By Frank Franklyn for Newz66.com | Friday, 10th January, 2014
An online survey conducted on various social media by content website Newz66.com has thrown up some interesting facts about the Devyani Khobragade episode. Firstly, over 68 per cent of respondents surveyed online do not support Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade (formerly posted at the Indian Mission in New York) and feel she is a disgrace to the nation and hold her (and her IFS cronies) solely responsible for the damaged Indo-US relations.
Secondly, most Indians surveyed opined that the Indian Foreign Service officer Devyani Khobragade – supported by some influential officials have misled the Delhi High Court, Indian authorities and other judicial bodies in India. The indictment document presented before the Grand Jury in New York which clearly states that Devyani Khobragade allegedly made different statements and representations to Indian courts and completely opposite or different statements to the US authorities including US embassy officials supports this claim. 56 per cent respondents opined that the Delhi High Court should take suo motto cognizance of the US indictment document which claims that Devyani Khobragade mislead the Indian courts and order an inquiry.
Devyani Khobragade was fully aware of the US laws and their applicability to Indian diplomats serving in the US and did everything possible to circumvent it. However, when the tables were turned, she turned to her IFS cronies and the IFS lobby shedding crocodile tears and raking up patriotic feelings and emotion to gain support of the Indian populace, forcing senior Indian politicians from different political parties to act in the way they did damaging Indo-US relations.
The survey was conducted over the last one month on several social media platforms including groups on Facebook like Goa Speaks, Goa Plus and other well-populated Facebook groups with a participation of a wide economic and demographic section of society. According to a press release issued by Newz66.com, over 108,000 responses were analysed over a period of one month before arriving at any conclusions.
About 83 per cent respondents opined that the US should have declared her persona non grata and asked her to leave the United States instead of arresting her after evacuating the immediate family of her domestic help in Delhi.
Says Flynn Remedios, Editor and Publisher of Newz66.com, “Like most Indians, we were dismayed by the treatment meted out to Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade by the US authorities (which included the arrest, strip and body cavity search) and were prompt to launch a Facebook page in her support. However, after studying the case which unfolded over a period of 2-3 weeks and the responses were got from viewers on Facebook, Newz66.com decided to ascertain the mood of the Aam Aadmi via a survey. The verdict of Indian Mango people is very clear: Devyani should face trial either in a US or Indian court and prove her innocence. Till then, she should not be accorded any special favours or immunity from prosecution. What Devyani Khobragade allegedly did was unbecoming of an official representative of the Indian nation and that too in the US of A.”