The story behind the BBC documentary!
The state broadcaster has cited an alleged undercover investigation by a junior diplomat of the then British High Commission for the controversial BBC documentary, which created a ruckus in politics from India to Britain. On the basis of that, an attempt has been made to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the 2002 riots in Gujarat, on which the Supreme Court has also cleared the waters of milk and water. According to a Hindustan Times report, the then junior British diplomat was ordered by Jack Straw, the then UK Foreign Secretary, to conduct a secret inquiry into Gujarat. Then he used to be MP for Mirpuri Muslim dominated area of Blackburn. The Union government swung into action when the then French ambassador is believed to have alerted the Ministry of External Affairs about the poisonous report being circulated among diplomats of the European Union.
More leeway for diplomats in India?
Kanwal Sibal, the then foreign secretary of the country, informed the then foreign minister Jaswant Singh about the British diplomat’s attempt to break protocol and interfere in India’s internal affairs, and warned foreign missions against such acts. Had given. But, the question arises that how are foreign diplomats able to do such activities in India? How does his handiwork remain undetected by the Ministry of External Affairs? Whereas, especially the Indian diplomats working in China and Pakistan are closely monitored by the governments there. There are also reports of ill-treatment of Indian diplomats there. In India, till some time ago, diplomats of these countries used to go on indiscriminately in the middle of a special class. Until recently, ambassadors and high commissioners to the UK, the US, Russia and even Germany were treated like Union cabinet ministers and moved about wherever they wanted without the knowledge of the Ministry of External Affairs.
From where did foreign diplomats gather courage in India?
The fact is that diplomats from India’s adversary countries could even give selective briefings as per their country’s agenda. Which is not available to Indian diplomats posted in other countries. Once, a junior Chinese diplomat posted in Mumbai’s Consul General had openly lodged an objection to the then Defense Minister (former President of the country) Pranab Mukherjee’s statement on the 1962 war. Whereas, Indian diplomats in Beijing and Islamabad prefer to stay in their embassy premises because of the intelligence there. Nor do they ever get a chance to be invited to cocktail parties in Delhi like before.
Are things starting to change?
In Delhi, so-called left-liberals used to compete for a taste of kebabs with Pakistani high commissioners and junior diplomats at some events. Whereas, especially about Pakistan, it is a fact that their diplomats all over the world leave no stone unturned to tarnish India’s image internationally whenever they get a chance. But, in India, he easily gets support from some groups within the country as well. However, a change in the situation can definitely be felt now.
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Why are foreign diplomats able to run their agenda in India?
It is not hidden from anyone that the leaders of some parties of their country consider it their pride to participate in the programs of the Communist Party of China. Whereas, India has nothing to do with his policies and thoughts. Many embassies and high commissions in Delhi easily get in touch with some alleged activists and NGOs. Whereas, Indian diplomats on foreign soil neither do this nor can they be given exemption in view of bilateral relations. Chinese diplomats posted in India have been infamous for playing the role of ‘wolf warriors’. In 2017, even Indian politicians were invited to narrate their story regarding the Doklam standoff. But, can the Indian diplomat posted in Beijing call the leaders of the Communist Party of China for the Galwan Valley of Ladakh in 2020 and the Tawang incident of 2022 and put their point in front of them? (Photos – Symbolic)