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Hillary in Delhi

The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport amid multi-layered,Z+++ security — similar to that provided for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh — around noon on Sunday.

Written by Geeta Gupta |
July 20, 2009 9:28:57 am

Security check
The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport amid multi-layered,Z+++ security — similar to that provided for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh — around noon on Sunday. While the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) guarded the runway Clinton’s aircraft landed on,her plane is being handled in the technical area of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
While the IAF is providnig technical support to Clinton’s convoy and aircraft,inside the airport,layers of security were provided by the Security Wing of the Delhi Police till the periphery of the airport as well as by sleuths of the Intelligence Bureau. The CISF has been deployed at vantage points for Clinton’s landing and take off. Apart from that,the airport police will perform its regular role of providing city-side security.

Green agenda
Hillary Clinton,who has popularised her outfit through the phrase “sisterhood of the travelling pants”,was dressed in a crisp turquoise blue suit when she visited the ITC Green Building in Gurgaon. Sources have revealed that despite jetlag,she was very much on the go — a “strong,durable woman”. Alwyn Noronha,the ITC project manager who was responsible for the tour,told Newsline that Hillary’s sense of humour was “spot on”. They spoke on women’s empowerment and the ITC’s involvement in villages. Noronha was keen on pointing out Indian women’s advancing roles through provision of salary,education and nutrition,to which a jovial Hillary responded with,“that’s what a woman ought to be”.
The staff at ITC,who were keen on meeting the celebrity,were overcome by her warmth. Clinton recently injured her right arm and sources have revealed that the arm is still stiff; she greeted most with her left arm. Catering for the event was from the Maurya. The staff said Hillary requested for organic food and was served a quick high-tea. Though the event ran late,the welcome was extravagant,with women dressed in traditional Kashmiri,Maharashtrian and North Indian clothing. Traditional music echoed inside the headquarters of ITC,and a staff member welcomed Hillary Clinton with a garland.

The entourage
Before Hillary Clinton arrived at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute,US security agents were there in their dark suits,signature black sunglasses and microphones. The sniffer dogs were there as well,sniffing everything that made its way into the fields where Clinton was to deliver a speech.
Half-a-kilometre away from the dais,someone had parked their car where it was decided that Clinton’s cavalcade would be parked. First,Delhi Police officials announced that the owner of the car was requested to move it a little bit. Every one looked at each other but no one moved. The cop asked again,this time more sternly.
Finally,an American agent came over and announced to the small gathering of people: “Get you car out or we shall ram it with our truck.”
Later,someone said that it belonged to an employee of the department and was parked elsewhere.

Dilli darshan
After a packed day,Hillary decided to take a breather and landed at Dilli Haat,opposite the INA Market,around 5.30 pm,on her way back from the Pusa Institute. Though she barely spent 10 minutes at the tourist hotspot,local visitors were kept away for over an hour from the vicinity. And did she buy anything? “She just looked around and left in a hurry. We don’t have any festival scheduled for this time of the month,” an official at the Haat said.

Desi flavour
Hillary has been staying at the Taj Palace but she walked in next door at the ITC Maurya Sheraton to eat at Bukhara,her “favourite Indian restaurant in the world”. Getting there around 8.30 pm,she ordered most of the signature dishes — dal bukhara,murg malai,seekh kabab,paneer tikka,raita,naan and some others — and had kulfi for dessert. She,however,didn’t order from the “Clinton Platter” or the “Chelsea Platter”,named after the former first family of the US.

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