December 17, 2013

On diplomatic immunity

It is time to codify all privileges India gives US diplomats, and share these in a statement with Parliament. Then we need to tell Parliament what privileges our Indian diplomats are allowed in the US. These should be made strictly equal and reciprocal.

We live in a global village, as former President KR Narayanan said, but we do not need a village headman. America should stop pretending to be the self-appointed Lokpal of the world.

Derek O’Brien
MP and Chief Whip in the Rajya Sabha, Trinamool Congress