When I was Young, I remember that my Father used to like things British, and I was sort of in love with the States! My father had a good number of books, among them Old Magazines! They were the Reader’s Digest, the Catholic Digest, Popular Mechanics and things like that. They might have been part of some Help programme, arriving with things like Bulgur, Oil, and what not arriving in India in the 1960’s.
I liked the shape of the US aircraft, compared to the Spitfires, etc! And the American Cars in the RD’s! Thus had started a very boyish love affair, which was strengthened by observing the Peace Corps, and what I still consider as US jumping in to Help Weaker nations like South Vietnam and all that. (India is in the forefront in sending its personnel for UN Peace Keeping Missions).
Directly and Personally I know Very few in the States. But Suzy Karasik IS a very good friend. She is a Brilliant and Very Loving person. I have met her personally. Then there are those whom I met over the Net, whom I appreciate, from what I see from their Sharings. And they all chose Obama!
But it cannot be all rosy, can it? That happens only in places like russia, where even Chernobyl or the Gutting of a Nuclear Submarine gets known only through the ‘foreign’ press.
Just recently we had the incident of Devyani Khobragade, one of India’s diplomats in the US, who had been strip searched, etc. Two things in that. It had been said that the search of that sort had been necessary ‘for the protection of other prisoners.’ Means she could have concealed some Deadly Weapons inside her body! Lol! It had been reported that she was picked up just after she had dropped off her children to school. So this means that she had foreseen her arrest, and had been prepared to the extent of being ready for that with Weapons and all! Thus the search of this kind, for a person of her standing and rank, was entirely meaningless.
Some Indian born American prosecutor seems to be responsible for much of this. Cannot understand what brownie points he is trying to gain, but what he needs is a few well aimed ones on his backside.
It was said that that is the law there. Let me share what may not be exactly law, nor even a rule, but what worked out as such. In one smallish railway station, I had seen a little notice, which proclaimed that the ticket window would open only just before the arrival of a train. For all its size, there always used to be a goodly crowd, which resulted in people literally climbing over others (this happens in India) to buy tickets. So let us be ready to drop our rules and laws and see to JUSTICE!
Maybe I am straying a little here, having intended to write on DIGNITY. I am one of those who advocate the Breaking of Legs of Repeat Gang Rapists. There are those who call for the death sentence for the same. In India of old, they used to seat the guilty on donkeys, backwards, tar and feather them, and take them round the village, making the person the laughing stock. Insult, yes, but Indignity, no. Denuding a person would be Indignity. Did You know that just recently some Indian village council had ordered that a Girl be Gang Raped in Public, on a stage sort of thing! The height of Indignity. In these cases, You will find Yesudas turning into a Raging Tiger. So, when some Indian and US friends seemed to take the Shame effected on Devyani a little too casually, I was flabbergasted.
Continuing with Devyani, it was said that she was, in effect, perpetrating ‘SLAVERY.’ Which, they said, was a very big Issue in the US. That this diplomat was paying her staff pittance, and thus guilty in this regard. From what I understand, the maid was getting a Hundred Thousand Indian Rupees a month, which MANY in India would fall over backwards to get. That maid wanted more. She was Greedy.
There were more things mentioned with regard to this slavery issue, but if paying less is that, then… Let me give a jist of a news report:
‘GENERAL MOTORS picked MARY BARRA to replace DAN AKERSON as its new CEO. But Barra will be paid $4.4 million in total compensation, which includes a base salary of $1.6 million. Akerson, the outgoing man, on the other hand, made an estimated $9 million, with a $1.7 million base salary and $7.3 million in stock. That means Barra will make less than half of what he made. In fact, Akerson will continue to make more as her, as GM will pay him $4.68 million as an outside senior adviser.’ (Ref: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/02/04/3243951/mary-barra-pay-gap/)
The Lady who replaces this man cannot be a rank beginner. Such a person cannot become CEO. Nor would GM have taken her had others been better.
YET, MARY GETS MUCH LESS THAN DAN, MERELY BECAUSE SHE IS A WOMAN! What Else?
India and the US should actually be quite close, both being Large Democracies. Right from my Youth I noticed that the US had helped pakistan, maybe because that country posed India as a threat, and asked for help. That, I believe, made India turn to russia. (Observe all the military ware of the two countries!).
Two Great Countries with similar Ideologies (Democracy). Need to pull up our Socks and Work Harder for a Better World.