New Delhi: CPI(M) on Sunday reacted strongly to
the frisking of former President A P J Abdul Kalam at New
York`s JFK Airport and demanded "reciprocal action" against US
"We have said this before. America being America, it will
have its ways. We only want to say that we should go for
reciprocal action. When our ambassador was frisked, we should
do the same with the US ambassador here. Any self-respecting
country would do it," CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat
Karat recalled his visit to Brazil a few years back when
he was "pleasantly surprised" to see that there was a separate
queue for US visitors to that country.
"Only the US citizens were being fingerprinted and
photographed as they do the same to Brazilians (along with all
other visitors) when they visit the US," Karat said.
Kalam, who was not in the US list of Indian VVIPs, was
frisked twice -- including once in the aircraft -- during his
visit to that country. This has led to protests from India.
The US has apologised and asked for a new list of VVIPs
who should not be frisked.