aug 4th, 2006
australians in general are hostile towards india (they made a huge fuss about pokhran II, have consistently refused to sell india uranium, etc.). must be the colonial hangover and some strange idea that they are the americans of the south pacific (that is, the Great White Master).
greg sheridan is the one australian who has been consistently pro-india. i do hope the indian foreign service is treating him well with boondoggle trips to visit ajanta/ellora and whatnot.
although knowing india's tendency to suck up to its enemies and disrespect its friends, i suspect the IFS is treating barbara crossette better than greg sheridan. crossette is an irrelevant nonentity in the ny times whose great contribution to the world was "the country inns of new england" before she was sent to india, spent all her time with khalistanis and jnu-types and the sling-bag brigade -- including the inevitable shekhar gupta who was mighty impressed with her -- and suddenly became america's biggest expert on 'south asia'. why, she even has a book or two on nepal and whatever. i have never dared to read these because of some of the gems in her reports: eg. "indians do not like sports because they do not play baseball". her work is remarkable, as someone said: if you know nothing about india, you'll learn nothing about india from reading her work. if you know anything about india, you'll recognize that barbara darling knows nothing about india.