India's foreign minister makes gaffe at UN Security Council meet

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  1. Minghegy

    Minghegy Regular Member

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    http://www.monstersandcritics.com/n...ister-makes-gaffe-at-UN-Security-Council-meet

    New Delhi - A day after India's Foreign Minister SM Krishna accidentally read out the speech of his Portuguese counterpart at the United Nations Security Council meeting, the minister shrugged it off Sunday, saying such things happen.
    In the embarrassing gaffe, Krishna read out several pages of the wrong speech at the United Nations Saturday, including a part expressing pleasure that two Portuguese-speaking nations - Portugal and Brazil - were represented at the council.
    An Indian official caught on about five minutes into the speech, interrupted Krishna and directed him to the correct speech.
    Playing down the error, India's External Affairs Ministry said in a statement that initial parts of all formal addresses contain salutation and courteous references and this was the part Krishna mistakenly read.
    'The minister went on to make a well-received statement where he highlighted the relevance of the Indian success story to international efforts to meet the challenges of development, peace and security,' the statement added.
    'Unfortunately, it happened ... There was nothing wrong in it,' Krishna was quoted as saying by the Times of India newspaper after the meeting. 'There were so many papers spread in front of me so by mistake the wrong speech was taken out.'
    India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and tweeters were both angry and amused.
    'The UN Security Council is a very august body. But the minister reads out Portugal Minister's speech. The foreign minister represents the country there. I feel sorry as an Indian,' BJP's spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
    'Maybe Portugal has outsourced its speech to Bangalore,' a message on a social networking site read.
    Another said, 'Why do we have a mistake like him in the government?'
    A friendlier comment was, 'Look at the bright side. We can now lay claim to Cristiano Ronaldo.'
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    Kalmadi, Naik, Krishna, who is the next one?
     
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  3. civfanatic

    civfanatic Retired Moderator

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    Lol, this reminds me of the good old Khrushchev days when banging shoes on desks was considered a standard form of protest at UN meetings.
     
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    'Dear Krishna, don't catch the wrong flight!'

    "Dear Krishna, all is forgiven. Don't catch the wrong flight."

    This is not a message to the external affairs minister from his boss, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. This is what Dr Yum Yum Singh wrote on his Twitter on Sunday while commenting on Krishna's faux pax at the United Nations Security Council on Friday.

    At the UNSC meeting, Krishna began reading the wrong speech by inadvertently reading the Portuguese foreign minister's English translation of his text for nearly three minutes, before being corrected by India's envoy to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri. Krishna's mistake made headlines in the media back home and the Pakistani press gleefully played it up.

    A lot of traffic was generated on social networking sites since the goof-up became public, with many bloggers poking fun at the expense of the external affairs minister. But others wondered what the fuss was all about.


    After all, many a public figure has committed such gaffes.

    United States President Barack Obama began reading the speech of Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen at the UN in 2009 after the teleprompter mixed up their speeches.

    Former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan G Parthasarathy, now a well-known commentator on foreign affairs, said, "It is a mistake which even Obama has made. It makes good gossip, but more important is what he said in substantive terms. It can happen. Everybody in the Security Council knows that ministers are busy people. It is not an embarrassment for the country."

    K Natwar Singh, one of Krishna's predecessors, declined to say anything on the episode. "He has been a friend for 30 years and I would not like to comment," he said.



    Krishna himself described the incident as unfortunate, adding, "There was nothing wrong in it."

    "There were so many papers spread in front of me. So, by mistake, the wrong speech was taken out," he explained.

    "Unfortunately, it happened," he said, noting that many of these speeches contain the same thing in the first paragraph, which is to convey greetings to the country presiding over the Security Council.

    India has secured the rotating non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council for a two-year period from January 1 after nearly two decades.

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  5. Minghegy

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    anoop_mig25 Senior Member Senior Member

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    stupid FM he doesnot about which speech his going to give simply imply that he didn`t wrote his own speech or did n`t went through it once prior to main events . he is evnt fit to become a clerk and he was cm and now foregin minister of india
     
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    Krishna's mind is preoccupied with Bangalore. It's obvious he's an unilling misfit in the foreign ministry. We need someone young and dynamic there. Unfortunately, no suitable candidates around.
     
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    A tweet today by former IPS officer Praksh singh sums it all up.. "Krishna is to MEA what shivraj patil was to MHA"....


     
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    That's because that's how the Maino Mafia (Madam Sonia gang) wants it to be--- have puppets and losers that can easily be controlled in all national level positions by the madam. Come on! How difficult is it to figure out this simple fact?:

    - Manmohan Singh: PM of India
    - Pratibha Patil: President of India
    - Chidambaram: HM of India
    - SM Krishna: FM of India
    - AK Anthony: DM of India

    What is common between them all?:

    1- Lack decisiveness
    2- Weak kneed
    3- Loose
    4- Weak willed
    5- Passive
    6- Prefer being steered than steer.

    Sonia Gandhi seems to have smartly chosen puppets that she can easily control and exert pressure on.
     

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