ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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From Bragging to Begging

Looking back at the epidemic of Clintonmania that gripped the country during the US president's visit, one is left with the suspicion that the Indian people - both the urban elite and the rural poor - suffer from, along with other ailments, a severe spinal disease of servility to the west.

Experts on Indo-US relations may continue to speculate about what India had gained from the Clinton visit. But the man in the street had a chance to discover how the Vajpayee government racked up a record in servility, that remains unsurpassed in the history of post-independence India. It also brought to the fore the colonised mindset of our people.

For full two weeks preceding, and the five days during the visit of the US president, the government virtually handed over the major establishments, as well as public spaces like roads all over the country through which Clinton and his retinue were expected to pass, to the US secret service. The hotels where they stayed or halted were taken over by the White House security and housekeeping staff who turned them into fortresses declaring them off-limits to Indian guests. Indian journalists, while covering the visit, quite often found themselves at the receiving end of the suspicious mood of the US security personnel.

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