalty of perjury. That is a criminal action.

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    5. Let the court decide. High-handedness can go only in India.People were silent when Dr.Kalam was mishandled.

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    6. pl check what she really is

      http://ibnlive.in.com/news/devyani-khobragade-owns-11-properties-including-a-flat-in-adarsh-society/440938-3.html

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    7. She did what every other Indian diplomat does in US for the visa of their servants. Unfortunately, in her case he mail walked away and sought legal protection, which brought the baggage in the open. A wrong is a wrong, howsoever you may wish to defend the indefensible.

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    8. arrey bhai kyon pichhe pade ho ek naari ke, oosne chavanni athanni ki bachat kar li hogi, log to pura bank hi diwaliya bana dete hai phir bhi videshon mei sharan paa kar chhip jaate hai,aur ek naari ko chavanni athanni ke chakkar mei hi videshon se bhaga diya jaata hai, vah rey lobby!

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  2. IFS? Senior officer? No ethics! Such horrible people represent India? Shame on India. But that is what most government officers are like. Not surprised.

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    1. How many times you failed UPSC, love?

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    2. When you dont know the whole case..its better you stay quiet and discover the facts.

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    3. As if you know the whole case story and truth. And if you are so capable of so much internal knowledge how is it that you have time for replying to upsc failures here... LOL

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    4. UPSC clearance does not mean, people are good , innocent and deserve anything to do. if so then it is better never to apply for UPSC. it is disgracing. i felt happy, if not in india but in usa she get treatment she deserve? hurrrrryyyyyyyyyyyyy

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    5. COMPLETELY AGREE WITH YOU!

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    6. To, AnonymousDecember 16, 2013 at 12:03 PM Sir/Madam,

      This is exactly the attitude a large number of IFS/IAS/IPS (the foremost of all the I*Services) officers exhibit. An attitude of condescension, looking down upon those who are not IFS/IAS/IPS/I*Services, etc. Remember there are quotas and lower threshold requirements for various categories amongst the applicants in our society. So to berate, look down and react condescendingly is uncalled for and is a display of uncivilised. What if I tell you that many of my family members passed the IFS/IAS/IPS examinations, but instead did something which they believed in and satisfying. According to your vernacular, those who did not pass UPSC IFS/IAS/IPS or are not IFS/IAS/IPS officers are failures. You Sir/Madam, have no grace in accepting and tolerating those who may be less fortunate than you are and/or who are humble, simple, and modest. Your response indicates that once someone passes the UPSC exams for IFS/IAS/IPS officers, and are admitted into these cadres, their societal standing automatically goes up. Have a nice day and GOD bless all.

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    7. Though I never bother to write in reply columns but this idiotic question raised by an idiot about the UPSC attempts of a sensible person compelled me to write here.
      I don't want to give you lessons in history psychology and sociology but surely say that you are a frustrated person whose sole goal in the life is to get selected in Civil services and that's why you have crushed personality in a way that nothing in this world will you find better enough than civil service.
      Remember that Einstein, Buddha, Gandhi, Sachin,Dr.Kalam,Pandit Ravishankar, Amitabh Bachchan, Bismarck, Napoleon,Alexander none of them was a Civil servant recruited by UPSC. think high and read more. It will help you dear fool

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  3. Devyani has studied in St. Joseph's Convent, Jalgaon and has completed her Secondary Schooling (SSC) from Jalgaon.

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  4. She is a diplomat on an official assignment. And by the rules of government of India she is entitled to take an ' India based Domestic Assistant' for aiding her in fulfilling her representational duties. It's not for her personal pleasure that she took a 'maid' with her. The officer paid her about 30000 Rs, which is ten times more than what GOI ordains the officer to pay to the domestic assistant. Plus, according to reports in media, the lodging, medicine and travel of the maid was taken care of by the officer. It's the lady, Ms Sangeeta Richards who ran away in the hope of blackmailing the officer and in the hope of making the US her home. Diplomats live outside their countries almost all their life and serve the nation. Who do you think is stating put in Vladivostok or Kabul or Kandahar against all odds to defend India's national interests?? How will the diplomats of the world function if diplomatic immunity is violated at whims and fancies of host nations? Let's give a thought or two to this as well.

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    1. The minimum wage in America is the law. If you can't follow the law, then don't go to America. Or don't hire a maid.

      So its not her fault that she lied on a Visa Application. Is anything anybody's fault in India.

      Typical Indian attitude.

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    2. americans forget about shooting and killings 2 people by american diplomat in pakistan and got away . Now so worried about minimum wage i think its just a case of harassing and humiliating an indian diplomet.

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    3. Its not minimum wage that is the issue, its lying under oath. That is perjury.

      Lots of Indians working in the USA keep nannies and manage to pay them minimum wage at least, even if they don't own flats worth several million dollars

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    4. If a doctor leaves her noble profession to be beurocrate then such fate cannot be ignored

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  5. These diplomats indian are good for nothing.. They don't even entertain or listen to our problems and treat us like shit.. They still live in colonial hang over and I think india should close this foreign service itself .. They are shame to our nation and a big burden on tax payers money .. Instead good officers from Defence , accomplished artist , writers , scientist and people from academia should be send to represent the country even our local babus would do a better job than these so called foreign service officers or IFS .. Who live in ivory towers and have nothing substantial to contribute nor manage .. I had a good experience of Ias officer who was posted in my native district and surprisingly he was sensitive to poor people and ensured that it was delivered by his authority .. Such sensitive officers can also be considered to represent our country .. But not uprooted people from ifs ... Save our nation ...

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    1. Government of India should ban the use of word 'taxpayers money'. Every idiot can be found using it without any heed to context.

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    2. It really hurts when you are on the "giving" end of taxes.

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    3. @ the 1st comment : please don't call/prove yourself too an idiot by using the same words... ROFL..

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    4. As being mentioned by Deyani Lawyer, $4500 is Devyani's pay.. i.e. Calulation goes for Deyani's pay is underpaid by Indian Govt. itself. So, Who is the culprit.. $9.75 * 24 Hours * 30 Days = $7020.
      So, Indian Govt. send's It's Consular to US representing India's Face at Lesser pay than Domestic Help pay as recommeded by the Country (US). So how can she pay $9.75 to Domestic Help. Either India Govt. has done wrong OR Devyani Lawyer is Wrong = 4500 / (30 Days X 24 Hours) = 6.25. If somebody is trying to comment that working hours are not 24 and are 8 only, Please calculate before commenting. Still Facts are being misrepresented.. By Whom should come up soon !! G Ananta

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    5. Wow the maid will be getting paid for even her sleep hours.... Nice calculation

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      Mr/Ms G. Ananta,

      Diplomats do not pay income and other taxes, pension deductibles like provident fund, social security, etc. Also they are provided with home, free air travel, free surface transport, etc. Their phone, cable tv, water & sewage, electricity, and other such bills are paid by the Government of India.

      Sathya

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  6. 4100 usd that is what an indian diplomat gets ??? Thanks for such information I am working in private sector and work in US and that amt even our office boy earns or may be more than that .. My bro who is sub inspector earns a lot than that even in India .. I am also aspirant for ifs but not any more .. As per my understanding it seems like a private job with no domestic helper no security no official car and plus just peanuts ,.. In today time who would join ifs I think only monkey can join for this peanut .. Thank god I am not in IFS .. Now definitely IAS or IPS but not IFS .. Would join merchant navy instead of this shitty job ..

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    1. If this is your understanding, you are only fit for merchant navy sailors job

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    2. Its called Serving your Country...and not Serving your selfish pride.

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    3. they get lot of perks in addition, perhaps housing too.

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    4. Its not only about 4100 USD...but you get a chance to serve the nation and represent it over the seas...Plus it is about the respect/ dignity that you gain in the society you live.

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    5. Who is this brother of urs, who earns more than $4100 a month in India ? As far as I know ,in India an officer of the grade of a sub inspector earns about Rs.40000 at the most which is close to $650. So its clear that whoever ur brother is, he is surely not doing an honest job,and has been getting this income from some other controversial sources.
      please get ur facts right before u speak.

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    6. Probably you are not aware about the difference between an SI & an IFS. To know , narrate, analyze and differentiate the facts and figures it needs a good education what you are yet to achieve. At least pl pay respect to the people who deserve that. You won't loose any thing .
      Coming on to the question of the salary of your brother- an SI of Police works in the pay scale of Base pay- Rs 9300- Rs 34500/- GP 4200, HRA 3% of Basic pay,, Ration/Ration allowance. This can sum up to Rs 35000/- max with 90% DA. But in our country unfortunately a constable and a chor do hold a potentiality to earn and amount -double to that of an IAS/IPS/IFS official. So, you have to decide -what is your brother actually in context of the facts n figures furnished by you.

      Next, the point of your job profile. Sir, a numerous unskilled workers from India are working in the states like you but they can never sit ( forget about sitting at par) even the near vicinity of these dignitaries. The last but not the least. For getting through a competitive service exam conducted by SSC one must face a mammoth competition where his power of reasoning,analyzing,hold on literature, politics is tested. Then kindly consider about the level of UPSC. So please think twice before you write any thing nonsense, other wise you will expose your own depth,level and knowledge to public.Financially you might have the higher potentiality than Dr.Devyani Khobragade, IFS but feel the status difference between the Indian Consulate General & yourself. Pay proper regard to those people who can easily do your job but whose job,the people like you can't even dream.

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    7. very well stated. Infact each one of us should stand behind this officer as it is insult to our nation and a blow to each of our national pride.Lets not forget the fact that Indian Foreign Servide and Indian Administrative Services is the cream of our civil services and within indian civil services they are at the top of every government effort. IFS and IAS work for national interest life any other civil services but hey are the real policy makers of our national and international affairs.Others do support them be it revenue,be it accounts,police,defence and all have thier own important role in this national building.

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    8. " Sir, a numerous unskilled workers from India are working in the states like you but they can never sit ( forget about sitting at par) even the near vicinity of these dignitaries." This post reflects the colonial mindset of our officers. Please know that common Indian is your master. The days of thinking yourself superior to common Indian are getting over as shown by success of Aam Admi Party in Delhi.

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  7. http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/new-york-visa-fraud-case-arrested-indian-diplomat-devyani-khobragade-flat-in-adarsh-society-mumbai/1/331092.htmlDecember 16, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, arrested for visa fraud in New York, also owns a flat in the controversial Adarsh cooperative housing society.


    She had earlier been allotted a flat in another government housing society in Oshiwara in 2005.

    This was despite specific guidelines in housing societies which forbid members from owning more than one property in the same city
    "In fact, members cannot get flats in two housing societies which get land on concessional rates and they have to give an affidavit to this effect," an official of the Directorate General of Defence Estates said.

    In 2012, the diplomat's father, Uttam Khobragade, told the two-member Adarsh cooperative housing society that it was not his duty to inform the cooperative society that she had also been allotted a flat in Oshiwara under the 10 per cent quota


    Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/new-york-visa-fraud-case-arrested-indian-diplomat-devyani-khobragade-flat-in-adarsh-society-mumbai/1/331092.html

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    1. The father was known as a controversial officer in Máharashtra and it is proved in Adash-Oshivara double flat allotment case too. Now he is pretending that he is fighting for honor. What honor? 'Country's disgrace and visa fraud be treated as two different things. Let US apologies if at all they have really done excesses during arrest, but let the charges of US law violation continue. She and her father have already proved that they can manipulate. (people say even in her posting to Germany!!) So Salman Khurshid should stop demanding dropping of charges against her which are individual in nature and insist on only apology from US as she represent India. And please dont make her hero out of fraudulent activity just because US has done some excess.

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  8. Dear readers, kindly don't post comments of personal nature. We reiterate that we don't carry anonymous (or even with names) posts which are objectionable in nature. We have not accepted over a dozen comments, as those used foul language or indulged in attacks of personal nature.

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  9. while some IFS officers are very sincere, especially first generation officers who are fired with zeal and national pride, but sorry to say there are large number of IFS officers who count the perks attached to job, avoid difficult postings also. Second generation bureaucrats have advantage of parental protection, guidance, they get everything on platter. Good postings, scholarships at government cost you name it and they have it. Other far more talented officers are left out because they have no support. Disciplinary action needs to be taken against all Officers who were allotted Flats in Adarsh Society meant for Kargil War Widows. We have to change the Country.
    loknathmehra@gmail.com

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  10. I think these people should be sensitised abt labour laws in america

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  11. It is indeed a big blot on the functioning of diplomacy, who is at a fault is very difficult to predict given the complex nature of judicial system. But one thing makes it clear...diplomats across the globe specially the Indian diplomats have to clear their understanding the following issues:
    1) They have to revisit the Vienna Conventions on diplomatic immunity? This term needs a clear definition , often they are either misused by the serving diplomat or the country which hosts them or the diplomat himself/herself.
    2) Certainly this is not the kind of treatment that "Our" official representative should get irrespective of whether we abhor her or respect her. Imagine what kind of fear an ordinary Indian would live if their own representative is treated in such a disgraceful way.
    3) Its curious to know why only the Indian diplomats are targeted by the Americans...we should revisit the following case
    (i) Indian diplomat Neena Malhotra case
    (ii) Consul general of India Prabhu Dayal's daughter maltreatment.

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    1. What about Dominique Strass Kahn ? Or the Saudi princess who abused her maid. Its most definitely not just Indian diplomats who run into trouble in the US

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  12. What can one expect from a country which has no culture nor any historical background.
    This disgraceful act shows the insecurity of a so called "Superpower" who tries to make themselves comfortable by humiliating other nationals.

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  13. Lol!! Why are we creating a ruckus over U.S handling of our Diplomats? Aren't we used to it?

    U.S has broke diplomatic rules in Modi visa and other issues. Our own netas rejoiced over that decision. If our fellow Indians treat us like dirt, why bother when U.S does it.

    U.S just taking its revenge for 1. anti-piracy ship issue 2. WTO-Bali and India stance 3. 2. Local NY strut by assorted nepotism-quota diplomats at UN and Consulate.

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  14. It's very simple to understand the fact that if a person is capable he cannot land himself in trouble. If at all a person is in trouble that speaks about his ability to tackle situations and keep himself safe. If this lady was at fault the situation itself speaks all about it.

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  15. It is a diplomatic offensive by U.S. India should react strongly to this issue.

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  16. Horrible! ! We Indians loosing face in all world. Earlier because of our shameless corrupt political leaders Raja/Kalmadi/Kanimoli/Lalu/Shila now shameless babus. No wonder we are taken for granted by China/Pakistan

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  17. @the 1st comment:-seems you don't fit in tax slab. Special benefit? ? Babu?

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  18. Why is the fact that the arrest that happened with the FS was in the country not counted? Overdose of spy novels may be, but surely there is something more than what meets the eye in this case. The diplomat seem to have a flaky past and is plugged in by family. A good candidate to be recruited by foggy bottom. Will be interesting to find the contacts that were made in the prison. Should've been a horrible shakedown for this lady. Guess foggy folks underestimated the impact this arrest would cause? May be a couple of spent moles in the Indian establishment should be outed. More one looks at this case, there seem to be more than what meets the eye. BTW, IKE the victorious 5* General and the 34th President of the USA was of German dissent who went to the father land to smother it. Creating an other IKE among NRI community isn't that difficult for the Uncle!

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  19. Preet did excellent Job. No one is above the law ..

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    1. Modi should go after Big O falls at his feet and renders apology for their dumb behavior. Considering that this is likely to happen on the 31st of February, it is better that neither Modi goes nor does anyone run a campaign for that. As Modi himself has said, let him focus on making India better that there is a queue outside the Indian Consulate.

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  21. ndia would continue to step up the pressure against the country until United States declaring an unconditional apology. The security barriers were setted up and the special protection were given around the U.S. embassy in Delhi, now that was removed.
    http://www.tamilnetonline.com/indian-diplomat-arrested-waiting-for-u-s-unconditional-apology/

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  22. Perhaps the Indian government should focus its outrage on the treatment of Indian maids and domestic workers abroad in the middle east and seeing that as an insult against India, rather than wasting time on someone who clearly believes that all laws whether US or Indian are meant to apply only to the 'little folk'

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  23. As a former U.S. diplomat, I offer the following:
    -The arrest appears to have violated various international norms.
    -A diplomat is rarely arrested except for violence or dangerous actions.
    -The strip search and detention was atrocious.
    -Arrest for violation of labor law is almost unheard-of.
    A strange and embarrassing case.

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    1. Do u think as a former U.S. diplomat, its going to have a negative outlook on the IFS aspirant to rethink on the choice of their service? The image of this prestigious service seems to have tarnished.

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    2. As a former diplomat do you support the view that Ms Devyani should be investigated for having a flat in Adarsh society?

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  24. Was there any investigation about how David Hedley got Indian visa? Did Indian consulate do any due diligence?

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  25. It seems that IFS community is deeply offended. However, according to Sunday TOI story, 3 years back Supreme court restored an IFS officer, who was punitively dismissed from service because he dared to protest rule change which was done to suit Devyani's Germany posting at his expense.
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/MEA-bent-rules-to-favour-Devyani-Khobragade/articleshow/27744181.cms

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  26. Why is there no outrage about how Richards was treated? It is stunning that Indian government does not care about the rights of maids or other non-babu personnel.

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  27. Collectors and SPs have lot of servants at their beck and call. That's why IFS may feel that why they should be denied servants when they are equivalent of IAS and IPS.
    To introduce parity among services, all govt. peons, police etc should be removed from IAS IPS homes.

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  28. Please add 11. About Adarsh Society
    12. 1999 IFS batch fraud for Posting.
    13. Relative of Ashok Chavhan
    14. etc

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  29. We have launched a petition to request President Obama to reconsider US Administration’s stand on Mr. Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister of the State of Gujarat, India.
    Please visit http://www.modi360.com to review and sign this petition.

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  30. What has the world come to .Indians cant even support their own Indian women representative abroad? Why should a person join foreign services, armed services or civil services if Indian cant support their own in time of trouble? India has leant nothing after being raped by britishers for 300 years.Why are Indian so afraid of Americans?. To understand American foreign policy read Noam Chomsy and John Perkins.. They will tell you how US screws every country for their own profit. Stand firm against US and don't let them get away with this kind of nonsense. If India can stand untied, it make move mountains. Support Devyani.

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    1. Indian civil servants should think why common Indian is not supporting them. We are not fools. We stand behind the honest officers. You might have noticed support Durga Nagpal or Khemka got from common Indians. Initial support for Devyani went down once her involvement in Adarsh was revealed.Again civil servants should reflect why common Indians love soldiers more than IAS/IFS. I agree that strip search was too much but other than that if she really lied to US government,she brought shame to India.

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  31. It appears all above opinions expressed over US treatment to Devyani Khobragade but it seems no one bring the topic of underlying conflict with Sangeeta Richard which was the root cause for entire episode. When we are in foriegn land, we must aware of laws and consequences for our actions. Indeed I'm more interested in naked truth and row between Devyani Khobragade and Sangeeta Richard and avoid such conflicts for future by both ends otherwise it become another episode, especially diplomats must pay extra attention.

    Indeed we should also think of being in the shoes of
    Sangeeta Richard and we should give the weight to her voice as well rather whole focus on deplomatic issue. Finally, there is no doubt that every civil servant in the country deserve the respect and unconditional support for their service to the country.

    Those whoever brought the monitory figures into picture should realize it is not just moeny, there is component of service mind to service the country, once again hats off to all civil servants!!

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  32. Millions of Indian depend on US and hang their hope with it. Be it local IT, KPO, BPOs or NRIs, which has definitely helped shape lot of lives.
    Now DK has issues back in India too. Adarsh case both DK and her father have been implicated by panel. Also, the serious 1999 German language case. DK is a diplomat, but surely she and MEA is making a travesty of this wing and its objective. From what is heard and read in papers of the relationship, it is acting like a mutually exclusive entity without concern for millions of Indians/National Interest.
    Diplomat had to be careful and in the allegation there is a personal matter of treatment too. Both countries relation should have been kept out of this mess.

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  33. INDIAN PEOPLE DEMAND THE TRUTH
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    Tax Paying, Law Abiding, Honest Indian people demand why Devyani Khobragade lied under the law of the U.S., why did she cheat and why did the whole family mistreat, persecute, hound and gang up on the poor maid Sangeeta Richard?

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  34. Father has taken the whole nation for a ride by making it a National issue (pulling strings at MEA and playing the dalit card) and now wants to fight elections based on the "popularity" gained by the daughter. LOL this can happen only in India.

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  35. One reason why many Indians don't support Devyani is the general condescending attitude of Indian officers. One of my friends with PhD from Harvard and who is a faculty at Yale university applied for renewal of passport at NY consulate(same place where Devyani was). They delayed it so much that finally my friend had to beg them to issue it because his mother was sick. He literally cried in front of officer in consulate. Finally he got his passport but his mom had died in India by then.This type of behavior is not uncommon in Indian consulates. They display same arrogance as their counterpart babus in India and then wonder why Indians in US are not supporting them. Those Indians who supported her did it because she represents India and even with the maltreatment from Indian bureaucracy we still love India.

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    1. one has have to agree with you.

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    2. Yes it happened to one of my family members who wanted to visit India to see his mother. The Deputy Indian Consul-General in San Francisco, USA, demanded and harassed him for documents from 35 years back and ultimately after 4 days gave it because my family member's mother was very sick and was on her deathbed. The IAS, IFS and other services have failed us miserable and it is time we abolish these services in favur of federalism where each state creates its own brand of governance which suit the language, the needs of the people of the state and culture and traditions coupled with modern day advances in organisational development. This is the solution which is the ONLY way out of poverty for the 2/3rd of Indians who flive on less than Rs 20/- per day. GOD bless you and have a nice day.

      Sathya

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  36. Debjani does not deserve our sympathy

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    1. The story of Devyani is quite sordid and she does not deserve anyones sympathy. It was nto the maid that complained. It was she and her father that filed a police complaint of absocnding in the USA and case against the maid in India and attached the contract. That docuemnt was sent by the court to the police in USA (since the maid absconded in the USA) - that exposed her. Many maids do not return and choose to disappear- not just Indians - but form may countries in Asia and Africa - all she had to do was to report to the State Dept. Bt no, she had to file a case. She is a vindictive woman and harrassed a junior colleague in the consulate because he didnt send a car for her somewhere. There are enough stories about her, no need to feel sorry at all.

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  37. Most of you, who commented above have no idea about the way india (indian government) works. You ppl know not about the difficulty of UPSC exam nor of the political status of the ias,ips,ifs officers.
    No wonder there are lot of ppl(population) in india but 98% of them are good for nothing except for cheating each other finally cheating yourselves that's what your "books"teaches you, law-less people.

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