The “Khobragade affair” has flared a firestorm on social media. Devyani Khobragade, India’s deputy consul general in New York City, was arrested on Dec. 12 while dropping her daughter off at school. Opposition leader Narendra Modi jumped on Twitter to declare (in his very conservative tone) that he wouldn’t meet with a visiting American delegation in response to her treatment, a move that was later reprised by members of the rival Congress party.
Refused to meet the visiting USA delegation in solidarity with our nation, protesting ill-treatment meted to our lady diplomat in USA.—
Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 17, 2013
Many users cheered the Indian government’s decision to remove barricades protecting the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.
But some reacted to the hashtag #DevyaniHumiliated by arguing that it was actually the diplomat who had brought shame to the country.
Others thought that Modi would have done a better job, and responded even harsher, if he had been in power.
UPA totally mishandled Devyani Khobragade case.Had it been Modi, he wud hv arrested gay US diplomats in India & also attacked US wid Drones.—
:DeepaK (@DeeCosmos) December 17, 2013
The statement by Modi’s fellow Bharatiya Janata Party politician Yashwant Sinha, suggesting that India should punish gay American diplomats, polarized opinion. Whereas a few people championed the suggestion …
… most appeared appalled:
But in the din of high-flying emotions, some calm comments still prevailed.