Skip to comments.U.S. Envoy Resigns, but Grievances Linger in New Delhi
Posted on 04/01/2014 8:20:05 PM PDT by cold start
NEW DELHI The resignation of the United States ambassador, Nancy J. Powell, was greeted by many in New Delhis diplomatic community Tuesday with a sense of hope that some of the grinding disputes between the United States and India might soon be settled.
In the wake of Decembers arrest and strip-search in New York of Devyani Khobragade, an Indian consular official, Indian diplomats have begun a series of investigations into the American Embassy School, the United States duty-free commissary and the American Community Support Association, a recreational club for expatriates on the United States Embassy compound.
The more the Indians looked, the more outraged they became. School administrators have quietly admitted that for years the school undertook a variety of tax-avoidance schemes, including one in which they instructed some female teachers whose husbands also worked at the school to list their occupations on visa applications as housewife.
Indian officials are refusing to renew teacher visas until the case is resolved, leading nearly 20 teachers to leave in recent weeks. Without a quick resolution, nearly a quarter of the schools teaching staff could be forced to leave before classes end in June. If the controversy remains unsettled into the fall, the school widely considered one of the best international schools in the world and a key recruiting tool here could close................
.......A recent poll by the Pew Research Group found that 56 percent of Indians had a favorable view of the United States, a higher share than found in Germany. Among Indians with some college education, the share is 73 percent. But despite sharing a love of democracy and the English language, the two countries have profound differences that can sometimes lead to sharp disagreements.
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Is there any relationship this poltroon can’t ruin?
From another article. So, now a minor white collar violation warrants a strip search by jack-booted Federal thugs of an official with diplomatic immunity. What morons.
Sounds like something we would hear out of Venezuela
Dang! Nancy owes me money.
“duty free commissaries”? Let’s close them like the military commissaries. Let them eat off the local produce and economy.
Obama, like most Muslims, hates India and takes every opportunity to show it.
Translation is that the US Embassy did conspire in light of the reduction of work permits issued to give the spouse of other legal employees a job. There is no way that the Embassy did not know about this issue - The Management Officer would have known. The person signing the Dip Notes would have been advised as well. The Human Resources Office works for the Management Officer and they had to know. The weekly Ambassador's and separate Management Officer's meetings would have brought these "challenges" up.
This will probably result in reassignment of the Management Officer and a Vice Counsel, plus the children may end up being offered education "away-from-post".
So, it looks like Uncle Sam was living in a glass house in New Delhi.