Latest “Row”: INDIAN Diplomat STRIP-SEARCHED (Yahoo!)

The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “ROW GROWS after US Marshals STRIP-SEARCH INDIAN diplomat” (Web-site/URL:

“US officials admitted that they strip-searched a female Indian diplomat after she was arrested in New York in a new twist to a growing row that has seen India hit back with reprisals such as REMOVING SECURITY BARRIERS around the US Embassy” FOR CROWDS TO STORMTHIS IS ALARMING.

“The State Department sought to calm tensions saying Thursday’s (December 12, 2013) arrest of Devyani Khobragade was an ISOLATED case and SHOULD NOT be allowed to damage the CLOSE (?) ties between India and the United States”. There are THREE things to note here. First this incident certainly WON’T “calm tensions”; instead it will RAISE them. Secondly, this “was an ISOLATED case” is DEFENSIVE rhetoric (Web-site/URL: On top of this, “ties between India and the United States” certainly WON’T be “close” anymore…after this incident.

“But confirmation from the US Marshals service that Khobragade was treated like any person detained in the bustling metropolis will likely only further fuel Indian IREor ANGER.

“Khobragade was detained for allegedly underpaying her domestic helper who is also an Indian national and for lying on the helper’s visa application form”.

“State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf admitted it was a “SENSITIVE issue(obviously), but INSISTED (that) it was a “SEPARATE and ISOLATED incident” which should NOT “be tied together” and allowed to affect broader “CLOSE (?) US-Indian ties”. There are FOUR things to note here. First, THIS IS INDEED “a “sensitive issue”. Secondly “insisted (that) it was a SEPARATE and ISOLATED incident” is the latest example of DEFENSIVE rhetoric (Web-site/URL: Thirdly, Indians will surely “tie (these things) together”. On top of this, after this incident “US-Indian ties” surely WON’T be “close” anymore.

“In a statement, the Marshals confirmed she had been strip-searched and “was subject to THE SAME (?) search procedures as other USMS arrestees held within the general prisoner population in the Southern District of New York”. REALLYThis is what we are LED TO BELIEVE (Web-site/URL:

Although it did not confirm reports that Khobragade was placed with drug addicts, the statement added that she was held in a cell with other female detainees.

“Absent a special risk or separation order, prisoners are typically placed in the general population…”, “adding she had been put in an “available and appropriate cell“.

“Khobragade was released on a bond the same day, and after a review of her case the US Marshals found that the service had “handled Khobragade’s intake and detention in accordance with USMS policy directives and protocols“.

 Finally, “Harf told journalists Tuesday (December 17, 2013)”, “All indications are that appropriate procedures WERE followed. But nonetheless… WE UNDERSTAND (that) THIS IS A VERY SENSITIVE ISSUE and we’re continuing to review exactly what transpired“. “We understand (that) this is a very sensitive issue” is the State Department’s ATTEMPT at EMPATHY (Web-site/URL: “We’ll continue to WORK WITH (?) India to ensure that all of our diplomats and consular officers are being afforded full rights and protections. The United States and India ENJOY A BROAD AND DEEP FRIENDSHIP (?) and this ISOLATED (?) episode IS NOT indicative of the close and mutually respectful ties we share“. This is the AMERICAN INTERPRETATION (Web-site/URL: OF COURSE, THE INDIANS WILL DISAGREE.

To conclude, this “row” certainly WON’T help U.S. interests in the Middle East and Arab world where, of course, as we know, the United States remains EXTREMELY UNPOPULAR.     


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