Friday, December 20, 2013
Why So Much Clamor For Devyani Kobragade?
Before I get moving a disclaimer is the need of the hour – I have stayed in the country of snubs called US of A for a good period on a work assignment and I hate every aspect of that conceited country full with hypocrites who feel they are a notch above the rest of the world put together. Hence, whatever I am going to write in this blog must not be considered as my inherent love for that wretched nation as people find it fancy to associate with every IT professional. I hate USA as much as I hate Congress party, Pakistan and the uncle of my neighborhood who never returns back the cricket ball. This piece of mine is purely based on facts and our knee jerk response which no way looks like the response of a mature, sensible and holistic nation.
Devyani’s case has two aspects and both of them need little introduction, as well as analysis. First is if she actually committed an offence as per the USA legislation; second is if she was ill-treated even being from the office of the consulate after her so called arrest. Honestly both of these two aspects are debatable depending on which side of the fence you find yourself. If you ask me, well, she in fact committed a mistake, if not a crime according to USA laws. As far as the second aspect goes, I simply don’t want to comment on the second aspect of this farce as I am not sure of the facts either way. Nevertheless let’s dig deep into the issue.
The USA labor laws are very strict and enforced even stricter than one can imagine. The laws stand valid for all sectors of labor engagement irrespective of the nature of the service the job is offered for. It is an entirely different argument to ask where the so called law enforcers of USA hide themselves when routinely their students from the high school go to their classes equipped with fully loaded guns and shoot down odd students for fun. If they can’t do anything about such dangerous precedents becoming so rampant why pounce on a woman for a frivolous reason? Well, it is their country and it entirely depends on them on what and how they want to build their society. If they want to overlook such incidents but concentrate on foreigners to see if they are breaking minimalist of the laws then good luck to them. We don’t have any qualms as long as none of us our own gets manhandled for no reason. That said, do you really think Divyani Kobragade was/is a holy cow and is only framed with such allegations as her father wants us to believe? No, don’t weigh the level of her crime, if I may say so. Crime is a crime after all. And please don’t pop that ‘Racist’ nonsense for every second damn thing.
As far as I know, US laws mandates for minimal wage for every sector. This has got two benefits. First it assures that the employee is never ill-treated and second it assures some kind of social security for every individual in a long run. The bargain is simple – if you can afford to address the minimal wage clause of the labor law then only employ someone. It is no point in shouting later that the so called minimal wage/hour could very well end you up in paying someone more than what you possibly could be earning. That is nonsense of an argument. None has requested you to employ someone to serve you at the first place. If you are employing someone then bloody pay him/her as per the law. If you don’t then you automatically are violating the law and in case of Divyani a VISA fraud which to me sounds pretty much justifiable. The letter of employment which the work VISA aspirants submit at the USA consulate clearly mentions about the wage the aspirant is supposed to earn once he/she is there in USA. The letter is taken on the face value since the employer would have authenticated with their consent to adhere by what they have promised in the letter. I am sure either Devyani or the GOI must have stood as a guarantee when the VISA application of the maid was being processed. Once you let your consent known to the consulate about what you are going to pay your maid, there is no walking back on that. If you do, you breach the clause of trust which automatically boils down to the violation of a law. And no wonder, if you are not from a banana republic then for any violation of a law of your land it warrants an immediate action and that precisely what happened with Divyani Kobragade. On this part I see no fault of the USA government at all. It is a different thing that we are very used to violate laws here but still roam around showing middle finger to one and all, including our IPC and CrPc. But the same we can’t expect from every other country.
As I said, I am not going to discuss if Divyani was strip searched and locked up alongside prostitutes and drug peddlers. I am not sure of the same and as it is I never base my argument on hearing one side of the story. We can’t jump around like a colony of Kangaroos just because one of us told his/her side of the story which we never bothered to authenticate by giving a patient hearing to the other side. That said, if the USA authorities have done what they are accused of then it is a terrible thing to comprehend. And we as a nation must not accept anything less than a public and unconditional apology from one of the big fishes of the USA administration. But for that, we must wait for the facts to come out unlike making the entire nation a Big Boss house as GOI has done with their childish response, with a little help from Arnav Goswamy.
Tell me one nation which acts so funnily when attacked diplomatically by others? I guess you won’t have to go much beyond ‘India’ to furnish a name. But then, our response to every hostile situation was always been funny. No? Nations send few of their scoundrels on a Dingi to create mayhem on our land and we get full time busy in a bizarre dossier-dossier game for years as a response. Countries decapitate our soldiers unprovoked and we threaten back by not including their players in our IPL and discontinue any cricketing ties. So what is the big deal if we turn a cry baby and start removing barricades outside USA consulate when one from our diplomat’s office is humiliated? If we really want to blame someone for the humiliation of Devyani, let’s start with the most deserving of the lot. Yes our spineless government and an equally spineless MEA headed by a joker who knows nothing about his job. The seed for the perpetual humiliation of every Indian was sowed when we never reacted strongly to the ill-treatment meted out to one of our Ex-president. Had we have taken the rascals of USA to task when APJ was frisked, Devyani perhaps wouldn’t have been stripped for a crime that don’t ask for a strip search. The GOI then remained nonchalant of such humiliation because the person concerned was a known trouble maker to all the nefarious ideas of the Congress party, including his staunch objection to let the bartender queen to become the PM of India. That small but yet gruesome convenience of self-service only assured that we as a nation lose whatever little amount of self-respect we had left before the world. The logic is simple – you make a joke of yourself the world adds more to the mockery and that is precisely what USA did with the case of Divyani Kobragade.
Funny that the joker Salman Khurshid asks how in earth the family of the maid got their USA VISAs when they had FIRs lodged against them in USA. I want to ask the clown, how the hell they managed to pass through our immigration at the first place when they have pending cases? But you know what, such comedies are always expected from clueless fagots. It is happening from the days of Chacha Nehru to this moron Khurshid.
But you know what the most interesting part in this mess? Yes, the response of our nation and GOI. I see a lot of outraged people without caring to understand the case and the history of it by an ounce. You may wonder when a government can take it easy when one of its ex-president, that too of the stature of APJ is humiliated but act so violently for a comparatively lesser known entity. Well the answer lies in finding the answer to the question on how Devyani Kobragade managed to have a flat in the Adarsh society, which was meant for the war widows. You will get the answer if I tell you; Devyani’s father is another of those morons who is charge-sheeted by CBI in the Adarsh scam. It may very well be the possibility of an arm-twisting by ‘Papa Kobragade’ for the government to act tough with a threat to spill some uncomfortable names otherwise. Possibilities are many and all of them look quite logical to me. Only time will tell what are the facts and what are the gasbags in this mess of an issue.