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The Indian diplomatic dustup in NYC was a foolish provocation that may haunt the Obama Administration for the rest of its term.
Not only was Narendra Modi the next prime minister of India denied a visa by the US Department of State in 2006, he also took a very strong position during the recent violation of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade after her humiliating arrest in New York City back in December of 2013. As a means of solidifying his candidacy, Modi went so far as to gin up his supporters’ anti-American sentiment. The national mood at the time was quite unhappy with the US treatment of one of India’s daughters, so it didn’t take much for Modi to capitalize on the wave of anger that moved across the entire nation.
The Asia pivot, which has been referred to so often in the MSM of late, is nothing more than a show of military force and economic influence in a region of the world that it ought not to be interfering in. Yankee gunboat diplomacy of the past is not acceptable and will no longer be tolerated. Given the emerging calculus undergirding the new Asian economic unions and financial alliances, energy agreements and trade configurations, major changes are now occurring that will profoundly affect American influence throughout the region, and beyond
Power, no matter how large or small, corrupts and for some goes to people's heads. I have already experienced this on the election campaign and it's interesting to see how humble the mighty are once they fall from their office.
Modi said on May 20, when he was formally nominated as the party prime ministerial candidate in the Central Hall of the lower House of parliament.
"The elected representatives would collectively and piously work not for position or power but for the good of the people"
The humble Indian will come knocking on an official door. He may not have money, power or position but his grievance, is to him and to all in tense and purposes more important to him than anything else in the world.
Keep him waiting outside your office too long, ignore, dismiss his concerns or abuse him through a bureaucrats arrogance to think he is insignificant…then come the next election…people like this will never forget!