Modi Denied U.S. Entry Visa After Intense Grassroots Campaign
18 Mar 2005 13:01 GMT
(repost from the Times of India): "In a severe rebuke to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the United States has denied him entry to America. Taking a strong stand against the senior BJP leader and Hindutva icon, the US Consular division on Friday denied him a "diplomatic visa", apparently holding him responsible for the communal riots in Gujarat in 2002 which claimed over 2000 lives. In addition, his tourist/business visa which was already granted has also been revoked under a section of US Immigration and Nationality Act." The denial of the VISA follows an intense grassroots campaign by the Coalition Against Genocide and reports about the situation on NYC Indymedia and across the internet. On Tuesday, Congressman John Conyers of Michigan had introduced a House Resolution condemning Modi's actions in Gujarat. Modi has called the action "an insult" asked the Indian federal government to take up the matter with US authorities.