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India's Narendra Modi: Too big to ban?

UK breaks ice with Narendra Modi despite lingering questions about Gujarat riots
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The UK government has ended its freeze-out of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, signaling that the Bharatiya Janata Party leader may be getting "too big to ban" as he edges closer to becoming his party's nominee for the prime ministerial race. The next question: Does this mean the US will rethink its decision to deny a visa to the man whom many still accuse of preventing police from interceding in the deadly Gujarat riots of 2002?

"On Monday, British High Commissioner James Bevan travelled to Gandhinagar and met Modi, signalling a 're-engagement' with Gujarat under Modi and ending a 10-year freeze and a virtual ‘boycott’ over the 2002 riots in which, among others, three Britons of Gujarati origin were killed," FirstPost.in reported.

But even though the website argues this indicates "Western powers in economic decline are beginning to clamber down from the pedestal of the high moral ground" they adopted with regard to Modi, the UK's Bevan hastened to claim that re-establishing ties with the controversial leader doesn't amount to an endorsement.

“I don’t agree with your perception that we are rehabilitating Mr Modi,” FirstPost quoted Bevan as saying. “This engagement is not about endorsement.” If anything, he added, this was a “re-engagement” with Gujarat as a whole – and not with any individual. ”If we need to engage with some state, we need to engage with the chief minister of the State and Mr Modi is the democratically elected leader of Gujarat.”

In August, Maya Kodnani, an ex-minister and aide to Modi, was sentenced to 28 years in jail for her part in murdering 97 people during the Hindu-Muslim violence of 2002, the BBC reported earlier. More than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed during the riots, which broke out after 60 Hindu pilgrims died in a train fire blamed on Muslims in the Gujarat town of Godhra.

Subsequently, Modi has faced repeated allegations charging him with preventing the police from taking action until much of the carnage was over, though he has always denied those charges and an Indian court has ruled in at least one instance that there is not enough evidence to prosecute him.

So far, the US is holding its ground, but that will change in a heartbeat if Modi becomes the Indian PM, the website said, citing an unnamed US diplomat.

Already some US lawmakers have urged the US administration to re-orient its official policy towards Modi, including Congressmen Joe Walsh.

“If Modi becomes Prime Minister, the travel ban will naturally be forgotten," a Washington-based diplomat told the website. "We can’t block a head of state from attending say the annual session of the United Nations general assembly. If Modi becomes India’s prime minister, we will have to put out the red carpet for him.”

That's by no means a foregone conclusion, considering Modi faces opposition within his own party and might make forging alliances with regional leaders such as Bihar's Nitish Kumar and Orissa's Naveen Patnaik more difficult.  But the reversal begs the question: Does the UK know something we don't?  

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/india/gujarat-narendra-modi-UK-visa

Aalap Patel More than 1 year ago
Chief minister Narendra Modi didn't spell out any apology for the 2002 riots, during his speech. But he gave indication that he wants this history to be buried. Addressing people before starting his fast on Saturday, Modi asked them to forget the past and be part of the development spree. His choice of words and tone of speech were aimed at conveying a sense of regret, especially to the Muslim community.
Dan More than 1 year ago
Truth behind Narendra Modi US Visa denial : The US politician Joseph Pitt who applied for visa ban in year 2005 was later exposed by FBI to have link with Pakistan ISI and receive money from ISI. Here is the link. Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_R._Pitts " In July 2011, Joseph Pitts was revealed, in course of an FBI investigation, to have accepted tainted funds traced to the intelligence services of Pakistan. These funds were routed through the so-called Kashmiri American Council (KAC), run by Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, who was convicted of several felonies by the Federal government." Check the truth your self.
Samit2309 More than 1 year ago
UK's purported re-engagement indicates three things.. 1)UK and by extension US and possibly others believe UPA and Congress is on its way out and NDA,BJP and maybe Modi on their way in 2) UK is frustrated with MMS & UPA given lack of reciprocity to UKs supposed overtures to India.Cameron came to India with a huge entourage and returned,empty handed.In other words,they are putting pressure on UPA/MMS to re-align policy towards UK 3) It shows the double speak of west towards India.On one hand Romney-Obama debate mentions India zero times even wrt Pak nuke threat but Modi is banned from travel even when Iranian President Ahmedinijad or Saudi's are not.If anything,it shows they lack understanding of anything Hindu and are petrified of a Hindu rising in the world as they came to power on the back of defeating the then top of world civilisation of the Hindus.It also explains why USD 2B is received by 750 Christian NGOs every year in India.
Surinder Singh More than 1 year ago
All you idiots finding fault in Modi's actions are delusional partisan and anti Indian. People of India have seen no progress since independence from British Raj. We have done nothing to improve our economy, our national defense, foreign policy, or people's daily lives. You need to come to Gujarat and see the result of Modi's stringent ways. He has changed the face of gujarat and that is ALL that matters. The lifestyle of Gujaratis and Gujarat residents have only improved drastically since he came into office. So no matter what you people think he is the best bet for our nation. If you want to see India progress and emerge a superpower, this is the only man capable of leading India into that direction ruthlessly.
Modi360 More than 1 year ago
We have launched a petition to request President Obama to reconsider US Administration’s stand on Mr. Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister of the State of Gujarat, India. Please visit www.modi360.com to review and sign this petition.
Dan More than 1 year ago
Truth behind Narendra Modi US Visa denial : The US politician Joseph Pitt who applied for visa ban in year 2005 was later exposed by FBI to have link with Pakistan ISI and receive money from ISI. Here is the link. Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_R._Pitts " In July 2011, Joseph Pitts was revealed, in course of an FBI investigation, to have accepted tainted funds traced to the intelligence services of Pakistan. These funds were routed through the so-called Kashmiri American Council (KAC), run by Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, who was convicted of several felonies by the Federal government." Check the truth your self.
Patel Chirag More than 1 year ago
How namy muslim got killed in middle east by american and britan
Patel Chirag More than 1 year ago
Why u say muslim were killed and hindus were died????? hindus were burnt alive...
ReddyInf More than 1 year ago
He is a sincere worker as an Indian for India.
Omi Cool More than 1 year ago
For the last several years, Modi has been successful in projecting his "vibrant Gujarat" as a role model of economic growth and himself as ''Vikas Purush". Though one must give due credit to Modi for his effective skills in making projections, one must also critically analyse this "growth story of Gujarat" based on facts and figures. Regretfully, as one examines the facts since Modi came to power in Gujarat in 2001, the story appears to be hollow and, at times, contrary to what is being projected.
Nikita Prajapati More than 1 year ago
First Modi must answer where are the missing children of Gujarat...he must answer what happened in 2002, he must answer who killed Haren Pandya, he must answer that why no Lokayukta in Gujarat, he must answer what CAG report says about his corrupt...before the even think to be PM
ReddyInf More than 1 year ago
Do you Know several thousands are missing in several states. Let a commission be formed and investigated to know the truth.
Raj Thakor More than 1 year ago
Now, when the entire state was waiting for the CAG report, Modi dismissed the entire possibility of corruption chargers by not presenting the report!! Needless to say that Modi hasn't appointed the LOKAYUKTA in Gujarat since last eight years.
San Mann More than 1 year ago
The Congress seeks to keep itself ensconced in power at the Centre, while keeping any regional opponents on the ropes by manipulating anti-corruption drives at the state level. Therefore, it's necessary to introduce a LokPak at the Centre before any can be introduced at the state level.
Amit Kanderval More than 1 year ago
Castigating the Narendra Modi government for not placing National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) reports on damages and he panel's recommendations for compensation for destruction of religious places before the state Assembly, Gujarat High Court has termed it as a “grave lapse”, violative of human rights.
SP More than 1 year ago
It would not be shocking to see a religious fanatic and narrow minded politician becoming PM of India. Majority of Hindus consider him to be "saviour" of their religion. No one is interested in any national interest. Its a shame. I only hope God punishes him for all his wrong doing.
ReddyInf More than 1 year ago
Which God? Hindu,Christian or Islam.