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Club politics North East Delhi MP J P Agarwal insisted on speaking during Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha on the last day of the session He raised objections to the temporary structures at the Constitution Club in Delhiand demanded that these be demolished He was shouted down by a group of MPs cutting across party lines Agarwals attack was aimed at the secretary of the Constitution ClubBJP MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy Relations between Agarwalchairperson of the parliamentary housing committeeand Rudy are strained Agarwal believes the club for MPs should fall within his domain Interestinglyclub election alignments are not along party lines but are reflective of intra-party rivalries Rudy insists there is no question of pulling down the temporary structures for which the NDMC gave permission The structures are a makeshift arrangement while the CPWD renovates the club Apart from Agarwalsome others are reportedly unhappy at the developments The fact that Speaker Meira Kumar gave Agarwal permission to speak is itself significantthough most MPs feel Rudy has done a good job at the once run-down club Still waiting Italian marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone have been waiting for their murder trialover firing on an Indian boatkilling two fishermenfor a year and a half The NIA has yet to file a chargesheetwhile the other Italians who were on the ship have refused to come to India to testify Meanwhile the Italian Embassy is spending Euro 6000-7000 monthly on the Italians who have to remain in Delhi They are a familiar sight at the Italian Cultural Centre cafewhere the Gandhis are also seen sometimes For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Srinagar | Published: February 24 2017 5:41 pm Former J&K Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah (Source: File photo) Top News National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Friday called for resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan to restore peace in Jammu and Kashmir saying the policy of “bullet for bullet” will only worsen the situation in the state “If you want to improve the situation in Kashmir then the only way is to start a dialogue The talk of bullet for bullet will only make the things worse” Abdullah told reporters on the sidelines of a function here He said India and Pakistan need to come together and resume the stalled dialogue process to resolve the long standing Kashmir problem “Bullet cannot be an answer to a bullet Bullet can be answered by patience love and through dialogue We should desist from that and hope India and Pakistan come to the dialogue table and a new phase of talks will resume so that this problem is resolved” the former Chief Minister said Watch what else is making news Abdullah who was a union minister during the previous UPA government said it was “imperative that an effort be made towards restoration of peace (in Kashmir) Both the countries should talk peace There is no other option” He said poor people in the state would be the worst affected by lack of tourism because of violence “Death and destruction should come to an end so that the people of Kashmir can live in peace The tourism season is about to start and if this death and destruction continues who will come here Who is going to suffer because of that It is the poor people here who depend on tourism” he said Abdullah also demanded constitution of a judicial commission to look into the reasons for youths joining militant ranks and people rushing towards encounter sites to save holed up militants during counter-insurgency operations “We have to take into account their (militants’) sentiments What is the reason for their taking up arms A high-level judicial commission should be constituted to look into what is compelling the youth to take up arms” he said Referring to the warning of Army Chief General Bipin Rawat to the youth against interfering in anti-insurgency operations Abdullah said “That is not right That is unfortunate because if you have to address a problem the solution does not lie in the gun but talks” “Dialogue is the only way and we have to tread that path There is some reason why people are doing this (protesting near encounter sites) We have to look into that reason and address that reason so that the guns stop and peace prevails in the state” he said For all the latest Srinagar News download Indian Express App More Top NewsUpdated: January 21 2014 1:07 pm The distinction sought to be made between officialand private activities with regard to consular immunity is patently unfair Related News In their line of duty diplomats are exposed to dangers ranging from slander to expulsion There is no grievance or compensation mechanism to help them through Diplomatic life has never been a bed of roses Diplomats are exposed to slander arrest expulsion physical attack and even assassination for no reason other than being the accredited representative of a country We are also not unfamiliar with stories of punishment being meted out to the messenger for merely delivering the message The recent expulsion and counter-expulsion by the US and India of their diplomats may be linked in some way to their actions but often the expulsion is a bolt from the blue A classic case of expulsion was the ordering out of the Australian High Commissioner in tiny Nauru for claiming the expenditure incurred by the Australians in erecting a lamp outside the high commissioner’s residence as aid to Nauru Nauru prides itself on never receiving any foreign assistance and the Australian action was seen as a national insult even though it is dependent on Australia for its very existence The pattern of expulsion of diplomats around the globe reveals that it is often the weaker partner in a bilateral relationship that resorts to expulsion of diplomats to make a point When a country feels powerless to change the opinion of a foreign country it feels tempted to use its prerogative to expel diplomats Such actions can only make matters worse in the bilateral relationship Eventually the bilateral relationship is repaired but the sudden dislocation and adverse publicity affect the diplomats concerned and their families One consequence of such expulsions is that those declared persona non grata even for technical reasons are unable to get back to those countries In the case of specialists the expertise lost is regrettable to both countries In the case of Devyani Khobragade the expulsion came as a solution rather than as a provocation A quiet withdrawal of the officer in September last year would have been a better solution than the series of events that rocked bilateral relations The reciprocal expulsion of the US diplomat it turns out was more than deserved as he had not only conspired to evacuate Indian nationals to the US on a false pretext but had made no secret of his hatred of India and Indians Gossip about the host country its manners and its leaders is common in diplomatic cocktail circuits but to put it on social media is to attract adverse comments and worse expulsion In our own diplomatic service we have had several instances of quiet transfers and even expulsions in similar circumstances Since these are not always publicised statistics are not available There have been the highly publicised reciprocal expulsions by India and Pakistan at lower levels Reciprocal expulsions with friendly countries are done most discreetly and sometimes diplomats under orders of transfer are technically expelled to complete the quota The Chinese deliberately publicised the expulsion of two of our diplomats from China during the Cultural Revolution One of them left the foreign service as a result of the trauma while the other rose to the highest level in the service Quiet advice by host governments and financial irregularities have brought back diplomats with little or no publicity They will only figure in whispers in South Block corridors If there is any truth in the reports that the American ire was more against India than against Khobragade the tragedy of her treatment and expulsion become all the more sad The bilateral relationship will recover while she will be deprived of the opportunity to live in the US with her husband and children even after retirement The present sympathy and support extended to her by the government will diminish and she will have to resolve her problems herself Nobody senior from the ministry of external affairs showed up at the airport to receive her She must have also been advised not to speak to the media to avoid contradictory pieces of information coming out The distinction sought to be made between official and private activities with regard to consular immunity is patently unfair A diplomat lives abroad simply because she is assigned there and her life cannot be divided into private and public Immunity and compensation should cover all activities regardless of the venue and nature of the event involved Lack of public sympathy for diplomats who are seen as privileged and spoiled is universal Even those who enjoy multiple supporting staff at public expense in India sneer at one domestic assistant that diplomats are permitted Drivers and cars are provided only to the heads and posts abroad while civil servants in India take such facilities for granted even at junior levels Diplomats with no support systems abroad should be treated with the same concern as soldiers in the frontline India has had its share of martyr diplomats some murdered some brutally attacked some insulted and expelled and some quietly whisked away India has reacted differently to different cases without a formula to nurse the survivors back to normalcy or to ensure that their careers are not affected adversely There is no grievance mechanism to deal with the trauma or to compensate the diplomats for their pain and suffering Each finds her own way to contend with problems arising out of armed attacks or expulsions No record is available in the public domain of the concessions or compensation given to the affected members of the service Such information may be of some comfort for those who face danger in the line of duty The time has come to ensure that we reduce the number of diplomatic martyrs and have a formula to treat those affected with sympathy and magnanimity The writera former ambassador and governor for India of the IAEAis executive vice-chairmanKerala State Higher Education Council TP Sreenivasan For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Published: August 23 2012 2:24 am Related News Civic body cant renew licences as none meets new norms The civic administrationindicating that all hoardings in the city are illegalon Wednesday said that their licences cannot be renewed as they do not meet the norms prescribed under the new policy The Pune Municipal Corporations hoarding policy is pending with the state government for final approval We cannot give permission for hoardings as per the previous norms when the new policy is all set to come into effect?

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