In trying times, America can learn from Modi

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    ‘In trying times, America can learn from Modi’s policies’ | Niti Central

    A US Congressman who has mounted a campaign to revoke the ban on an American visa for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi says in these “trying economic times” this country “could learn a great deal from him.”

    “Modi has been recognised across the world for his staunch stance against corruption and for making Gujarat a shining example of the successes that pro-growth, limited Government policies can create. In the US’s trying economic times, we could learn a great deal from him. Instead of denying him a visa, we should be inviting him to apply,” Republican Congressman Joe Walsh, who represents Illinois’ 8th district from the Chicago area, told IANS in an interview.

    In recent months at the urging of his particularly vocal Indian American constituents, Congressman Walsh has stepped up his campaign to end the seven-year-old ban by writing to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. In a letter dated June 13, 2012, Walsh said, “The basis on which Modi was denied a diplomatic visa was unfounded and not in compliance with US law.”

    Walsh is known for his strong anti-big Government views and is seen as a favourite of the Tea Party movement, implacably opposed to the Obama Administration generally and President Barack Obama personally. In certain sections of Chicago’s Indian American community, particularly those who support Modi, he is a popular figure.

    The ban on Modi was imposed in 2005 when George W Bush was President and has been continued by his successor Barack Obama. It was imposed under a section of the Immigration and Nationality Act relating to foreign Government officials “who have committed particularly severe violations of religious freedom.” In the case of the Gujarat Chief Minister, the 2002 Gujarat riots were the primary cause that triggered this particular section.

    However, it is Walsh’s argument that Modi “has never been tried nor convicted, as required under this statute, of any religious crimes in any country. Regardless, the statute states that he can be denied a visa only up to 24 months after a conviction. The allegations arose in 2002; it is now 2012.”

    Walsh maintained in his interview that both the Administrations have got this issue wrong. Asked how hopeful he is of a resolution of this case, Walsh told IANS: “I would not be taking on this cause if I were not hopeful that a resolution was possible. This is an important issue to many of my constituents and I plan on seeing it through.”

    He said, “I am aware of the unfortunate violence in the region, but from what I have read and heard, there is no evidence that Modi was behind or supported those actions. In fact, it appears as though Modi has rightly made attempts to try to bring together the Hindu and Muslim groups to ensure that future violence does not occur. A goal everyone shares.”

    Walsh said he has spoken to Modi “briefly by phone.”

    He also said he knows about the (lower court’s) conviction of Modi’s former Education and Child Welfare Minister Maya Kodnani but disagreed that it brought complicity potentially a step closer to the Chief Minister.

    “Modi himself has not been convicted and therefore, as we hold in the United States, he is innocent until proven guilty. If we forbid every leader into this country because someone in his administration was involved in a scandal, the list of foreign leaders eligible to visit would be very small,” he said.

    Asked what in his judgement has compelled the Obama Administration to maintain the ban originally imposed by the Bush Administration, he replied, “Politics. I’m sure President Obama is trying to avoid further antagonising the Pakistanis.”

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  3. W.G.Ewald

    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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    If this country does not unseat its current president in the next election, it won't matter.

    As far as I am concerned, Modi can become a US citizen and become a governor of any state except Louisiana or South Carolina. :)
     
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    chase Tihar Jail Banned

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    No No my god! :shocked: He is a highly valued jewel of India.
    I know the left-liberals and the dhimmis will disagree with me but it is the truth.
     
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    A chauhan "अहिंसा परमो धर्मः धर्म हिंसा तथैव च: l" Senior Member

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    WoT has also killed hundreds of innocent Muslims so should India also ban Bush and Obama? No trial no prosecution for Modi then why this punishment when he is apparently innocent?
     
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    praneetbajpaie Tihar Jail Banned

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    If and when the NDA comes to power, we'll see this so called ban lifted in a jiffy. I can bet the Congress (Indian) has something to do with this.
     
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    If US asked for modi and give them citizenship I will join the group and chant with them "Death to America" because why the hell US wand best of the best from around the world.

    If US will asked for Sonia, her puppy and Congis, I will say "Glory to america", and appreciate their sacrifice for India and indians.
     
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    any one can learn from anyone
     

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