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    Posted: 18 March 2005 at 3:22pm
US denies Indian politician entry
A controversial Indian right-wing politician has been banned from entering the US for alleged violation of religious freedom.


The US revoked the visa of Narendra Modi, the chief minister of the Indian state of Gujarat, which was hit by religious riots in 2002.

More than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed in the violence, the worst in decades.

Rights groups blamed Mr Modi for doing little to prevent the violence.

'Insult'

Mr Modi said the US had "insulted" India by revoking his visa, and asked the federal government to take up the matter with US authorities.

The US revoked Mr Modi's 'tourist/business' visa under a law that makes "any government official who was responsible for or directly carried out at any time, particularly severe violations of religious freedom, ineligible for a visa".

Granting visa is the sovereign right of any state but the manner in which it was done and reasons given are unacceptable
Yashwant Sinha, BJP leader

Mr Modi's request for a diplomatic visa was also turned down because the purpose of his visit to the US did not qualify him for such a visa, a spokesman for the US embassy in Delhi told the BBC.

The main opposition Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to which Mr Modi belongs has criticised the US decision.

Senior BJP leader and former foreign minister Yashwant Sinha said the Indian government should take up the issue "strongly" with the US government.

"Granting visa is the sovereign right of any state but the manner in which it was done and reasons given (for denial of visa to Mr Modi) are unacceptable," Mr Sinha told journalists.

Resolution

Earlier this week, two US congressmen introduced a resolution in the US House of Representatives criticising Mr Modi's conduct during the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Congressmen John Conyers and Joe Pitts accused Mr Modi of carrying out religious persecution against Muslims, Christians and indigenous tribals.

"Our government should speak with one voice in condemning these policies and the actions of the Modi administration that has led to the death, torture and imprisonment of thousands in Gujarat," Mr Pitts said.

The Gujarat chief minister, who belongs to the Hindu nationalist BJP, was due to speak at several events organised by the Indian community in the US.

His actions during the riots came under severe criticism from human rights groups and independent observers, but he continued to remain in office and even won re-election later that year.

Three years after the violence, no one has been brought to justice.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote fezziwig Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 March 2005 at 8:07pm

Just as a personal point of view I think it's silly to deny visa to a guy unless he represents some kind of threat. Symbolic acts don't usually work well and often backfire, as this one may.

By contrast, gerry Adams was simply snubbed by the whitehouse, which makes some sense as you don't want to do anything that legitimizes the IRA terrorism.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Nausheen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 March 2005 at 5:27pm

I would still say that this was a sensible decision of USA, because  so many muslims who live there, consider this man (Modi) is a criminal. he was being invited to be recognised for his behaviors in Gujrat, which outraged the muslims.

This decision was apparently made after a petion signed by muslims and human rights groups.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ZamanH Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 March 2005 at 9:01am

As Salaam Alaikum,

I don't like what Modi has done to the Muslims in Gujrat. But Americans have been even worse to the Muslims in the past. I don't think it makes sense to call the Americans for refereeing. Americans act only according to their interest, whether that harms or benefits others.

Almost all the political parties in India which are strongly against Modi, are opposing the U.S action. I think Muslim should side with the Indians in protesting against the U.S for meddling in their internal matter.

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Originally posted by ZamanH ZamanH wrote:

 I think Muslim should side with the Indians in protesting against the U.S for meddling in their internal matter.

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Walaikum assalam,

Not giving out visa, is very much a US matter, and NOT Indian internal matter.

As I said in the above post, this denial of visa came out as a result of a petition signed by muslims living in US and Canada.

Modi was being invited by the some hotel organization, to award him for what he has done for the Gujratis .... this the muslims saw offensive, and appealed to the US government.

If denying visa is anyone's internal matter it is the US' and not the Indian ...

 

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Whisper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 March 2005 at 11:31pm

Not just that WE SHOULD SIDE with the Indians on this matter alone.

Indians are a good 220 times more human than the Amreekans.

Plus we must support the Indians against recent US bullying on the Gas Pipeline. Who we deal with in our region is OUR BASIC HUMAN RIGHT. US is building up against their next targets in the usual gangsterlike fashion through the state department and their corrupt media.

INDIA AND ALL OUR REGION HOLDS EVERY RIGHT TO DEAL WITH WHO WE LIKE. US CAN JUST NUKE ITSELF.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ZamanH Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 March 2005 at 8:14pm
Originally posted by Nausheen Nausheen wrote:

If denying visa is anyone's internal matter it is the US' and not the Indian ...

 

The reason cited for denying Modi a visa, were related to his acts in India (not in the U.S). Therefore, denial of visa to Modi no longer remains an internal issue of the U.S. Indians are outraged at the U.S belief that it can judge people who don't live in America.



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