Just yesterday, I wrote a comment on Rohin's post (over at the Daily Rhino) about how the US has eased its visa process in order to attract more students from Asia (and India, in particular). Later in the day, however, I found out that one of our students got a raw deal on his visa application to go to the US for a conference; also, he was going to this conference to receive an award!
And, there's more. I just learnt that even an ex-Director of IISc (Prof. Goverdhan Mehta, who stepped down last July) is not immune from this sort of a rough deal. Oh, by the way, Mehta is also a member of the Prime Minister's Scientific Advisory Council.
While I applaud the US consulates in India for being quite democratic in dishing out this treatment, I have to say this is a an utterly stupid way of spreading their democratic ideals.