Skip to comments.US ambassador to India Nancy Powell resigns
Posted on 03/31/2014 10:31:58 AM PDT by IndianChief
In a sudden development, US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell on Monday resigned in the midst of general elections in India in which Narendra Modi is perceived to be a front runner for the post of Prime Minister.
The announcement of her resignation to her colleagues in the US mission here today came a week after media reports here that she may be shipped out by the Obama Administration to clean the state with India. Powell has been in India for less than three years.
US Ambassador to India Nancy J Powell announced in a US Mission Town Hall meeting March 31 that she has submitted her resignation to President Obama and, as planned for some time, will retire to her home in Delaware before the end of May, an announcement in the US Embassy website said tonight.
Embassy sources did not want to hazard a guess on the decision of the 67-year-old career service officer to quit her post and return home at a time when India is in an election process and Washington is also deeply interested in its outcome.
There was media speculation a week ago that Powell would be replaced with a political appointee as an attempt by the Obama administration to clean the state with India.
The report had said Powell had dragged her heels on meeting Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and was perceived as being too close to the UPAs foreign policy establishment.
However, when Washington decided to warm upto Modi, who is perceived as one of the front runners for the prime ministers post, Powell met Modi on February 13, ending a nine-year-old boycott of the Gujarat leader on the issue of 2002 post-Godhra riots.
The US move marked a u-turn in its earlier stand of having nothing to do with Modi, whose visa it cancelled in 2005 under a domestic law on the issue of severe violations of religious freedom. Ever since it had refused to review its policy.
Earlier, the EU, and Britain had also ended their boycott of Modi and warmed up to him in the run up to the polls.
Mr Modi has been insulted by the State Dept's gratuitous announcements that he would not be given a Visa even though he had never applied for one. Mr Modi does not forget easily and though American businesses are welcomed warmly in Gujarat (the state of which he is curently the Chief Minister), the official relationship is likely to be formal. In contrast, the Chinese laid out the red carpet for him on his visits there and so did the Japanese, with the Singapore PM some kind of mentor. The Israelis are also old friends and collaborators, having supplied desert farming techniques to Gujarat and hosting him more than once.
In contrast, the liberals in the US ganged up to insult him and last year, lefties at Wharton even managed to get a video address from him on the Indian economy cancelled.
“It has been claimed that Mr Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat, failed to save the lives of nearly 800 Muslims as Hindu mobs lynched and burned them alive in retaliation for an attack on Hindu pilgrims at Godhra.”
Okay, so Hindus can be...as bad as anybody else.
Nota bene, however, the words “in retaliation for an attack on Hindu pilgrims...”
Sorta the way in which the much-maligned Crusades were undertaken in retaliation for many attacks on Christian pilgrims.”
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