Narendra Modi not eligible for diplomatic visa: USA

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  1. SpArK

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    No US visa for Narendra Modi yet, says Blake



    While acknowledging the economic progress and the exponential growth in Gujarat, which has made it an attractive state for investment, United States Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake said that there has been no review on the issuance of a visa for Chief Minister Narendra Modi to travel to America.



    "No, there are no new developments on that. But, Gujarat remains a very important place for American investment. It's shown itself to be a very welcoming environment for American business to flourish. And we'll continue to promote investment, encourage investment into that state," said Blake, the Obama administration's point man for South Asia.



    In March 2005, Modi was denied a visa for his alleged complicity in Gujarat's violence in 2002, which left nearly 2,000 people, mainly Muslims dead. He had applied for a visa to attend the Asian American Hotel Owners Association annual convention where he was to deliver the keynote address.
    Interestingly, the refusal of the visa at the time to Modi came just two days after the visit of then US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to New Delhi . The Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance government had summoned the then US deputy chief of mission at the American embassy in Delhi, who at the time was Blake, and lodged a strong protest over Washington's decision saying it "uncalled for."
    The External Affairs Ministry at the time said, "The action on the part of the US embassy is uncalled for and displays lack of courtesy and sensitivity towards a constitutionally elected chief minister of a state of India ."
    The US embassy had said Modi's tourist and business visa issued in 1998, had been revoked and there was no chance he would be issued a diplomatic visa either. At the time, an angry Modi called the US decision "an insult to the Indian constitution and an attack on Indian sovereignty."
    But the US held firm and did not issue him a visa, saying the decision had been taken under the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act, "under which any foreign government official responsible for serious violation of religious freedom is ineligible for a visa."
    Meanwhile, Blake, who returned from the Maldives after attending the 17th Summit of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation briefing reporters at the US State Department, said, Washington was elated over the continuing rapprochement between India and Pakistan, and the latter's decision to accord India most favored nation trade status.



    No US visa for Narendra Modi yet, says Blake - Rediff.com India News


    Modi should keep away all the US investments in Gujarat . Only the ones who grand visa's should be allowed to do business inside.


    Even multi nationals like PepsiCo inside Gujarat should be irritated to core. Fight fire with fire.














     
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  3. Bangalorean

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    Whether you are a Modi supporter or Modi opposer, as long as you are an Indian, you should not tolerate this.

    No one can deny Visas to elected Indian leaders and get away with it.
     
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    I wonder whether the Congress has the balls to do the same to the American counterparts.
     
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    I m just thinking out aloud, when there was a statement made by Obama in India, he had said India should do more in the global arena, like bring peace in Myanmar which was seeing internal suppression. When this comment was made MEA and other organisers including our elected representatives in the UPA were silent. Only Govt officials from other dept, did come out to speak something which though significant, made no feathers ruffle.

    Another case-point, when Annaji decided to fast, and permission was removed for the past, the USA made a statement that it would like India to do more on that issue as a democratic country.

    And when this statement was made our tiwari saar, was the first to come out and make a public statement asking USA to mind it' own work.

    BOTTOMLINE: UPA CARE MORE FOR THE PARTY THAN THE COUNTRY ITSELF.
     
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    Modi's Gujrat too tempting for US

    The U.S. has said that there is no change in its visa policy with regard to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, and asserted that the state has a very welcoming environment for American business to flourish.

    “No, there are no new developments on that,” Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake told reporters here when asked if there is any review of giving visa to Mr. Modi.

    The U.S. has previously denied visa to Mr. Modi, apparently holding him responsible for the communal riots in Gujarat in 2002.

    Mr. Blake, however, said Gujarat itself remains a very important place for American investment.

    “I think it has shown itself to be a very welcoming environment for American business to flourish,” he said.

    “We will continue to promote investment, encourage investment into that State,” he said.

    Mr. Blake said the U.S. is now trying to build its relationship with Indian States.

    “We recently have begun an effort to try to enhance state-to-state ties between our two countries — Special Representative Rita Jo Lewis recently made a trip to India with that in mind — because we believe there are quite significant opportunities for individual American states to do more with their Indian counterparts,” Mr. Blake said.

    “Indeed, there’s quite a lot of dynamism at the state level in India, so we want to just try to capture that, and again, encourage those state-to-state and city-to-city links.

    So I think you’ll see more of that in our relations over the next several years,” said the U.S. official.


    The Hindu : Business News : Modi’s Gujarat too tempting for U.S
     
  8. utubekhiladi

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    we will see what gringos will say if he becomes next PM ..

    :pound: :pound:
     
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    They will not say but they will act. Their fighter planes will escort plane of Indian PM and will give Red carpet welcome to him .:D
     
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    Grant diplomatic visa to Modi: Lawmaker to Hillary

    A US lawmaker has asked the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to reconsider the government's decision against issuing a diplomatic visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi , drawing strong reactions from the Indian American Muslim community here.

    Congressman Joe Walsh, a right wing conservative Republican and a tea party favourite has written a letter to Clinton, requesting her to consider granting a diplomatic visa to Modi.

    The letter attracted strong reaction from the Indian American Muslim community who on Tuesday demanded that the State Department should not change its 2005 policy on Modi's visa .

    Clinton is yet to respond to the letter, which was written by Congressman Walsh more than a fortnight ago, but sources in the State Department said there has been no change in its policy with regard to Modi's visa and would not change till the matter is sub-judice.

    Taking a strong objection to the effort of Walsh, the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) alleged that the Congressman's letter is factually incorrect.

    "It is unfortunate that a sitting member of the US Congress should attempt to make a case based on ignorance of the law which was amended in September 2009, specifically to remove the 24-month restriction," IAMC president, Shaheen Khateeb, said.


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    If Modi would get the visa, gujarat congi leaders and Gujarati newspapers are gonna shitting in their pants....:rofl:
     
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    trackwhack Tihar Jail Banned

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    Just for this one reason, I would love to see Modi as PM. Just to see how the US Gov deals with it. If they stick to their stand - much respect to the US and hurray for India, the defining partnership of the millennium will go down the toilet.
     
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    Time is coming when US govt.will spread the red carpet for Modi.
     
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