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Devyani Khobragade

Are U.S.-India Diplomatic Strains Over? (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

On this week's episode of Conversations with Nicholas Kralev, Nisha Biswal, assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs, talks about the complex U.S.-India relationship, and about attitudes toward Russia in Central Asia.

The State of the Union Address

Ali Wyne | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Ali Wyne

What are America's long-term strategic objectives? Relative U.S. decline has created a paradox: by exposing America's growing inability to underpin the international system, it has also cast greater light on the (present) inability of any other country or coalition to replace the U.S. in that role.

Culture Matters: The Case of Devyani Khobragade and India-US Relations

Vishakha N. Desai | Posted 03.29.2014 | Home
Vishakha N. Desai

Cultural misperceptions lie at the heart of this controversy. By Indian reckoning, the highly public arrest of a diplomat, and the strip-search that followed, was a direct insult to Indian sensibilities.

India and the United States: Why the Twain Shall Never Meet

Sunil Adam | Posted 03.17.2014 | Home
Sunil Adam

The month-long drama, which ended last week with the recall of Devyani Khobragade laid bare the fundamentally distrustful nature of relationship between the United States and India.

U.S.-India Relations Will Endure Despite the Khobragade Controversy

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 03.15.2014 | Home
Ronak D. Desai

If recent headlines are to be believed, the arrest and alleged mistreatment of Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade on December 12 in Manhattan have triggered an unprecedented deterioration in bilateral relations between Washington and New Delhi.

Dignitary's Maid Reveals Indignities of Domestic Work

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Though household labor has evolved from its rigid historical forms, a new chapter of the period drama for the era of globalization has emerged in New York's rarefied diplomatic scene, with curious case of Sangeeta Richard, the domestic worker of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade.

John Kerry's Regret

Ijeoma E. Okoli | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Ijeoma E. Okoli

John Kerry had an amazing first year as Secretary of State. I was totally on Team Kerry until he expressed regret over the arrest of an Indian national in the U.S. who is alleged to have mistreated her maid and lied on a U.S. visa application.

Devyani Khobragade: The Person Behind the Headlines

Suchitra Vijayan | Posted 02.26.2014 | Home
Suchitra Vijayan

I met Devyani early this year, at a dinner following a book reading at Columbia. We were seated next to each other and soon started talking about Afgh...

The India-U.S. Diplomatic Crisis That Didn't Have to Be

Prem M. Trivedi | Posted 02.19.2014 | Home
Prem M. Trivedi

This is not a trivial incident, but it shouldn't have mushroomed into the crisis it has become. Such treatment of a diplomat charged with visa fraud predictably raised eyebrows and may raise broader questions of parity about how the United States expects its owns diplomats to be treated.

What Progress for Women in India Looks Like

Asha Rangappa | Posted 02.19.2014 | Home
Asha Rangappa

Given the magnitude of the Indian government's response over this apparent affront to Devyani Khobragade's female dignity and bodily autonomy, you could almost forget that this moral indignation is coming from a government that has barely addressed how women are treated in its own country.

Standing With Sangeeta

Deepa Iyer | Posted 02.19.2014 | Home
Deepa Iyer

We all deserve to engage in our jobs with dignity, whether we work in the corner office of a high-rise, the inside of a cab, or behind closed doors in a home. Standing with Sangeeta means that we stand for the rights of those who experience workplace abuse.

Impunity & Immunity in India: Diplomats, Public Perceptions, and Human Rights Violations

Simran Jeet Singh | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
Simran Jeet Singh

While Indian media outlets and politicians engage in debates about the alleged mistreatment of Devyani Khobragade, they have entirely overlooked a remarkable story of a man in the state of Punjab who is taking a stand against injustice.

Regardless of Rank, Consular Officials Should Be Held Accountable for Domestic Worker Exploitation

Tiffany Williams | Posted 02.18.2014 | Home
Tiffany Williams

While much of the media surrounding this case has focused on Khobragade, and the irony of her gender and job description, what's missing from the conversation is the context: exploitation of migrant domestic workers is not unusual.

The Naked Truth About India

Deepak Sarma | Posted 12.18.2013 | Home
Deepak Sarma

While I am not credentialed to comment on the appropriateness of the strip and cavity search of India's deputy consul general in New York, I can comme...

U.S. Prosecutor Defends Treatment Of Indian Diplomat

Reuters | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics

(Adds Indian Embassy statement, paragraphs 15-17) By Joseph Ax NEW YORK, Dec 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. attorney in Manhatt...

Women's Rights Advocate Allegedly Paid Nanny Less Than $4 An Hour

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 12.17.2013 | New York

A prominent Indian diplomat and women's rights advocate working in New York is being accused of committing visa fraud and grossly underpaying her chil...