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An Indian diplomat was arrested for her alleged egre- gious conduct and has not been treated any differently than anyone else. It has nothing to do with being
Unlike India, laws are applied equally to everybody in the
United States. Recall Dominique Strauss-Kahn? A French
high-ranking official of the
Fund was arrested when
he was accused of wrongdoing even though he was
It is funny that so much
noise is being made even
though nobody denies that
Devyani Khobragade broke
Over the years several
individuals of Indian
descent in America have
been prosecuted because of exploitation of house help.
Just because Khobragade is a diplomat should not give her a
license to break labor laws and immigration laws.
I think India will do better if we learn a lesson from this
episode and start applying laws equally to the entire population. Some statements by Indian politicians and the emotional
demonstrations are contradictory to the values that we have as
the world’s biggest democracy and the respect that we have
earned and enjoy because of India’s enormous progress over
the past 20 years.
II I n this country bonded labor, slave labor, payments below the minimum wage are all illegal. Otherwise, quite a few of us would be still working the warehouses, working as technicians, cleaning toilets and not become the highest paid work
The Khobragade affair at its core exposes the evil of exploitation of the servant class by the rich and powerful that is an intrinsic feature of Indian society. Many of us
who have settled here have learned that the law applies equally
to the powerful and powerless in this adopted land of ours.
I agree that the manner of Dr Khobragade’s arrest was not
handled with adequate sensitivity, but her alleged crime needs
to be prosecuted vigorously to deter others who have and will
try to emulate her.
I take exception to the rant by Lincoln Chowdhury about
Preet Bharara (India Abroad, December 27, 2013). He has
pursued wrongdoing, with equal rigor, of the titans of Wall
Street as well as other global luminaries like Dominique
Strauss-Kahn, without bias or malice towards any particular
We should all be proud of Bharara as a true champion of
justice, who is a shining example of the best and brightest that
a non-resident Indian can and hope to be.
Recall Dominique Strauss-Kahn?
A true champion of justice
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, center, in a Manhattan district court after he was accused of sexual assault. He was acquitted.
Inset, Dr Devyani Khobragade.