Narendra Modi accepts US envoy Nancy Powell's request, meet on Feb 13

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    Narendra Modi accepts US envoy Nancy Powell`s request, meet on Feb 13: Report

    Washington: In a turnaround after years of shunning him over Gujarat riots, the US ambassador to India now plans to meet Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, a report said on Tuesday.

    After European nations and Australia, the US seems to be set to end a boycott of Modi amid growing indications that he will win big in the upcoming General Elections.

    A news agency has quoted a state department official as confirming an appointment between Modi and US Ambassador Nancy J Powell, without specifying a date.

    "We can confirm the appointment (between Modi and Powell)," a State Department spokesperson told a news agency. The request to meet Modi has been made by Powell herself.

    "This is part of our concerted outreach to senior political and business leaders which began in November to highlight the US-India relationship," the spokesperson said.

    According to PTI, the meeting between Powell and Modi is expected to take place on February 13 (Thursday) in Gandhinagar.

    Reports said Powell's request for meeting has been accepted by Modi and exact time and date are being firmed up.

    "Most likely, the meeting will take place on Thursday February 13," a source said.

    Powell apparently wants to discuss with the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate issues related to the upcoming Lok Sabha polls and his vision for the country, sources said.

    Before Powell's formal request, the US embassy officials recently held a meeting with some senior officials of Gujarat government, during which the 2002 riots issue is believed to have been discussed among other subjects. That interaction apparently set the stage for the meeting between Powell and 63-year-old Modi.



    Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP)-US president Chandrakant Patel, meanwhile, welcomed the decision taken by the Obama Administration in this regard.

    "We highly appreciate the decision taken by US President Barack Obama, and Secretary of State John Kerry. This would further help in strengthening of Indo-US relationship," Patel said.

    "Modi is the most popular leader of the country right now. Given that he has been given clean chit by all the courts in India, it was not fair on the part of the US to not to have relationship with Modi," Patel said.

    The Gujarat Chief Minister has been criticised by human rights groups for turning a blind eye to riots in 2002 that killed up to 2,000 people, most of them Muslims.

    In 2005, the United States revoked a visa for Modi under a domestic law that bars entry by any foreign official seen as responsible for "severe violations of religious freedom”, reports AFP.

    Modi has denied wrongdoing and investigations have cleared him of personal blame, although one of his former ministers was jailed for life for instigating the killing of 97 Muslims.

    The United States and India have built a growing relationship since estrangement in the Cold War, with most US lawmakers supportive of ties with New Delhi.

    But Modi has faced opposition from an unlikely mix of left-leaning members of the US Congress active on human rights and conservatives concerned over the status of evangelical Christians.

    A congressional aide said a meeting with Powell would send a signal of US openness on issuing a visa — an issue on which the United States has little way of changing course unless Modi again applies to travel to the United States.

    "A meeting with the ambassador could be a way of signalling, 'You'll get a visa,' without having to say it, which she can't," the aide told the news agency on condition of anonymity.

    Modi has sought to portray himself as a business-savvy leader who can champion India's economy and tackle corruption after a decade of rule by the left-leaning Congress party.

    If elected Prime Minister, Modi would be highly unlikely to experience hassles with travel to the United States, which generally allows visits by leaders of friendly countries. For example, President Barack Obama invited his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta, charged by the International Criminal Court over 2007-8 post-election violence, to a US-Africa summit in August.

    But some US officials are believed to have worried that bitterness over the past visa rejection would cloud relations with Modi if he becomes Prime Minister.

    "Officials at the White House and state department are acutely aware that the prospect of a Modi Prime Ministership would create some real awkwardness for the United States. Here we have a major strategic partner, with whom we have a robust and growing relationship, but whose future leader is not allowed on US soil," said Milan Vaishnav, an India expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

    "A lot of the pressure comes from the private sector, which says that India is a big market for us, it's an area of growth and opportunity, and if our policy doesn't change, US firms could be at a competitive disadvantage compared with European businesses," he added.

    Concerns over personal treatment are not new to the US-India relationship. In December, the two countries went through one of their worst crises in years when US authorities arrested a New York-based Indian diplomat on charges of underpaying her servant and lying on the worker's visa form.

    Indian lawmakers and commentators accused US authorities of humiliating the diplomat through a strip-search. The row abated a month ago when the diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, was allowed to return to India just as she was indicted.

    Both governments have since voiced hope at moving forward. But the United States earlier Monday renewed one rift when it announced it would take India to the World Trade Organisation in hopes of opening up its booming solar power industry.

    (With Agency inputs)


    First Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 08:06
     
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    Re: Narendra Modi accepts US envoy Nancy Powell's request, meet on Feb

    If modi has any sense he would tell them to stick the visa up there ass.
     
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    Good to see Modi being gracious. How the mighty US has been humbled.
     
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    Re: Narendra Modi accepts US envoy Nancy Powell's request, meet on Feb

    true he should said @#@!#$@#$#%% to american ambassdor
     
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    Being humbled is not enough, they need to be taught a lesson so such nonsense is not repeated.

    Due to different civilizational interpretations the term humble is interpreted as weak by the west.
     
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    ‘No issues’ with U.S. envoy meeting Modi: Sharma - The Hindu

    Government has “no issues” over the proposed meeting between U.S. Ambassador to India Nancy Powell and Narendra Modi that would end America’s 9-year boycott of BJP’s prime ministerial nominee, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma said on Tuesday.

    “Ambassadors have a right to meet anyone. We are an open democracy. We have no issues,” Mr. Sharma told reporters on the sidelines of an event.

    In a lighter vein, the Minister said he hoped the development would also help the Gujarat Chief Minister secure a visa to visit the U.S. “one day”.

    “What difference does it (the proposed meeting between Modi and the U.S. Ambassador) make? I hope one day he gets the visa to travel (to the U.S.),” he said.

    The U.S. had cancelled Mr. Modi’s visa in 2005 under its domestic law over “serious violations of religious freedom” and had been maintaining a stiff stance vis-à-vis the BJP leader since. Ms. Powell’s request for a meeting with Mr. Modi is being widely seen as an apparent softening of the U.S. stand.

    Ambassador Powell is likely to meet Mr. Modi in Gujarat capital Gandhinagar on Thursday, marking an end to the boycott of the BJP leader in the aftermath of post-Godhra communal riots in 2002.

    Ms. Powell is likely to discuss with BJP’s prime ministerial nominee issues related to the Lok Sabha elections and his vision for the country.
     
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    Nancy Powell likely to meet Modi tomorrow - The Hindu

    U.S. Ambassador to India Nancy Powell will meet Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, most likely on Thursday in Gandhinagar, said US Embassy and Government sources here on Tuesday.

    The U.S. Ambassador was among the depleting ranks of Western envoys to have maintained a hands-off distance with Mr. Modi although he achieved political salience after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) declared him its prime ministerial candidate for the coming general elections.

    The U.S. justified Ms. Powell’s request for a meeting with Mr. Modi as being part of Washington’s "concerted outreach" to senior political and business leaders that began last November. "We can confirm the appointment," said U.S. Embassy sources here.

    The U.S. has shied away from high profile public contact with Mr. Modi although senior Embassy officials such as the then Political Counsellor Uzra Zeya and now senior U.S. State Department official, have been making frequent trips to Gujarat.

    Gujarat is not only the location of several American start-ups but the site of a multi-billion-dollar site for nuclear power reactors — the biggest single ticket investment opportunity for the U.S. economy in India.

    While the European Union was the first in the Western bloc to end the deliberate isolation of Mr. Modi ever since the Gujarat riots of 2002, the Gujarat Chief Minister has been feted by other countries including a high profile visit to China.

    From Mr. Modi’s perspective, things worsened in 2005 when the US Government not only refused to give him a diplomatic visa, but cancelled his existing visa under the Immigration and Nationality Act. This rarely applied U.S. legislation bars grants of visa to applicants such as convicted war criminal Slobodan Milosevic who might have indulged in severe violation of religious freedom.

    Among the high profile Western envoys who have met Mr. Modi are a group led by German Ambassador Michael Steiner and U.K. High Commissioner James Bevan.
     
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    When our own ppl supporting them then why blame US only. Blame those 65 Indian MPs as well who signed in petition.
     
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    Salman Khurshid invokes 'human rights' in Narendra Modi US meet row - Financial Express



    I was not aware that the official stance of govt of India has changed with regards to Modi's visa row. I know its election year, but he is our minister till next elections. He should have maintained the dignity of India, till he occupies the chair.

    His speech is fit for a Pak propagandist - instead of a minister of Indian govt.
    Maybe, he is preparing for career change after elections.
    RAW - please note there is a potential ISI recruit here (if he already is not).
     
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    :facepalm: :facepalm:
    Salman Khurshid, it seems they constantly forget about 1984 and many others.
    As people have pointed out before....nothing external can harm us, but the people inside.....some of these guys will go to any extent to try and gain a few more votes.
     
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    Good !

    Modi sets conditions, US swallows - meet on third attempt

    New Delhi, Feb. 11: The US made Narendra Modi wait for more than eight years. But in the end, it was the Gujarat chief minister who forced Washington to plead — not once, not twice, but thrice in the past three months before agreeing to terminate a diplomatic spat that began when the US denied Modi a visa in 2005.

    US ambassador to India Nancy Powell will meet Modi on Thursday in Gandhinagar, ending America’s boycott of the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate ahead of the Lok Sabha elections where he is widely viewed as a front-runner.

    But it is the US embassy here that was eventually made to sweat for the meeting by Modi after a series of tense attempts at ice-breaking that failed, Indian and American officials aware of the details of the outreach have confirmed to The Telegraph.

    Modi eventually agreed only to a meet strictly on his terms, the officials said. The location had to be Gandhinagar; the choice of subjects had to be in tune with his national role; and the US had to discomfit his rivals, the Congress-led central government, by obtaining its approval for the meeting even though Modi and Powell could have circumvented the foreign ministry nod.

    The US, left alone in its boycott of Modi for the 2002 Gujarat riots after the European Union and Britain made up with him, accepted the conditions.

    “He got what he wanted, and he got it exactly the way he wanted,” an official said. “In the end, they (the US) were chasing him.”

    Modi first snubbed the US in November, when the American embassy requested a meeting between Powell and him in New Delhi on the margins of a series of rallies he was to hold in the last week of the month leading up to state elections in the capital.

    A meeting on the sidelines of a public event would have helped Washington limit the criticism of an about-turn on its human rights concerns that a full-fledged, one-on-one meet would trigger.

    It would also eliminate the need for Powell to seek prior approval from the external affairs ministry. The foreign office, under diplomatic protocol, only expects to be consulted for pre-scheduled, one-on-one meetings between foreign diplomats and constitutional office-holders in India. The foreign ministry, officials confirmed, was not told about the attempted November meet.

    But Modi refused to meet Powell on the sidelines of any public event in New Delhi, insisting that any meeting take place in his Gandhinagar office.

    The US embassy spokesperson hinted at the November attempt at brokering a truce, but did not comment on details.

    “This (the February 13 meeting) is a part of our concerted outreach to senior political and business leaders that began in November to highlight the India-US relationship,” the spokesperson told The Telegraph.

    The second snub came in December, when US Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo from Barack Obama’s Democratic Party wanted to meet Modi along with five Republican Congressmen. Republican Congressmen had earlier too met Modi, but the presence of a Democrat was meant to signal a thaw from Obama’s party.

    But Modi turned down a meet with the delegation, citing the arrest of diplomat Devyani Khobragade in New York on charges of visa fraud.

    The Gujarat government then told the US embassy that Powell would need the foreign ministry’s approval for a meeting with Modi. The US embassy wrote to the foreign ministry in January, officials said.

    Although Modi and the Congress leadership have traded vitriolic barbs in election campaigning, the government had no reason to block the meeting, and approved it on February 7, officials said.

    When foreign diplomats meet chief ministers, talks usually revolve around investment. But Modi and Powell will talk about India-US relations, in a willing recognition by Washington that he may be Prime Minister in a few months.

    Modi’s snubs appear rooted both in the US delay in breaking the ice with him, and in a specific spat in September 2013.

    The BJP had invited Powell to attend Modi’s rally in Delhi on September 29, but the US embassy indicated that Powell would not be able to attend the event.

    Washington had begun a thaw in ties with Modi that began on November 16, 2010, when then American consul-general in Mumbai Michael Owen met him in Gandhinagar.

    But in September, 2013, the US was still contemplating whether to formally signal an end to its boycott --- a message that would need a meeting between Modi and a senior representative of the Obama administration like the American ambassador to India.

    The European Union’s top envoy in India and the ambassadors of Italy, Germany, Greece and six other European nations had already met Modi earlier in the year. And in October, British high commissioner James Bevan travelled to Gandhinagar to meet Modi, the highest diplomatic contact between the UK and the chief minister since the riots.

    An angry BJP withdrew the September invitation, leaving US officials worried that they may have burnt under-construction bridges with Modi, who had earlier that month been declared the party’s prime ministerial candidate. This Thursday, the reconstruction will start.
     
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    Was not expecting this

    No visa policy change implied by Modi-Powell meeting: US - The Hindu


    The U.S. is effectively holding firm to its 2005 decision to deny the Gujarat Chief Minister an entry visa, a State Department spokesperson said.

    The U.S. State Department on Tuesday clarified that regardless of the meeting scheduled this week between Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Ambassador to India Nancy Powell there was “no change” in Washington’s long-standing visa policy or in its “strong advocacy for human rights around the world”.

    State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki suggested that despite Ambassador Powell’s plans to meet Mr. Modi in Gujarat, the U.S. was effectively holding firm to its 2005 decision to deny Mr. Modi an entry visa.

    At that time the State Department refused to issue Mr. Modi a diplomatic visa under 214(b) of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act and revoked his existing tourist/business visa under Section 212 (a)(2)(g) of the Act, an action linked to concerns about Mr. Modi’s association with the 2002 Gujarat riots, in which thousands were killed as an anti-Muslim pogrom was unleashed on his watch.

    When asked to explain why the U.S. had decided to have its officials meet Mr. Modi after a nine-year hiatus, Ms. Psaki responded, “We are often engaged in concentrated outreach to senior political and business leaders. We began doing that months ago, if not years ago… to highlight and continue our U.S.-India relationship. This is an effort in that engagement.”

    The spokesperson also denied that its senior-most official meeting Mr. Modi scarcely a few months before India holds general elections was any indication that it was taking a position on Indian politics.

    When pressed on this Ms. Psaki said, “We don’t take positions in elections, and certainly this is not an example of us taking a position. It is just a reflection… of us reaching out to a range of individuals from different backgrounds [and] political affiliations, which we do in countries around the world.”

    The official refuted any notion that the meeting linked the U.S. to human rights violations or curtailment of religious freedoms. However she explained that decisions to hold such meetings “don’t always rise up to every highest level,” even if on this occasion “All relevant individuals who needed to weigh in weighed in, and agreed that it was certainly an appropriate meeting to have.”

    Ms. Psaki also echoed the State Department’s past position on the visa issue when she reiterated, “When individuals apply for a visa, their applications are reviewed in accordance with U.S. law and policy. This is not a reflection of any change… We don’t speak to that, given it’s private.” When asked whether lobbying efforts in the U.S. had led to a change in its position on Mr. Modi’s visa, Ms. Psaki replied, “Not at all.”

    On prior occasions the State Department has said that Mr. Modi was “welcome to apply” for a visa and should he do so the application would be evaluated as per U.S. law.
     
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    If that was so, then why go hotfoot to Modi and when refuted twice earlier?

    Check the other thread.
     
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    Court has given clean chit , so what about that ?
     
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    Dont need to do that. They are already scared of defence contracts going EU/Japan and other countries..
     
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    and he should never apply for a yankee visa.
     
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    A/RES/43/48 of 30 November 1988
     
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    I believe that the wife of the Congressman who was killed is still going in for appeal.
     

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