Adding a name to the ‘most wanted’ list, announcing a few million dollars reward on the information of someone, and giving a red corner notice is just a lip service tool used in international diplomacy. Such a thing happens when a powerful country has a national interest in another country where a person from a third country did something terrible like terrorism or a major fraud.

While the hamburger nation can enter any country and take down the top terrorist, without taking any permission from that target country, we have to follow all the rules and spend years and years in the legal procedures to get the accused, just so that the human rights body should not point a finger on us.

It took more than 10 years to declare a reward on the perpetrators of the 26/11 attack, that too on the anniversary. My question is, why wait for 10 years to show some action? If a fake call centre doing credit card fraud with citizens of another country gets busted, they want that person extradited in a few months. Whereas if an Indian fraudster is caught in another country, they want us to go through all the procedures, allowing the accused to try all the legal options, and once he is exhausted with all the possibilities, it is only then he will be extradited.

There is nothing to lose from the reward announcement, wanted list, or red corner notice. The irony is that the intelligence organisation of that country has full information about his location, but they won’t share it with us. Nor they would allow us to hit that person in his hiding country. Instead, just to show them how they care for the relations between the two countries they would come up with such rewards and notices. It’s all about national interest.

If you ask the Hamburger nation for help against Noodles nation, they would do it immediately, but if you ask any help against Jihadi nation, they would not. The hamburgers did not waste time in backing up India against the adventures by Noodles in Ladakh. Whereas it took them more than 10 years to announce the reward against the Jihadis. This is what I call reward diplomacy.