In what is being seen as a reconciliatory response of United States to end the major standoff with India on arrest of Devyani Khobragade, the city of New York is setting up a new full-service jail with five star facilities for officers of Indian consulate.
The mayor of New York today inaugurated a brand new jail building here in Madison square which will house the Indian consular and diplomatic officers in case of all arrests. The facilities of the Special Jail include a SPA, Jacuzzi, full service restaurant, valet parking services and a 24 hour bar.
An unnamed source from this new diplomatic jail said, “Most Indian diplomats and consular officers have domestic servants who are under-paid as per US labor laws, therefore we are expecting many residents here and soon”.
An official from Indian embassy who does not want to be named responded to the developments by saying, “In case of any arrest by us police, How can a Class 1 IFS officer be made to stand next to third class criminals like drug dealers, thieves and sex offender? This is inhuman treatment to us. In India we have never done this to any US Diplomat or US Consular officer. This (five star jail) is only a basic courtesy by the US as it is our right under the Vienna convention.”
Additionally it is reliably learnt, the mayor also announced that the Indian Diplomats and consular officers will be soon provided with red beacon light in New York to match privileges they enjoy back home.
An unnamed source from Mayors office commented, “The public may mistake the diplomat’s car as emergency services here in New York but we need to make them feel at home because in India, they get the red beacon lights, there is no reason they shouldn’t get one here.”
Salman Khurshid, the Minister of External Affairs termed these developments as “the victory of Indian Diplomacy and validation of India’s growing influence in the world”.
Shashi Tharoor responded, “This act by the US shows the spirit of generosity, friendship and reciprocity as outlined in the Vienna convention on consular relations to enable diplomats to work with ease in both the nations. I welcome it.”
Bahujan Samajwadi party leader Mayawati responded by saying, “Daughter and sons of Dalits have always been attacked and humiliated but I am happy that now justice has finally been done.”
Rajdeep Sardesi tweeted that “National pride has finally been restored.”