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He Handles India's Foreign Policy




United Nations (New York, U.S.A.), February 12, 2011

India's External Affairs Minister Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna (properly pronounced as: ಸೋಮನಹಳ್ಳಿ ಮಲ್ಲಯ್ಯ ಕೃಷ್ಣ), was addressing a UN Security Council meeting.

He read out his speech for a full three minutes - yes, THREE minutes, covering several pages - before he was interrupted by Sardar Hardeep Singh, India's Ambassador to the United Nations, and told to stop because Mr Krishna was reading out Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado's speech and not his own!

"... Allow me to express my profound satisfaction," read the clueless Indian Foreign Minister, "regarding the happy coincidence of having two members of the Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), Brazil and Portugal, together here today."

Yet no bells rang in the Indian's head as he went on reading the Portuguese minister's speech, but in his own rich, desi accent.

Which probably means that no one in the UN had any clue, as usual, of what he was saying - except the members of the desi delegation.

Later, when questioned about it, Vishnu Prakash, the spokesperson of India's External Affairs Ministry, wagged and rocked his head several times saying: "It is not a problem. It is all right. What difference does it make? Right?"


February 14, 2011

Conversation about this article

1: Harinath P. Tiwari (Meerut, India), February 14, 2011, 12:05 PM.

This idiot was a cabinet minister under both Indira Gandhi and her son Rajiv Gandhi. Obviously, birds of a feather ...

2: Sangat Singh (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), February 14, 2011, 1:16 PM.

India does not have the exclusive right to idiocy. It was secularism that broke the boundaries of caste, creed and colour. This European Ambassador complained to his speech writer that there were rumblings that his speeches were excruciatingly long and boring. Would he, henceforth, write shorter speeches that lasted, say. no more than 20 minutes, and also had some element of humour. This instruction was faithfully carried out for the next speech opportunity. Unfortunately this too lasted a full hour. When complained to, the speech writer said, "Your Excellency, I gave you 3 copies of the speech, but you read them all!"

3: Joe Huxley (New York, U.S.A.), February 14, 2011, 5:36 PM.

Ever since it has had a handful of multi-billionaires, India has been delusional about being a world power and has been having wet-dreams about being appointed to the Security Council. Thank God it was summarily rejected again in its latest attempt, despite throwing around a lot of juicy worms. Imagine, had they got in, this nincompoop Krishna would have been a 'power house' in the U.N.

4: Jasbir Kaur (Belgium), February 14, 2011, 5:41 PM.

So what did he do then, after he was told of his error? Did he just carry on with his own speech? The news reports say he did! Which means everyone knew that whatever he was reading, he had no knowledge of it and did not think it at all important to have been part of its preparation. Didn't he convey to the world that he had absolutely no idea what he was reading, that he did not understand what he was reading, and did not think it was important that he understand what he was reading at this crucial international forum? Good Lord!

5: Gurbux Singh (Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.), February 14, 2011, 5:45 PM.

Nothing new there. Reminds me of the saying 'It is your birthright to be born stupid, but please don't abuse the privilege.'

6: Jatinder Singh (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada), February 14, 2011, 5:47 PM.

He is close to 80 years old. Having been an Indian politician all his life, it means he hasn't exercised his brain much, and may be ripe for, or well into, senility (a la Reagan). If Indians had any self-respect, they'd demand that he resign the moment he lands back in India. But, they don't.

7: Bishen Singh (Pittsburgh, U.S.A.), February 14, 2011, 5:51 PM.

It glaringly reveals that this man spent ZERO time in preparing for his submissions to this UN meeting. To represent thus a country of a billion + souls, and to be wasting the precious time of such an august body - he should be summarily fired. No ifs, no buts.

8: Kanwal Nain Singh (Lindsay, Ontario, Canada), February 14, 2011, 9:37 PM.

It is nothing new. Most of the Indian politicians are just too happy to come to New York with their families as an outing. The foreign affairs minister must be on one such mission. How pathetic! The surprising part is that there was no comment, or action, by the Prime Minister, the Indian media or the Indian public, after it made the news. He should have been fired right away.

9: Maya Tripathi (New Delhi, India), February 16, 2011, 10:25 AM.

This is not the first time this joker has done this and made all Indians look like fools. Here's what 'India Today' says about the fellow's previous stupidities: "During a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, in Islamabad last July, S. M. Krishna reportedly read out from the background note. The note was meant to help him prepare for the meeting and was not part of the formal speech. Krishna again committed a faux pas last year when a European Union dignitary was on a visit to India. He read the personal instructions meant for him, which are usually put in third person in brackets in the speech prepared by the ministry officials." Andher nagri, andher raaja ... Himself a big loser, he makes us all in India look like losers. He has to go ...

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