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Chief Election Commissioner of India and former Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS officer OP Rawat among others during the celebration of national public relations day at NDIM campus on April 21.

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Devyani Khobragade case creates a deep crater in Indo-US bilateral ties, says Nirupama Rao; Rao's 8-point argument

Rao with US President Obama
DIPLOMAT Nirupama Rao who till recently was India’s ambassador to US has said that Devyani Khobragade case has created a deep crater in the Indo-US bilateral relationship. “Was the much vaunted defining partnership between the two countries so inconsequential that US decided to treat whole case as routine?” Rao who was also the foreign secretary said in a social media site. Here are eight tweets that Rao posted on the row on Friday. 1. My take on Devyani case: Firstly, the treatment meted out to her was wrong, disproportionate, and shocking in extreme. Condemnable.
2. Since she was an accredited diplomat, Embassy should have been informed about impending move to arrest her. Stealth was ill advised.
3. The incident has created a deep crater in the bilateral relationship and we in India have reason to protest as we have done.
4. The legitimate question we ask is: did not the US weigh the disastrous consequences of their moves in this case?
5. Was the much vaunted defining partnership between the two countries so inconsequential that US decided to treat whole case as routine?
6. The relationship is now in ER. The trauma surgeons need to wake up.
7. We need cool thinking on both sides to defuse the situation. Tit for tat butter for fat cannot solve matters.
8. Diplomacy can't be conducted in an amphitheater. Neither government's hand should be seen to be forced. Say no to hyperventilation.

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