The pat-down search incidence of our Ambassador in U.S.A is a most despicable act unknown in the international norms of Behaviour towards diplomats. Even the countries at war do not treat the diplomats of each other country in th manner U.S authorities have treated our Ambassador. To recall, it is not the first incident where our dignitaries have been humiliated in similar circumstances. A few moths back our Civil Aviation was also contemptuously was bodily searched despite disclosing his identity.It appears that American authorities are fond of displaying their super power status and derive vicarious pleasure out of it.
2. They are advancing flimsy arguments to justify the sordid incident and there is no consistency in the statements being made by various wings of their administration. The Secretary of State says, the policy will be reviewed, the Transport Security Authority declares that their action was perfectly justified and the other wing sheepishly expresses regret. Whom should you believe and who represents American policy?
3. The Indian public is wary of current American Governments duplicity towards India whether it was holding back information about pending 26/11 Mumbai attack, refusing to allow Indian Investigating team to interrogate David Headley in the first hand, supplying arms and billions of Dollars to Pakistan knowing fully well that it will be used against India etc. Etc. Thus the general public in India views U.S. With suspicion and an unreliable and unfriendly establishment notwithstanding the passive reaction of our Government. Bilateral relations are build on reciprocity and it will be perfectly right to treat the U>S> diplomats in the same manner for security checks whether they adorn skirts or heavy overcoats.