Skip to comments.NDA jeopardising life of Indians in US
Posted on 03/23/2005 9:58:18 PM PST by Gengis Khan
Ahmedabad, March 22: NDA leaders were jeopardising the "life, liberty and livelihood" of Indians residing in America by holding out "veiled threat" to US over denial of visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, according to an NGO.
The conflict between Modi and US State Department has nothing to do with the ordinary people of India or America, Jan Sangharsh Manch, an NGO representing post-Godhra riot victims before the Nanavati Commission probing the riots, said in a release.
"The irresponsible statements by NDA leaders, especially L.K. Advani including his threat to start a sustained agitation on the issue is fraught with serious consequences for the NRIs", it said.
Objecting to NDA's attempts to project the denial of visa to Modi as an issue of "national pride", the Manch said, "the country's name should not be dragged into this murky affair of denial of visa to Modi.
It said Modi comparing the visa denial incident to mahatma Gandhi being thrown out of a train in South Africa, in his address to American Indians in US, was misplaced and mischievous.
BJP flays renewed US decision on Modi
Press Trust Of India Posted online: Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 1212 hours IST
New Delhi, March 22: The BJP on Tuesday condemned the renewed US decision to deny visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and to disassociate the party from the move.
A meeting of the BJP parliamentary party of BJP, chaired by party president L.K. Advani, passed a unanimous resolution which said the US decision was without any basis.
It also regretted and termed as wrong US ambassador to India David C. Mulford's statement that the decision applied only to Modi and not to BJP as an institution or the Gujarati community, party spokesman V K Malhotra said after the meeting.
The resolution was moved by Rajya Sabha member Pyarelal Khandelwal and unanimously endorsed by the House, he said.
Haven't we had enough of this? Next time, deny visas to US World Bank or IMF officials, and we will call it even.
Enough of what?
Unfortunately the NDA is not in power in India to pull the "Tit for Tat"! As for me, I dont really care about junks like Modi or for that matter World Bank or IMF.
BTW: The point is that some here at FR believe that the NDA is "pro-US" and the so called "commies-who-are-in-power" are "anti-US". So much for their belief.
Do NDA supporters always burn stuff down when they get mad?
A Visa for Mr modi
Acting with highest morality
Modi is a fascist and there is a substantial Indian mainstream that is delighted at Modis embarassment
Posted online: Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 0000 hours IST
Does it really insult India and our great democracy, when the USgoing by the it revoking Modis visapointed to the fact that Narendra Modi had violated religious freedom in his state?
I was elated and felt that finally, human voices were speaking out and not remaining silent against the perpetrators of crime. We Five Star activistsas Narendra Modi calls ushave finally been heard. Now we pray that the new Government takes the necessary action in accordance with the rights of the Indian people, so that we are not shamed internationally.
How can we forget what happened in Gujarat, yet find many in the administration in support of a Modi who has been denied a visa by the US? What happened in the 1984 Sikh riotsbeing married to a Sikhhas haunted me since, and what happened in Gujarat sent me on a direct collision course with Modi and his government. Advani, the then Home Minister, and Modi, both protectors and abettors of crime, are now crying out that Indian Pride has been hurt. What about the pain and reign of terror that Modi unleashed on his own state of Gujarat, the heart of economic progress in India, and the state that gave birth to Gandhi.
Let us reflect what Modis action plan was. It was simply to polarise and divide a state along religious lines and ignite the fascist passions of the Hindutva cult that the BJP, RSS and VHP represent. These pseudo-Hindutvas have hurt our magnanimous Indian culture, rich in diversity. They now rally again for an unjust cause, instead of acting in sincerity according to the Indian Constitution.
I have visited the homes and shelters of thousands of members of the riot-ravaged minority in Gujarat, that was left to fend for itself ever since Modi was sent to replace the then CM Keshubhai Patel. There have been so many national and international reports on the systematic attack on the minority population for political gain. Some even pointing out that it was along the lines of genocide. Why has our legal system not acted? Why are the inquiries and commissions not giving us the true picture? Democracy is a great system of governance but when the state and the centre are working together, it is not necessarily morally governed, as Gujarat has shown us. It is a blot on the face of Indian democracy!
It is not that the new UPA Government, under its constitutional obligations, is complacent about the accountability of the Modi administration; rather due to respect for the position. The defensive attitude of the UPA Government in strongly criticising USA is understandable and appreciated as the MEA was not consulted on this issue. This is purely a matter of protocol but by going against this US decision, I strongly feel that the UPA Government is not at all shielding Modis patronage of the Gujarat riots. Therefore, the National Human Right Commission Report should not be ignored and appropriate action, if the report is found to be true, should be taken instantaneously.
Modi is aggressively questioning the US Government and proudly stating that no court of law in India has indicted him. Even when taped conversations of what transpired leading up to the riots, three years ago, have won Ahmedabad-based Indian Express journalist Stavan Desai an award, the proof that exists on the tapes and also with the Nanavati Commission, still lies there unable to nail Modis Plan.
Politicians in India now need to recognise that the electronic media, with its global reach, makes them answerable not only to their own electoral constituents but to Indians globally and international pressure groups also. I must give full marks to the NRI pressure groups that were instrumental in revoking Modis visa. This is a positive development and perhaps, will lead to an urgent shift of prioritisation in domestic policies, and result in our Chief Ministers genuinely fulfilling the needs of their states rather than creating religious discord and divisions along caste lines. India is poised for a quantum leap forward and it is time our political system marches in step with human rights and the great democracy that we represent. For some of us who have been traumatised by the earlier tragic happenings in Gujarat and the pathetic opportunism shown by the political leaders of the state, the rejection of a visa for Modi is just one appropriate consequence of an unjust action.
Let us also agree that there is a substantial Indian mainstream that is delighted at Modis embarrassment. I am one of them and hope that more follows. Even as my mind says that the visa should be granted, my intellect and my heart rejoice.
The writer is a member of the Congress party
Yes. Whenever they get their orders from their Saffron brigade high-command.
"I hope these NDA guys are smarter than that."
---They are. They can read the "Pepsi" and "McDonald" lables.
"Nine out of ten rioters prefer Coke."
--Any idea what they put in it?
She adorns a bindi? Interesting.
A lot of Muslims (Indian Muslims) adorn bindis (dots).
Nafisa Ali has a religion??Now that's news to me!!
Is she an atheist or an agnostic?
I guess bindis have become more of a fashion statement now. Used to signify marital status of women - black single, red married.
"Is she an atheist or an agnostic? "
-That you will have to ask her. The name "Nafisa Ali" suggest she is a Muslim (or at least was born into a Muslim family).
"I guess bindis have become more of a fashion statement now. Used to signify marital status of women - black single, red married."
-Yup. Do the Indies in US put on "bindis"?
Yes, Indians here still do wear bindis. So do some Americans (my wife for example).
Well I really don't have much of a clue on her religious orientation,but I do know that she has got up the noses of the scumbags of who form the AIMPLB more than once & recently with Sangh over Gujarat.
So she has annoyed both the Muslim and "Hindu" fundies? I like that gal........
that would be me!! and you are saying that the commies are pro-US. lol..wow..the world has changed since 1991 /sarcasm
a lot of indian muslims also adorn AK-47s../sarcasm