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  1. parijataka

    parijataka Senior Member Senior Member

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    I'd like to see Narendra Modi as PM and see what US does then.Seems like Republican Party Senators are making this proposal.

    Continue denying visa to Narendra Modi: 25 Congressmen urges Hillary Clinton

    WASHINGTON: In a setback to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, a group of 25 American lawmakers have urged the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to continue denying visa to the BJP leader, stating that his government has not adequately pursued justice of the 2002 riot victims.

    "As Mr Modi continues to pursue a potential run for higher office, we believe a change in policy to his request for a visa will only embolden Modi and his government's efforts to obstruct further investigations and the tandem prosecution that have still to be finished to bring the perpetrators to justice," as many as 25 members of the US House of Representatives wrote in a letter to Clinton.

    Dated November 29, the letter addressed to Clinton was released to the press yesterday, by Republican Congressman Joe Pitts and Frank Wolf on the eve of their joint press conference at the Capitol Hill with family members of the victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots.

    "India is a thriving democracy, and one that is aspiring to a high standard of leadership and progress. It is disturbing that certain parties in India are considering elevating Modi, despite his tie to these attacks. Allowing him to enter the United States will only serve to abdicate his responsibility for the 2002 human rights abuses," the Congressmen said.

    Among other prominent lawmakers who signed the letter include John Conyers, Trent Franks, James Moran, Michael Honda, Bill Pascrell, Barbara Lee, Edward Markey, Jim Jordan, Dan Burton, Michael Capuano and Dough Lamborn.

    Observing that the Bush Administration "rightly denied" Modi a visa to enter the United States, the lawmakers said as he is currently seeking support for a possible bid for prime ministership, including meetings with leaders of foreign nations, "we expect" that he may again request entry into the United States.

    "We respectfully request that the US government deny Mr Modi entry due to numerous reports of his involvement in horrific human rights violations in India," the lawmakers said.

    "As you may know, Mr Modi served as the Chief Minister of Gujarat during the 2002 riots that ultimately resulted in the rape of countless women and children, the destruction of homes and businesses and the loss of 2,000 lives," the Congressmen alleged.

    "Non-governmental organizations have alleged that the state government in Gujarat, led by Chief Minister Modi, provided leadership and material support to the perpetrators of these horrific crimes. After their investigation of violence, Human Rights Watch stated that the 'attacks against Muslims (and other religious minorities) in Gujarat have been actively supported by state BJP ( Bharatiya Janata Party) government officials and by the police'," the letter alleged.

    Noting that in the past, the State Department has denied Modi a visa under the authority of the International Religious Freedom Act for his complicity in the riots, the lawmakers said the State Department has stated that the Gujarat government has not adequately pursued justice of the victims of the 2002 violence.

    "As there has been no further resolution to these issues and justice has yet to be fully realized for the victims of the riots, we ask that you continue to deny Mr Modi a visa. As Mr Modi continues to pursue a potential run for higher office, we believe a change in policy to his request for a visa will only embolden Modi and his government's efforts to obstruct further investigations and the tandem prosecutions that have still to be finished to bring the perpetrators to justice," the Congressmen said.
     
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    Re: Continue denying visa to Narendra Modi: 25 Congressmen urges Hilla

    I too urge the United States to keep denying him Visa. If and When BJP comes to power, the first Visa to be cancelled will be of Obama. Reason- flimsy: drone strikes on "innocent" Pakis.

    Then only will there be justice.
     
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    Re: Continue denying visa to Narendra Modi: 25 Congressmen urges Hilla

    It will be interesting to see if they still deny visa to NaMo when he is the PM of India.
     
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    Re: Continue denying visa to Narendra Modi: 25 Congressmen urges Hilla

    @parijataka, as soon as you see Dan Burton's name, you should know who is behind this. Dan Burton is long time Paki supporter and known India basher.

    He is a paid lobbyist for Pakis.
     
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    Re: Continue denying visa to Narendra Modi: 25 Congressmen urges Hilla

    Who cares about USA we are above 1billion people and too ignore India is virtually impossible :)

    Everyone knows that except some "lunatics" out there perhaps with some CONgress support who knows
     
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    Re: Continue denying visa to Narendra Modi: 25 Congressmen urges Hilla

    I believe the US will be pragmatic if and when Narendra Modi becomes PM of India.He just needs to open up Gujarat or some other sector in India for US investment.
    That will shut up the Republicans or Democrats or whoever else has problems.
     
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    Re: Continue denying visa to Narendra Modi: 25 Congressmen urges Hilla

    The 1st line makes me LoL on this media. And glad to see Narendra Modi can influence US politicians. Btw, what'll be consequences if obama would be denied visa.
     
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    Re: Continue denying visa to Narendra Modi: 25 Congressmen urges Hilla

    U.S is a capitalist country full of Hippocrates & nothing moves there with out money . There are lobbyist specialized to campaign for you, if you pay them well.

    Here comes the Cong & Cons company's Hard (haram) Earned money in action. They are spending money like water among lobbyist in US to run the smear campaign against Narendra Modi for his Visa to US. Congress has manged to drive this news from lobbyist at the time Gujarat election.

    US pet British has already accepted Modi so will US that too in near future. Just wait for the election results.
     
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    Re: Continue denying visa to Narendra Modi: 25 Congressmen urges Hilla

    Setback, Blow and some other words are exclusive to NaMo only. :rofl:
    As Yusuf mentioned that this might have Pak connection. I don't understand that why do they poke their nose in everything, First sort your own country then comment on something.

    And US politicians who talks about human rights what are their views on Iraq, Syria, Palestine and Afghanistan killings?
     
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    Re: Continue denying visa to Narendra Modi: 25 Congressmen urges Hilla

    Modi visa ban: US lawmakers back Gujarat riot victims

    A bipartisan group of US lawmakers joined family members of the victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots, including the widow of a former Indian parliamentarian, to seek a US visa ban for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

    Victims of the Gujarat riots will not get any justice if Modi becomes India's prime minister, said Zakia Jafri, widow of former parliamentarian, Ehsan Jafri, who was killed by a mob in Ahmedabad during the riots, at a press conference on the Capitol Hill Tuesday.

    "If he (Modi) succeeds to become the prime minister, my hopes for justice, along with the hopes of hundreds of thousands of Gujarat victims will be lost. I hope and pray that never happens," she said in a statement read out by her son-in-law Najid Hussain.


    "Maintaining the longstanding US policy on Narendra Modi's visa is important for the ongoing struggle for justice in Gujarat," said Jafri's daughter Nishrin Hussain, who has become a US citizen, at the press conference organised by the Coalition Against Genocide ahead of the Gujarat polls later this month.

    Shaik Ubaid, one of the founders of the coalition, said: "The revocation of Modi's visa by the US is the biggest impediment in Modi's grandiose plans for himself including becoming the prime minister of India."

    Four members of the US House of Representatives, Joseph R. Pitts, Frank Rudolph Wolf, Trent Franks and Keith Ellison, who are among 25 US lawmakers seeking a ban on a US visa for Modi, also addressed the press meet.

    Representatives from The Advocates for Human Rights, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom as well as several prominent human rights activists also spoke.

    In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, eight Republican and 17 Democrat Congresspersons, have urged the State Department to "deny Mr. Modi entry due to numerous reports of his involvement in horrific human rights violations in India".

    Earlier this year, Ellison had introduced a House Resolution on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Gujarat riots calling for justice and reparations.
     
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    Re: Continue denying visa to Narendra Modi: 25 Congressmen urges Hilla

    I don't think that it matters if a visa is given or not.

    Economics and trade opportunities is the only way the Mountain shall come to Mohammed!
     

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