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In this extract from the undoubtedly hilarious but savage book, the award-winning journalist, better known for her work on the Bofors scandal, reveals how Kashmir was 'saved' in Geneva. B hutta had sent her crack diplomats and spies armed with Indian newspaper reports about police atrocities in Kashmir. Pakistani spies from their famed secret service organisation, the ISI, as discreet and efficient as India's own Research and Analysis Wing sleuths, cruised the halls of the UN in Geneva looking for other spies.

Overnight, the Serpentine bar outside the UNHRC, a large airport-like lounge with black chairs and glass-top tables, became a reference library for documents on the Indo-Pak conflict. It was here that the issue was debated till kingdom come by Kashmiris of all hues and denominations. The ISI was succeeding. Pakistan knew which button to press to make India jump.

And India was jumping. The situation was desperate. So stunning was the lady in blue and so sparkling were the diamonds on her fingers that no one dared ask the prime minister how she could make such accusations when in her own country women were half human beings and where minorities were treated like dogs. It had its own agenda. The Loin sent his golf kit back to India and vowed to double his efforts.

That meant six minutes per day. For years, Indian diplomats's leitmotif was they didn't want to internationalise the Kashmir question. Yet, it is no secret that till recently-- and even now--the MEA had been driven by a single point agenda called Pakistan.

As Pakistan mobilised support for itself, India dug its head deeper into the ground. New Delhi pressed panic buttons in Indian embassies all over the world and anybody who could spell Kashmir was dispatched to Geneva to be on standby with a mobile telephone in hand. Most of them did just that. They stood by and spoke to their friends and relatives all over the world at Rs per minute phone calls to say they were saving Kashmir in Geneva.

The former said the UNHRC was a political forum that did not discuss human rights and that India should not make matters worse by playing Pakistan's game. They also claimed that the UNHRC was an annual mud-slinging forum where the more you shout and shake, the more you were allowed to shout and shake and that Pakistan should be given a long rope with which to do the needful. The reasonable diplomats hastened to clarify that India was a democracy where people voted once every five years, where the press brought governments down and where the judiciary was relatively free.

It could have been pointed out that Pakistan was using Indian press reports to back its case suggesting that Indian security forces literally had the Indian and foreign press at their heels. The voice of reason wanted India to say in Geneva that indeed there had been human rights violations in Kashmir, but these were aberrations which were in no way condoned by the State this was eventually said two years later.

That, said the voice of reason, would have taken the wind out of Pakistan's sails. In fact, some people even went to the extent of saying India should co-sponsor Pakistan's resolution and call Bhutta's bluff.

There was no doubt in anyone's mind that if a fact-finding mission was sent to both countries, India would emerge the victor. Tell us what you think of this extract.


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India Is for Sale

Chitra Subramaniam Duella is an Indian journalist. She is recognized in India for her investigation of the Bofors-India Howitzer deal Bofors Scandal which is widely believed to have contributed to the electoral defeat of former prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in Chitra was born in , in Sindri , India. She is married to Dr. Giancarlo Duella, a mathematician and lives in Geneva , Switzerland. The couple has a daughter Nitya Duella [5] and son Nikhil Duella. Chitra is listed in the Who's Who of south Asian women.

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