Sarah Palin Gets Cold Shoulder From Indian Govt.

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NEW DELHI—India snubbed Sarah Palin on her recent visit to the country, Tehelka weekly reports. The 2008 GOP candidate for vice-president was in the country to speak at an annual conference organized by the India Today media group. Previous speakers had included Bill Clinton and Al Gore.

But the U.S. Embassy's request for "adequate protocol"—including an official-in-waiting and hooting escort vehicles—was ignored by India's Ministry for External Affairs. This was apparently meant to show India's continued displeasure at "racial profiling" of Indians at American airports, including India's ambassador to the U.S., Meera Shankar, who was patted down during a visit to Mississippi last December, and its Permanent Representative at the U.N., Hardip Puri, who was asked to remove his turban d for security reasons. Despite its protests, there has been no let up in these incidents, India complained.

Nor was Palin granted an audience with either India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh or External Affairs Minister SM Krishna. This was in marked contrast to her reception in Israel, where she traveled after she left India. During her two-day visit to that country, she had dinner with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his official residence in Jerusalem.