Devyani Khobragade is a hypocrite

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Good afternoon:

I intended to write about Devyani Khobragade, the Indian consular official who complained bitterly about the way she was treated when she was booked into jail, but I have been so busy that I did not get it done until today.

Devyani Khobragade is a hypocrite.

Yes, she was subjected to invasive and degrading body cavity searches, but so is every woman who gets booked into jail.

She should have complained about any woman having to endure such unnecessary and degrading treatment. Instead, she complained that, because of her status as a diplomat and well educated member of a higher caste in India, she should not have been subjected to the standard operating procedure to which criminals and common female riff-raff are subjected.

Jesus of Nazareth had something relevant to say about this subject. Here’s Matthew 25:31-46 (New American Bible)*

f “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne,
g and all the nations* will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
h For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me,
naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’
Then the righteous* will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?
When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?
When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’
i And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
* j Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
k For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’
* Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’
He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’
l And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

Ms. Khobragade has been accused of lying on an immigration visa application for her Indian housekeeper, Sangeeta Richard. She averred that she was paying her maid $4,500 per month when, in fact, she was paying her about $3 per hour, which is well below minimum wage.

The New York Daily News reports:

In India, Devyani Khobragade advocated for women’s rights. But in New York, she was a slave driver, says the family of Khobragade’s housekeeper.

Consular official Khobragade worked domestic servant Sangeeta ­Richard from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day, “tantamount to keeping a person in slavery-like conditions or keeping a person in bondage,” Richard’s husband, Philip, said in court papers filed in Delhi, ­India.

“Even though the contract stipulated that Sunday would be an off day, she worked from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., minus two hours for church . . . She worked from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, as well,” Philip ­Richard said.

And the housekeeper’s daughter, Jennifer Richard, wrote to US officials last summer that her mom “used to sound unhappy whenever she talked to us on the phone. She asked Devyani to send her back to India, but Devyani refused her request.”

I have no sympathy for Devyani Khobragade because she is a hypocrite.

India’s caste system is an abomination and should be abolished.

If the truth be told, Khobragade is not the only foreign diplomat who engages in this activity and I suspect our diplomats do the same thing when they serve in foreign countries.

This is the embarrassing truth that the Indian and United States governments do not want to publicly admit.

Shame on them and all governments and people who enslave others for any reason.

*The New American Bible (NAB) was first published in 1970. The New American Bible is one of three Catholic Bibles approved for use in the liturgy, and is the official translation of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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10 Responses to Devyani Khobragade is a hypocrite

  1. narayan says:

    Does a indian diplomat make $4500 per month that one can make a promise of such kind of pay to their domestic staff !!!!

    And of the caste system there will always be 4 types of caste in the world whether you like it or not. It will manifest 1) Ruler Class; 2) Learned Class; 3) Business Class; 4) Worker Class. It is a beautiful play of natural formation.

  2. bettykath says:

    There is more to this story.

    The Obama Sanction: The Politicization of Diplomacy
    Wayne MADSEN | 27.12.2013 | 08:19

    In less than a month, Indian Deputy Consul in New York and members of the Russian Permanent Mission to the United Nations came under judicial harassment by U.S. federal law enforcement in contravention of well-established and recognized diplomatic conventions, norms, and practices.

    On December 12, Devyani Khobragade, the deputy Indian consul general and advisor to the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nation, was arrested by law enforcement officials in New York. The arrest was in violation of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations. Khobragade was criminally charged by the chief federal prosecutor in New York with committing U.S. visa fraud to hire an underpaid domestic servant. The 39-year old Indian diplomat was stripped naked, subjected to an invasive body cavity search, and jailed before posting bail.

    On December 5, the same federal prosecutor charged 49 Russian diplomats assigned to the Russian Mission to the United Nations, the Russian Consulate General in New York, and the Russian Trade Mission with committing Medicare fraud over a ten-year period. In the case of the Russian diplomats, the prosecutor recognized the defendants’ diplomatic immunity. However, in the case of Ms. Khobragade, diplomatic immunity was ignored.

    The common denominator in both U.S. government assaults on diplomatic immunity in New York is the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Manhattan Preet Bharara, a native of Firozpur, Punjab, India and a naturalized U.S. citizen. A possible explanation for Bharara’s rough arrest of Khobragade in comparison to his decision not to arrest the Russian diplomats lies in India’s arcane caste system.

    Bharara, the son of a Sikh father and Hindu mother, is a member of India’s upper caste. Khobragade, on the other hand, is a dalit, a member of India’s so-called “untouchable” or lower class. The fact that Bharara, a Columbia University law school graduate, a Democrat, and a Barack Obama loyalist, would permit Indian caste politics to creep into his decision-making processes, has many legal experts in New York and around the country alarmed. Even as Secretary of State John Kerry tried to assuage India’s outrage over America’s treatment of its diplomat, Bharara stood his ground in defending the treatment of Khobragade, even as Kerry was officially passing his “regrets” to senior Indian officials.

    Bharara’s outrageous treatment of Khobragade may also have its roots in the treatment Indian males generally afford females. Recent stories of misogyny and the routine rape that Indian women are subjected to in a largely male-dominant society were eclipsed in the media by Bharara’s charge that the diplomat exploited her maid by paying her a sub-standard wage and lied on visa papers to bring her into the United States.

    The Russian diplomats were charged by Bharara with underreporting their income in order to qualify for Medicare subsidies for health care. A number of UN diplomats in New York, a high cost-of-living area, have received Medicare subsidies to offset their relatively low income.

    In neither case, that of the Russian diplomats or Khobragade, were the foreign governments notified in advance of the actions to be taken by the federal prosecutor. Bharara apparently acted, at least in the case of Khobragade, without the knowledge of Kerry. That, itself, is a gross breach of the authority of the State Department as the chief interlocutor between the U.S. government and governments abroad.

    It is a simple matter for the record that a number of naturalized U.S. citizens who have become senior Justice Department officials have shown utter contempt for the U.S. Constitution and long-established American legal practices. In this regard, Bharara is joined in his misconduct by former Justice Department officials Viet Dinh, a native of Vietnam and one of the primary authors of the draconian USA Patriot Act; John Yoo, a native of South Korea and an architect of America’s secret kidnapping and torture program; and extreme right-winger Miguel Estrada, a native of Honduras whose nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court was blocked by the U.S. Senate because of his extremist views.

    There is another factor behind Khobragade’s arrest. The maid who accused the diplomat of grossly underpaying her is Sangeeta Richard, whose father is an employee of the U.S. embassy in Delhi. Ms. Richard’s mother reportedly worked for a senior U.S. diplomat in Delhi (some Indians claim the diplomat was actually with the CIA). Furthermore, Ms. Richard’s husband, Philip Richard, was an official driver for the Mozambican embassy in Delhi. Yet, with all of these diplomatic and intelligence contacts, we were told by Bharara that Sangeeta Richard was some sort of abused and powerless domestic servant being paid much less than a living wage.

    Moreover, on December 10, two days before Khobragade’s arrest, someone in the U.S. State Department arranged for Philip Richard and the couple’s two children to fly on Air India to the United States and be granted T-visas, a normally tough visa to procure and reserved for those who are going to testify in the United States about criminal activities abroad. The Indian government and media now suspect that Sangeeta Richard was a “dangle” used to exfiltrate a CIA family out of India. Khobragade’s arrest two days after the Richard family was spirited out of India has many Indians and Americans convinced that Bharara was acting on behalf of the CIA and that the professed ignorance of Kerry in the matter was a result of a highly-compartmented intelligence operation.

    In 2004, Army Major Rabinder Singh, a senior official of India’s foreign intelligence Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and a CIA agent, was exfiltrated out of India via Kathmandu, Nepal. Burned by the fact that the exfiltration, which was facilitated by the CIA station chief in Kathmandu, became public, the CIA may have engineered the exfiltration of the Richard family by concocting a visa fraud story against Khobragade. Bharara, the Indian-American, was the perfect choice to handle the India caper on behalf of CIA headquarters in Langley.

    India’s response to Khobragade’s arrest by canceling special identity cards and duty free shopping privileges for U.S. consular officials in India appeared to be a measured retaliation often employed in espionage scandals. Among the U.S. consular officials to lose their special privileges were those at the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, from where the CIA once staged another recruitment of a senior RAW official.

    There is also an element of racism at play in the humiliating arrest of Khobragade. Abuse of Indian officials and diplomats is nothing new in post-constitutional America. Former Indian President Abdul Kalam was frisked twice by U.S. authorities, in 2011 on board an Air India plane at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport and in 2009 before he boarded a Continental Airlines flight from Delhi to the United States. Indian protests were largely ignored by Washington.

    In December 2010, Indian ambassador to the U.S. Meera Shanka was frisked by a U.S. security screener in Mississippi who did not understand the meaning of diplomatic status. Former Indian Defense Minister George Fernandes was strip searched at Washington Dulles Airport in 2003.

    Similar stories can be told by other “non-white” diplomats and officials who have visited the United States. In 2006, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, who was foreign minister at the time, was verbally abused and strip-searched by officials at John F. Kennedy airport. Maduro was returning home after attending the annual UN General Assembly plenary session.

    Barack Obama has done nothing to change America’s bellicosity toward diplomats, especially those of color. Obama is merely a congenial face of color that hides America’s true nature: a nation that condones racism along with an ever-looming threat of a jackboot and strip-search…

  3. dianetrotter says:

    I wondered why she didn’t say “It’s not true!” So it is true and she is attempting to hide behind diplomatic immunity. I heard that Indian officials are challenging US ambassadors to share info on what they pay their employees. I hope everything is on the up and up.

  4. She got exactly what she deserved.

  5. bettykath says:

    Yes, the privileges expected by the “elite”. She owes her house keeper big money. 11 x 3 = 33/day x 365=12,045. 4500×12=54000/yr

    42,000 minimum per year. Plus overtime premium and interest.

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