A previous president of the East India Company made a deal with the Mughal court so that British subjects wouldn’t have to bow at the waist with their head in one hand when meeting the Emperor, as every other single person is expected to do. Instead they are allowed to salute him. I’m not sure if the British realize just how insulting this must be, in this context, given that I’m pretty sure a simple salute wouldn’t be enough for the British king. It’s possible the Indians don’t realize the double standard at work either. Like Vani, if I was there, this discrepancy would make me feel very uncomfortable.