Diplomatic disaster deja vu for incensed India

December 13, 2010

“Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it’s enemy action,” so wrote Ian Fleming in his James Bond thriller Goldfinger.

With the reported frisking of Indian U.N. representative Hardeep Puri at a U.S. airport coming just days after a similar incident involving a senior Indian diplomat, the outraged Indian foreign ministry may well be considering the third option.
A passenger is scanned using "backscatter x-ray technology" at a security check-point at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts November 22, 2010.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder
After expressing its anger at the pat-down of Indian Ambassador to Washington Meera Shankar on Thursday, the emergence of Puri’s incident has India feeling unfairly victimised.

Protests have been lodged and strong words issued out of New Delhi. In response, a review of protocol has been promised by Washington.

But are these back-to-back incidents merely an embarrassing coincidence or confirmation of improper procedures?

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The Americans ought to be frisked at all Indian Airports. I wonder if they inspect Ambassadors from Pakistan, China, the UK, Russia or other such Nations? I dare say no.

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