[AI] The blind diplomat

mahendra galani at chello.at
Mon Jul 9 13:11:40 EDT 2007


I am married now second time, and i know, that one man in Bombay
is married  already three time!!



At 03:10 PM 7/9/2007, you wrote:
>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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