No US visa to Modi despite appearing on Time cover

The US administration has made it clear that there will be no change in its visa policy towards Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. The Gujarat government might have expected some leniency on the part of the US administration in its visa policy after Modi was featured on the cover of Time magazine. The call for no visa to Modi has now reached UK after America. Human rights campaigners in UK are demanding no visa to Modi for his role in the 2002 riots in Gujarat. Under UK’s new immigration rules non-EU citizens accused of serious human rights abuses in their countries will be banned from entering Britain. Under such circumstances Modi is likely to be kept out of UK in the near future. BJP spokesperson, Ravi Shankar Prasad expressed concern that US administration provides safe haven to extremists and dictators but denies visa to a chief minister who has won thrice. Union Law and Minority Affairs minister Salman Khursheed reacted sharply on the issue by saying that the denial of US visa to Modi is a matter of serious concern and puts a question mark on his personality, especially when he rules a major state in India..

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 May 2012 on page no. 6

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