Friday, August 7, 2020
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Sweating It Out

Giving interviews under the sun in the middle of  a hot Indian summer can prove to be, quite literally, sweaty business. This is what the new German ambassador to India, Walter J Lindner, must’ve realised after his interaction with the Indian media on Tuesday, shortly after presenting his credentials to President Ram Nath Kovind. Someone in the German embassy, in all wisdom, had decided that the new envoy should give media bytes on the majestic Rajpath that runs between Rashtrapati Bhawan and India Gate since it made for good visuals. What the German staff hadn’t factored in was a scorching sun would do a formally attired (in coat and tie) ambassador no good. But Lindner carried on  speaking to the media regardless of his discomfort. Maybe he is used to the Indian weather, having first travelled to this country as a 20-year-old backpacker in 1976.