Diplomacy is a quintessential skill for managing healthy relationships with people around, home or office. This is a huge talent present in few, mostly intelligent ones but for the rest, it needs to be acquired for human networking, however hard the way. One, who is sensitive and understanding of other people and their ideas, beliefs, opinions, is pathologically and invariably sensitive. Figuring out the other person’s thought pattern helps you become brutally diplomat; you will not land yourself in any awkward situation and not invite brouhahas.
Diplomacy is such a life hack that can help you out from a thick soup. Some hilarious instances in the world history are ripe to derive inspiration from such as,
- The infamous interview of Sunny Leone taken by Bhupendra Chaubey where the nudge nudge wink wink about the Porn star turned Bollywood actress came out naked and Chaubey attempted to hog his share of limelight by trying to take Sunny off guard. After a shower of sexist questions, he stooped to the level to embarrass the unflinching Sunny by even asking ‘am I being morally corrupted because I am interviewing you’, to which Sunny replied that if he wanted, she could leave the show at once. A set of very diplomatic yet smart retorts by the bold diva sealed the motoring mouth and eventually earned the entire nation’s respect.
- The 41st president of the U.S – Mr. George Bush once visited Canberra in 1992, where he showed a victory sign to the collected masses while riding past in his vehicle which sparked a controversy because it meant to Aussies what it means to raise the middle finger, to the Americans. Bush, however, in a later speech delivered at the local center of American studies set things straight by laughing it off saying he will start wearing mittens now while abroad.
- Talk about diplomacy and Shahrukh Khan’s reference immediately crosses my mind. He is wittingly diplomatic and in one such incident, when he was detained by the officials of Westchester Airport while en-route Connecticut to give a speech at Yale University, it sparked a diplomatic spat between India and U.S. SRK, however in his characteristic calm handled the situation gracefully, he said “Yes it always happens, it’s nice. Whenever I start feeling arrogant about myself, I always take a trip to America. The immigration guys kick the stars out of stardom.”
- In the recent virtual/legal feud between Kangana Ranaut and Hrithik Roshan, Kangana’s coming-out-of-the-closet yet diplomatic (skillfully avoiding the allegations against her by the media, Hrithik and Adhayan Suman) interview to Barkha Dutt proved that a head strong woman can be both at the same time wild and calm.
- Drawing one incident from my personal experience, I was called fat by my boyfriend in a twisted manner. The diplomatically ridiculous fashion compelled me to revisit my work-out days, he said ‘you ain’t as wafer thin as before but I am still attracted to you’, quite a veiled insult that, eh?
- In the sports turf, five times World Chess champion Viswanathan Anand is one of the categorical diplomats who, in the context of appointing Salman Khan as the goodwill ambassador of the Rio-bound contingent by the Indian Olympics Association, which invited a lot of side-eyes form across the bigwigs of the nation, passed a diplomatic view in his characteristic calm without hurting anybody’s sentiment, he said “We want everyone to get involved and participate but that should not be at expense of sport. It’s not really for me either and or. If the things sportspersons need are addressed then there’s no conflict of involving non-sports people”
- In a recent visit to Iran, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushama Swaraj pulled off a real diplomatic stance to wear hijab in a closed door meeting with Iranian president to appease Islamist sentiments which invited a lot of acerbic jibes from all over India but she settled the political goals all right.
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