How In­dia’s young diplo­matic brigade is lead­ing from front

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New Delhi: Another of In­dia’s bright young diplo­mats, Vidisha Maitra, was de­ployed to counter Pak­istan PM Im­ran Khan’s rant at the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly, when In­dia ex­er­cised its “right of re­ply” on Fri­day.

Vidisha, an IFS of­fi­cer from the 2009 batch who re­cently joined the UN mis­sion, said “PM Khan’s threat of un­leash­ing nu­clear dev­as­ta­tion qual­i­fies as brinks­man­ship, not states­man­ship.” She con­tin­ued, “Rarely has the Gen­eral As­sem­bly wit­nessed such mis­use, rather abuse, of an op­por­tu­nity to re­flect. Words mat­ter in diplo­macy. In­vo­ca­tion of phrases such as “pogrom”, “blood­bath”, “racial su­pe­ri­or­ity”, “pick up the gun” and “fight to the end” re­flect a medieval mind­set and not a 21st cen­tury vi­sion.”

Maitra con­quered so­cial me­dia on Satur­day with her ref­er­ence to Im­ran as “Im­ran Khan Ni­azi”, an in­stant ref­er­ence to Lt Gen A A K Ni­azi who had sur­ren­dered to In­dian Army in Dhaka in 1971.

Maitra asked: “Can Pak­istan PM con­firm that it is home to 130 UN des­ig­nated ter­ror­ists and 25 ter­ror­ist en­ti­ties listed by the UN? Will Pak­istan deny that FATF has put the coun­try on no­tice for its vi­o­la­tions of more than 20 of the 27 key pa­ram­e­ters? And would PM Im­ran Khan deny... that he was an open de­fender of Osama bin Laden?”

From Enam Gamb­hir, who de­liv­ered a states­man­like per­for­mance in 2017 to Vi­marsh Aryan, the young Kash­miri diplo­mat who coun­tered Pak­istani al­le­ga­tions at the UNHRC ear­lier this month to Maitra, MEA has suc­cess­fully show­cased In­dia’s diver­sity and the met­tle of its young diplo­mats.

In 2017, Enam, who read out In­dia’s right of re­ply af­ter then Pak PM Shahid Khaqan Ab­basi ac­cused In­dia of nu­mer­ous crimes, first de­scribed the neigh­bour­ing coun­try as “ter­ror­is­tan”.

“In its short his­tory, Pak­istan has be­come a ge­og­ra­phy syn­ony­mous with ter­ror. Pak­istan is now Ter­ror­is­tan.”

Vi­marsh Aryan­led the In­dian charge against Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s al­le­ga­tions at the UNHRC ear­lier this month, say­ing, “This is an ill-dis­guised ef­fort to ad­vance its ter­ri­to­rial am­bi­tions. We are not sur­prised at Pak­istan’s hys­ter­i­cal state­ments with false, fab­ri­cated nar­ra­tives aimed to politi­cise and po­larise this fo­rum.”

On Satur­day Maitra hit out: “This is a coun­try that has shrunk the size of its mi­nor­ity com­mu­nity from 23% in 1947 to 3% to­day and has sub­jected Chris­tians, Sikhs, Ah­madiyas, Hin­dus, Shias, Pash­tuns, Sind­his and Balochis to dra­co­nian blas­phemy laws, sys­temic per­se­cu­tion, bla­tant abuse and forced con­ver­sions”.

PTI

Vidisha Maitra, In­dia’s first sec­re­tary, at the UNGA on Fri­day

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