Amit Dasgupta appointed envoy to Philippines

Amit Dasgupta
The Indian Consul-General in Sydney, Mr. Amit Dasgupta has been appointed Ambassador to Philippines and he is scheduled to take charge of his new assignment shortly, said a Ministry of External Affairs press release dated 4th April, 2012.
Though Mr. Dasgupta has completed his three-year term, it is not clear whether the posting is result of this rule or something else as Mrs. Sujatha Singh, the High Commissioner has had an extended term of four years before being moved to Germany.
Rumours are rife that this action has been taken following reports of complaints against Mr. Dasgupta by some Sydney community leaders to the Ministry regarding his role in community politics.
It’s learnt that a Ministry spokesman had sent the message to a prominent Sydney-based Cardiologist Dr. Yadu Singh on his Twitter account the day this action was taken.
Earlier, Dr. Singh had commented in his blog about the role being played by some diplomats in Sydney community politics, more specifically in the claims by some community leaders as being the actual persons behind the shift in Labor government’s shift in policy on uranium sale to India.
Dr. Singh has said in his blog that the issue of uranium sale to India has been raised at various forums not by one or two but several community leaders, including himself. In fact, Dr. Singh was the first one to raise the issue on the first public function organised by him in January 2010.
But Dr. Singh points out in the blog that a Western Sydney MP and some other MPs from his party had patronised a couple of “community leaders” as the ones who were instrumental in bringing the turnaround in Labor foreign policy. And, a senior diplomat too got involved in their promotion.
There is a mention in the blog, of an Indian newspaper Express Buzz had played a role in this “politics of claims.” So much so that an individual had sent a link of this newspaper to quite a few influential people as a ‘certificate’ of his claim that “he delivered Uranium to India”. This claim was, however, refuted by the Prime Minister when asked a direct question on the issue by a prominent media person from Sydney.
“Express Buzz” article quotes a senior Indian Diplomat in Australia, attributing credits to two Indians for Uranium decision. Ms Devirupa Mitra, of Express Buzz online newspaper gave a clear indication of this diplomat being male, thus ruling out the former High commissioner, Mrs Sujatha Singh. Other diplomats have reportedly just arrived or not being in Australia that long to indulge in this kind of activity.
Now, whether India gets uranium or not but it has produced several ‘fathers’ and also taken its toll.

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Ashok Kumar is an accomplished journalist with over 38 years of experience in the profession in various capacities. He was a sub-editor in Patriot and later Chief Sub-editor in The Hindustan Times, New Delhi. He has several published articles and reports in Patriot and HT. Published reports in The Blacktown Sun in Sydney. He had also been a tutor in journalism in the University of Western Sydney. He is currently Editor at The Indian Sub-continent Times, Sydney.

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