After the return of the senior Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, US embassy official Wayne May and his wife were deported. But they did not leave just like that. They have left a trail of unpleasing comments behind them that they had posted long back even before the Khobragade case emerged.
Although the USA has distanced itself from their comments, they have not been taken in good health here. The couple, in a Facebook post, they said, their pet dog Paco looks bigger and in better health than their Indian gardener. On this, Mr May commented that their dog got more protein than him.
In a separate post over an Indian textbook, which said that eating meat may lead to more crimes of sexual nature, Mrs May (working as a liason officer) said,"It's the vegetarians that are doing the raping, not the meat eaters - this place is just so bizarre." When another FB user joked that he had never raped anyone, Alicia said."it only applies to Indians, not the westerners."
Flinging further insults at the Indian culture, Alicia posted the picture of an Indian cow and called it a "stupid cow". On someone commenting that she had just insulted the Indian culture, she retorted,"this is not the first time and not the last one."
Distancing itself from the comments, the state department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf said,"Those comments absolutely do not reflect US government policy, nor were they made on any official US government social media account."
According to an NDTV report, May criticized the living conditions in an interview in 2011. He had said,"Challenges in India include unhealthy living conditions like air and water pollution, the threat of disease and sickness, bad traffic and everything else that one would associate with a developing country with a population of over 1.2 billion".
Heading the security team in the American Embassy, Wayne May was instrumental in evacuating the Ms Richards' (Devyani Khobragade's maid) family, just a few days before the diplomat was arrested.