India’s UN Ambassador Mr. Nambiar’s reply to Mr.Prashant Joshi,
There was disappointment among Indians that watched the CNN show on the night
of June 2nd, 2002. Anchor Mr. Wolf Blitzer interviewed India’s UN ambassador,
Mr.Vijay Nambiar & Pakistan’s UN ambassador, Ms. Maleeha Lodhi. While Mr.
Nambiar failed to present strong case for India, Pakistan’s Ambassador
Ms.Lodhi, with her aggressive communication, succeeded to some extent in
presenting Pakistan (a well known terrorist country) as a country of peace
and President Musharraf (a leader of a rogue state) as a peace-loving leader.
Mr.Prashant Joshi, USA wrote a letter to Mr.Nambiar on June 3rd to which he
got an immediate fax reply. Mr.Vijay Nambiar, while taking constructive
criticism form Mr.Joshi, says “I agree with your assessment that in the last
CNN interview my performance vis-à-vis Ambassador of Pakistan was possibly
not up to the level required in present circumstances” (details on the page
In our view, this is exactly the area (PR) which India & Indians need to
invest their skills into.
India must be able to present their case strongly before the world “Pakistan
is a rogue state that has been sponsoring active terrorism in India for past
13 years”. We must be able to strongly put before the world media “There is
only one definition for terrorism, There can be no compromise on terrorism
and Pakistan’s terrorism can not and should not be justified be a freedom
struggle on any scale”.
“Each one of us should act as an ambassador to protect India, educate
Americans regarding India and its democratic stands. However, I do feel that
the Pakistani PR machinery is much more sophisticated and efficient. For
instance, in my opinion, with his poor delivery, our Ambassador can not even
convince Indians let alone Americans, while, Maleeha Lodhi, with her lies,
still can come across so powerful and so convincing. The net result is: The
US media and the government refrain from coming down hard on Pakistan. If the
Indian government had employed the techniques of Pakistan, the latter would
have been declared a terrorist state long time ago. In addition to lobbying
the US media and the US government, we must also lobby the Indian government
machinery and force them to be more assertive and proactive in defending
“I have watched the same crosstalk on CNN that night. I had an ex-coleague
from Pakistan at that time sitting with me. I felt so shameful regarding his
presentation. First of all Mr. Nambiar's appearance was not really
acceptable. I would like to request everyone, whoever has watched that show
to try to recall his image, was he looking like a representative of India?
Was Mr. Nambiar obliged to come to CNN? His presentation was a result of his
incapability or he was not prepared for it? If he is incapable of handling
our nation's interest right in front of millions of viewers - who opted him
to be representative of our country? What are the steps being taken by Indian
authorities to prevent this kind of insult again? If he was not prepared why
he agreed to come to CNN? Did he just want to show his personality over the
television? Don't we have any energetic person through-out India who can save
our image over the worldwide television show? If Mr. Namibiar failed to
present the image of India and Indians over the television which was being
watched by millions of people, is it worth to still have him as a
representative of India and Indians in USA? Mr. Nambiar didn't only fail on
the show, he ruined our image right in front of millions of viewers.”
While being critical about Mr.Nambiar’s presentation, we must appreciate his
immediate and honest response to Mr.Prashant Joshi. This was an exception to
an average Indian’s experience about our government’s (non) responsiveness.
We are listing only the text of the letter and not the actual letter for
obvious reasons. We do not want this communication from Indian ambassador to
be misused by any one by any chance.
Details of Mr.Prashant
Joshi’s letter and the response
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