November 19, 2011 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Ludhiana (November 19, 2011): Last Tuesday the United States described Gujarat as an “important place for American investment”, but added that there has been no review on the issuance of visa for chief minister Narendra Modi, reports The Link, an Indo-Canadian Newspaper.
“No, there are no new developments on that. But, Gujarat remains a very important place for American investment. It’s shown itself to be a very welcoming environment for American business to flourish. And we’ll continue to promote investment, encourage investment into that state,” agency reports quoting Robert Blake, the Obama administration’s pointman for South Asia said.
Modi was denied a visa to travel to the US in 2005 for his alleged complicity in Gujarat’s violence in 2002, which is considered to be an incident of Crimes Against Humanity as per international law.
He had applied for a visa to attend the Asian American Hotel Owners Association annual convention where he was to deliver the keynote address.
It may be recalled that refusal of visa to Modi came two days after the visit of the then US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to New Delhi.
Incidentally, Blake, who was then the deputy chief of mission at the American embassy in Delhi, was summoned by South Block to convey India’s protest against the Washington’s decision.”
The action on the part of the US embassy is uncalled for and displays lack of courtesy and sensitivity towards a constitutionally elected chief minister of a state of India,” a statement from the government had said.
The US embassy had said Modi’s tourist and business visa issued in 1998, had been revoked and there was no chance he would be issued a diplomatic visa either.
US Govt. is quick to deny Visa to Modi for his Govts. role in thousands of innocent persons killed in Gujrat. But strangely the same US Govt. has no problem granting Visa’s and welcoming guilty Congress party leaders and Cabinet Ministers for killing thousands of innocent persons in 1984 Sikh Genocide. Number of innocent persons killed in 1984 was five times more than innocent persons killed in Gujrat. And so far in 27 years the Indian Justice system has failed to punish the guilty persons because the ruling Congress leadership is protecting the guilty persons. Can anybody from US Govt. and other Western Govts. explain such double standards policy of Visa denial?