India’s first secretary at the United Nations, Sneha Dubey, is being applauded by social media for her response to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s speech on the issue of Kashmir. Dubey exercised India’s right to reply at the UN General Assembly to respond to Khan, who had spoken at the UN about the death of separatist leader Sayeed Ali Shah Geelani, who was also a three-time MLA from Sopore and also spoke against India’s decision to scrap article 370 that took away Jammu & Kashmir’s special status.
Responding to Khan’s speech Sneha Dubey called Pakistan a country that is an arsonist disguising itself as a firefighter. “Pakistan nurtures terrorists in their backyard in the hope that they will only harm their neighbours. Our region, and in fact the entire world, has suffered because of their policies,” she said, further accusing Pakistan of trying to cover up sectarian violence in their country as acts of terror.
— India at UN, NY (@IndiaUNNewYork) September 25, 2021
An IFS officer of the 2012 batch, Dubey reaffirmed India’s stance on Kashmir, saying that the entire Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh “were, are and will always be an integral and inalienable part of India.” She also added that this included the areas that are under the illegal occupation of Pakistan. “We call upon Pakistan to immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation.”
Dubey’s speech is being applauded for its clarity and for presenting India’s strong stance to the neighbouring country. Her name began trending on Twitter, on September 25, as a clip of her speech began doing rounds on social media.
Check out some reactions from Twitter to Sneha Dubey’s UN Speech:
"An arsonist disguised as a firefighter
The least it can do is introspect before they ridicule themselves on the world stage"
~Sneha Dubey reply to Imran Khan on Kashmir
— Shoronjeet Banerjee (@shoronjeet16) September 25, 2021
The address by Sneha Dubey at UN General Assembly was awesome.
— Ashish Kumar Chandan (@Ashish94374) September 25, 2021
Voice filled with pride, exactly to the point and blatantly ruthless 🔥
So proud of you Sneha Dubey, you have a long way to go.pic.twitter.com/vOHWDtvp3u
— 💙 (@Awantik_a) September 25, 2021
Who is Sneha Dubey?
Sneha Dubey is the daughter of a school teacher, her father is a multinational company employee. Graduating from Pune’s Fergusson College, Dubey completed her MPhil from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. She is the first person from her family to join government services, having cleared the civil services exam in 2011, that too in her first attempt. Her first appointment came in 2014 with the Ministry of External Affairs, following which she was posted in Indian Embassy in Madrid, Spain.