Journalist: Mr. Ambassador, addressing the World Congress of Sexology in New Delhi, the noted musician Ravi Shanker stated that “women should be treated with the same loving and tender care as a devoted musician treats his instrument.”

Ambassador: That’s right.

Journalist! And writing in Sunday Statesman, Sheila Barse observed that “prostitution is offered as a valid employment opportunity to the women of this free and morally upright country (India).”

Ambassador: Very correct.

Journalist: Don’t you think Mr. Ravi Shanker’s subtle advice and Sheela Barse’s sarcastic anguish were occasioned by the news from Calcutta relating to a Congress (1) Member Parliament from Bihar Mr. Parkash Chander who was caught red handed with a naked woman in a police swoop on a house of ill fame? Ambassador: Not in national interest to disclose.

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Journalist: Mr. Ambassador, arguing in the District Court in Manhattan, Union Carbide dismissed as ridiculous Indian government’s plea that “its judicial system was inadequate and incapable of handling the cases.”

Ambassador: That’s right. Journalist: The carbide charged that the real motivation behind efforts to try the cases in the United States was money. Ambassador: Very correct. Journalist: Don’t you think that the Indian Government displayed the typical Bania mentality in condemning its own judicial system simply to collect fatter compensations? Does it not deserve to be dismissed for hurting the country’s prestige in the International circles whereas other nations spend billions to project their image?

 Ambassador: Not in national interest to disclose.

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Ambassador: Mr. Ambassador, reacting to Assam election results Rajiv Gandhi admitted that the Congress debacle there was a serious setback to the Congress (I).

Ambassador: That’s right. Journalist: Earlier when his party suffered a similar fate in Punjab, he had explained it as a victory for unity and integrity of the country.

 Ambassador: Very correct. Journalist: How does he plan to save the integrity of the country when Lakhs of Muslims are threatened with expulsion from Assam, when Supreme Court Judgments are violating the sanctity of Muslim Personal law?

Ambassador: Not in national interest to disclose.

Article extracted from this publication >>  December 27, 1985