Mind your P's and Q's, trim your hair, cut your nails, polish your shoes, wear blazers and a special word of advice for the women, no gaudy saris please //-- just some of the do's and don'ts for Indian security personnel getting ready for the Bush visit.
Tips on how to look and what to talk were given to the squad that provides security to the prime minister and visiting dignitaries along with the special protection group (SPG) over a lengthy two-hour briefing Monday evening.
These 150 men and women would be posted in close proximity to the US president, who lands here Wednesday evening for a three-day visit.
"You have to look smart in front of the US officials because the whole world would be watching us for three days," said a senior officer while briefing the security personnel.
"Wear your best clothes," he said.
So, the drill read out included wearing dark blazers with light coloured shirts, polishing shoes, a neat hair cut and, in case someone looks closely, clean trimmed nails.
Women were given specific instructions too - no slippers, and their best saris with sandals. "Your saris should not be too gaudy," their officer said.
Though getting the look right was important, it was equally crucial to watch every word.
According to sources, the officer said: "If somebody asks you a query and if you think answering the question would be outside your brief, then politely reply in English 'Please speak to my senior officer'. In case you do not know the answer to the query, you must say 'Sorry, I do not know'."
He added that US security men were "smarter and better trained".
"They would be keeping a close watch on our work so we must do our job well and ensure no complaints are made against us."
The Americans must realise that we are also good at our job, he said.
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