[AI] The blind diplomat

Atul R Sahay arsahay at accessindia.org.in
Mon Jul 9 09:48:02 EDT 2007


A correlation between marriage and blindness?
I read in statistics once that we can show some correlation enen by plotting 
our shoe size with IQ. It doesn't mean "cause and effect relationship" by 
any stretch of imagination.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dr. Vipin Malhotra" <malhotravipin at yahoo.com>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Monday, July 09, 2007 6:40 PM
Subject: Re: [AI] The blind diplomat


> The very basis are mythical!
> There are instances where blind persons have married
> not only once but so
> many times.
> Its an issue of attraction  not of accessibility!
> Atleast I never faced such
> dearth in my life, whether the occasion is of getting
> married or making girl
> friends.
> With love and regards,
> Vip
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "rajesh asudani" <rajeshasudani at rbi.org.in>
> To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
> Sent: Monday, July 09, 2007 3:07 PM
> Subject: Re: [AI] The blind diplomat
>
>
>> Yes, I do also inclined to hold the same opinion,
> even David Blunket seems
>> not to have married!
>>
>> Exclusion is ubiqutous.
>>
>> Rajesh
>> ----- Original Message ----- 
>> From: "dr.u.n.sinha narain" <drunsinha at gmail.com>
>> To: "Geetha Shamanna" <geetha at millernorbert.de>;
>> <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
>> Sent: Monday, July 09, 2007 1:28 AM
>> Subject: Re: [AI] The blind diplomat
>>
>>
>>>i met mr. rabby. i saw his capacities, when i met
> him in lucknow.
>>> since he is transferred from india, i could not
> contact him, as i do
>>> not have his e mail now. my questionis the gentle
> man is so qualified
>>> but why he has not married? is it general blind
> problem everywhere?
>>> regards
>>> drun
>>>
>>> On 7/8/07, Geetha Shamanna
> <geetha at millernorbert.de> wrote:
>>>>      The Saturday Profile
>>>>
>>>>                  A U.S. Diplomat With an
> Extraordinary Global View
>>>>
>>>>      By [4]MARC LACEY
>>>>
>>>>      PORT OF SPAIN, [5]Trinidad
>>>>
>>>>      AS chief of the political section at the
> American Embassy here for
>>>> the
>>>>      last two years, Avraham Rabby has had the job
> of surveying
>>>> Trinidads
>>>>      political landscape for Washington.
>>>>
>>>>      The fact that he has not actually seen the
> Caribbean island or any
>>>> of
>>>>      the places on five continents where he has
> been posted has not
>>>> stymied
>>>>      him.
>>>>
>>>>      I necessarily listen more than a sighted
> person would, he said. If
>>>> Im
>>>>      walking along a street, I can tell there is a
> building next to me
>>>>      because of the echoes of my feet or my cane.
> A blind person sees
>>>> the
>>>>      world differently from a sighted person. Our
> impressions are no
>>>> less
>>>>      valid.
>>>>
>>>>      Mr. Rabby, who lost his sight at the age of 8
> because of detached
>>>>      retinas, is the State Departments first blind
> diplomat. It is an
>>>>      achievement he fought for in the 1980s,
> passing three written
>>>> entrance
>>>>      exams and two oral exercises along the way.
> But even then, the
>>>> State
>>>>      Department barred him from the diplomatic
> corps.
>>>>
>>>>      You dont ask a blind person to drive a bus or
> be a bank teller,
>>>> George
>>>>      S. Vest, who was the personnel director for
> the Foreign Service,
>>>>      explained in a 1988 interview. There are jobs
> which are dangerous
>>>> or
>>>>      unsuitable for them. And in the Foreign
> Service, were full of jobs
>>>>      like that.
>>>>
>>>>      The department contended that diplomats,
> blind ones included, had
>>>> to
>>>>      be able to work anywhere in the world and to
> work with confidential
>>>>      documents without any outside aid. In
> addition, State Department
>>>>      officials said, diplomats had to be able to
> pick up on nonverbal
>>>> cues,
>>>>      such as winks or nods, which can sometimes
> have more meaning than
>>>> the
>>>>      words being uttered.
>>>>
>>>>      But Mr. Rabby illustrated another essential
> quality of diplomats:
>>>>      perseverance. No international treaty has
> ever been decided on the
>>>>      basis of a wink or a nod, he retorted, after
> hiring a lawyer and
>>>>      challenging the State Departments policy,
> which dated from the 18th
>>>>      century.
>>>>
>>>>      Aiding Mr. Rabbys effort was a federal law
> barring the government
>>>> from
>>>>      disqualifying prospective employees because
> of disabilities.
>>>>      Eventually, after the news media and Congress
> found out about his
>>>>      case, the State Department reversed course.
> The new policy would
>>>>      consider disabled diplomats on a case-by-case
> basis. Mr. Rabby
>>>> became
>>>>      case No. 1.
>>>>
>>>>      In 1990, he was off to London, where he was
> posted at the embassy
>>>>      there as a junior political officer. He moved
> next to Pretoria,
>>>> South
>>>>      Africa, where [6]Nelson Mandela had just been
> freed from prison and
>>>>      where Mr. Rabby witnessed the countrys first
> free elections. It was
>>>>      one of the most stimulating experiences in my
> life, he said, noting
>>>>      that he was one of the embassys election
> observers.
>>>>
>>>>      People ask me how I can assess a political
> rally if I cant see it,
>>>> he
>>>>      said. I tell them that I listen to the crowd
> and to the speakers.
>>>> You
>>>>      can sense what is going on.
>>>>
>>>>      He spent time in Washington at the State
> Departments Bureau of
>>>> Human
>>>>      Rights, and in postings in Lima and New
> Delhi. During a stint at
>>>> the
>>>>      United States Mission to the [7]United
> Nations, he helped write
>>>>      resolutions dealing with literacy, global
> health and the rights of
>>>> the
>>>>      disabled.
>>>>
>>>>      His final posting he retired at the end of
> June at the mandatory
>>>>      retirement age of 65 was to Port of Spain,
> where he became an
>>>> expert
>>>>      in Trinidads political system, which has long
> been divided between
>>>>      parties, one predominantly Afro-Trinidadian
> and one
>>>> Indo-Trinidadian.
>>>>
>>>>      When journalists descended on Trinidad
> recently in search of
>>>>      information on the suspected plot to set off
> a bomb at a fuel line
>>>> at
>>>>      Kennedy International Airport that was traced
> back to this
>>>> Caribbean
>>>>      island, he became one of the officials to
> talk to.
>>>>
>>>>      A diplomat does a lot of writing, a lot of
> reading, a lot of
>>>> thinking,
>>>>      a lot of talking and has to attend a lot of
> meetings, he said.
>>>> Thanks
>>>>      to technological advances and a full-time
> assistant, Mr. Rabby
>>>> could
>>>>      do all of those things too.
>>>>
>>>>      He wrote his cables to Washington using a
> machine that wrote in
>>>>      Braille. He then read them back to his
> assistant, Rhonda Singh, who
>>>>      typed them up. He also had a computer with a
> speech program that
>>>>      allowed him to listen to his e-mail messages.
>>>>
>>>>      As for tracking news developments, Ms. Singh,
> an American citizen
>>>> who
>>>>      lives in Trinidad, read him the local papers.
> I was basically his
>>>>      eyes, she said.
>>>>
>>>>      BORN in Israel, Mr. Rabby, who is known as
> Rami, was sent to live
>>>> with
>>>>      an aunt in England at the age of 10 because
> his parents believed
>>>> there
>>>>      were better schools for the blind there. A
> Hebrew speaker, he
>>>> quickly
>>>>      mastered English at Worcester College for
> Blind Boys.
>>>>
>>>>      I remember the headmaster used to go out and
> speak to groups about
>>>> the
>>>>      school, and he used to say that we teach our
> boys to stand on their
>>>>      own two feet and, if necessary, to step on
> yours too, Mr. Rabby
>>>>      recalled.
>>>>
>>>>      He went off to Oxford, where he studied
> French and Spanish. Finding
>>>> a
>>>>      job after college proved a challenge. Time
> and time again I met
>>>>      recruiters who felt that a blind person could
> not work in
>>>> management,
>>>>      he said in the British accent that he has
> never lost.
>>>>
>>>>      Eventually, he joined Ford Motor Company in
> Britain, where he
>>>> worked
>>>>      in human resources. After about a year, he
> moved to the United
>>>> States
>>>>      and earned an M.B.A. at the [8]University of
> Chicago.
>>>>
>>>>      After graduation in 1969, he sought out a
> management training
>>>> program,
>>>>      but had few offers after dozens and dozens,
> if not hundreds of
>>>>      interviews.
>>>>
>>>>      He finally landed a job with a management
> consulting firm, Hewitt
>>>>      Associates, and later moved to Citibank. He
> also spent time as an
>>>>      independent consultant, writing a number of
> employment guides,
>>>>      including one giving advice to blind job
> seekers.
>>>>
>>>>      One of my problems in my working life, after
> a few years I get a
>>>> bit
>>>>      tired of what I am doing and I want to
> change, said Mr. Rabby, who
>>>>      became an American citizen in 1980.
>>>>
>>>>      It was while living in New York that he
> decided to make the jump
>>>> into
>>>>      international relations, a longtime interest.
> The State Departments
>>>>      regular rotations of its diplomats proved a
> perfect fit.
>>>>
>>>>      His fight to join the Foreign Service has
> helped others along the
>>>> way.
>>>>      There are now four blind Foreign Service
> officers stationed around
>>>> the
>>>>      globe, the State Department said, among about
> 170 disabled Foreign
>>>>      Service employees overseas.
>>>>
>>>>      MR. RABBY said blind Foreign Service officers
> had recently been
>>>>      restricted from adjudicating visa
> applications because of their
>>>>      inability to verify photographs and
> signatures of applications.
>>>>
>>>>      Mr. Rabby, who attributes the decision to the
> increased
>>>> restrictions
>>>>      after the Sept. 11 attacks, said he did visa
> work at the start of
>>>> his
>>>>      career in London, with the assistance of a
> reader, who verified
>>>>      documents for him. He asked the questions and
> assessed the
>>>> responses.
>>>>
>>>>      The State Department is not yet completely on
> the side of the
>>>> angels,
>>>>      he said. A State Department official disputed
> that there was a
>>>> policy
>>>>      in place restricting the assignments of blind
> diplomats. Decisions
>>>> on
>>>>      assigning personnel, the official said, are
> made on a case-by-case
>>>>      basis in accordance with the law.
>>>>
>>>>      Even before Mr. Rabby headed out into the
> world as a diplomat, he
>>>> was
>>>>      already testifying before Congress on his
> quest for the job. He
>>>> said
>>>>      back then that he did not want to be put in a
> pigeonhole as a blind
>>>>      diplomat.
>>>>
>>>>      Blind people are as different from one
> another as sighted people,
>>>> he
>>>>      told members of the House Foreign Affairs and
> Civil Service
>>>> Committees
>>>>      in 1989. There is no such thing as a category
> labeled, blind.
>>>>
>>>>      Prior Beharry contributed reporting.
>>>>
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