I met up with this long time Bangladeshi friend I knew through emails and Facebook today. Although I knew this guy for almost a year and we were put up in the same city for around 9 months, it so happened that we could meet up only at this point in time. And that too, because he was leaving Lisbon and headed to Barcelona. We discussed on his journey from Dhaka to Lisbon – one which was quite arduous to a listener myself, so I could imagine how much more difficult it could have been for the one facing the music.
And the villain in the eye of the storm was the Republic of India. Quite unbelievably so. Although I knew there was a wee bit of criticism on the diplomatic, administrative and bureaucratic setup prevailing in this country, I for one was completely unaware of the complexity of the situation especially for a foreigner in my country. I will not go into the details for personal reasons, but it all started at one of these embassies for obtaining a visa. Yes I know of our people who have faced similar problems in the States or even down under in Australia, but here we are talking about neighbours – people of the same ilk, who fortunately or unfortunately got separated to the other side of the fence and now find themselves to be in a clueless situation in this godforsaken alien land of ours. And hearing his story, I was astonished to know that he had to resort to consular assistance from Bangladesh to get things on track in Delhi. The callous and deplorable attitude with which these diplomatic officials operate in this country is something we are unnecessarily getting too used to and not caring to work on for betterment.
That’s not what happens when a Portuguese goes for seeking diplomatic assistance in Spain or even an Englishman goes across the channel to France for diplomatic support. That is just not something that should be happening anywhere else, for that matter.
And yes, here is something different that you may also like. An article on the Times speaking about the views of foreigner women on India and Indians themselves. Quite an interesting read although one doubts over the amount of homework done on this piece.