Modi could get US Visa - WSJ

The candidate leading in the polls to become the next prime minister of India this year has not been allowed to enter the U.S. since 2005, when the U.S. State Department revoked his tourist visa following allegations by human rights groups that he was complicit in deadly anti-Muslim riots.

But a congressional report, released Friday, says that political obstacle for Narendra Modi is likely to vanish should his party win national elections that begin in just over a week. The State Department likely would grant Mr. Modi a visa under diplomatic immunity granted to heads of state, the Congressional Research Service said.

Uncertainty had surrounded the State Department’s position as recently as two weeks ago when Secretary of State John Kerry was asked about Mr. Modi and the visa issue at a U.S. House hearing. Mr. Kerry sidestepped the question, saying he didn’t “want anything I say here to have any play into the election.”

The CRS report states, “If Narendra Modi were to become Prime Minister of India, he would he would he would automatically be eligible for an A-1 (diplomatic) as head of state, regardless of the purpose his visit.” Mr. Modi’s inadmissibility under a tourist visa would not apply to those on A-1 visas, a provision often referred to as diplomatic immunity, the report states.

A representative of Mr. Modi’s party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Mr. Modi’s BJP is ahead in the polls leading up to parliamentary elections that begin in about a week.

As many as 2,000 people, most of them Muslim, died in the 2002 riots in Gujarat, the coastal Indian state that Mr. Modi governs as chief minister. Mr. Modi, a Hindu, was accused of failing to take preventative steps to contain the violence and of deliberately interfering in the police response.

The State Department denied Mr. Modi a visa based upon a provision of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, which requires barring foreign government officials who have committed “particularly severe violations of religious freedom.”

The Gujarat High Court in 2012 chastised Mr. Modi for “inaction and negligence” during the violence. But a special investigative team appointed by the Indian Supreme Court the same year stated there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Mr. Modi for any alleged wrongdoing.

The report by the Congressional Research Service, a nonpartisan arm of the Library of Congress, was dated March 18, but was not released publicly until Friday. It was an answer to questions posed by two members of Congress, Reps. Joe Pitts (R., Pa.) and Keith Ellison (D., Minn.), co-sponsors of a resolution commending the State Department for exercising its authority to deny the visa because “the Gujarat government has not adequately pursued justice for the victims of the 2002 violence.”

Mr. Modi’s visa has become a hotly debated issue in the U.S. Congress. On one side, religious and human rights groups, including many conservative Christians, are outraged by Gujarat’s anti-religious conversion law that restricts proselytizing. It also has the support of Muslims, such as Mr. Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress. On the other side are Indian-Americans, many of whom are Hindus, and conservatives who support the free-market, pro-business tilt of Mr. Modi and his party.

Also on Friday, the U.S. congressional human-rights commission announced a hearing for next week that will feature some of Mr. Modi’s vociferous critics in Washington. A member from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and a representative from Human Rights Watch are expected to appear as witnesses. Both organizations have condemned Mr. Modi’s actions during the 2002 riots. more  

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We all are paying huge taxes, direct or indirect taxes as mentioned below and what we get in return from our so called Rajnetas.
Have you ever thought that, on every daily consumable items how much indirect tax you are paying.

(Toothpaste, brush, clothes, shoes, etc. ) - Excise tax, sale tax, VAT, service tax, education cess, etc

Kirana items- pulses , Grains and masalas - sale tax, CST, VAT, Mandi samiti taxes, etc

Property ( House) – Service Tax, Registration tax Stamp Duty, maintenance tax – House tax, property tax, water tax, sewer tax. When you go to sell you pay income tax also, tax on rent income
Fix Diposit – Tax on interest

Vehicle – Excise tax, Sale tax,(included in cost) Registration tax, Road tax, insurance including service tax

Fuel for vehicle – Petrol, Diesel, Gas etc. ( Excise, central govt. tax, state govt. tax, service tax, etc.)
Hotels / restaurant – luxury tax, Service tax, vat, sale tax etc.

Travel – Fuel surcharge, Tolltax, MCD tax, and other taxes.

Share Market - STT, Income tax, Transaction tax, service tax, etc

(See the fun you are paying road tax and on each and every highway paying toll tax, why? you are paying water bill and Purchase drinking water separate, You are paying electric bill and hardly gets 8 hour supply, If there is something wrong you fear to go to POLICE, you are paying various tax to municipality and suffering encroachment by vendors and parking, When you will take ownership? Man it’s you who is paying for enjoyment of politicians & govt. officials)

After paying above mentioned taxes, you still give Bribe to govt. officials. Why?

Why opposition was silent?

In this election, we need our politician to be real public servant as we all (Public) are paying a handsome salary including all facilities to his entire family.
Also paying Lifetime Pension for only 5 years of service.

Karenge , Krenge, to sub kahte hai But now we want to listen/ read, PROCEDURE , HOW Political Parties WILL IMPLEMENT ? AND WHAT WILL BE ACTION PLAN?

Government jeene degi to sochunga – main hindu hoon ya musalmaan. more  
After the Supreme Court's SIT cleared Modiji, USA should have taken a decision on their own and declared his eligibility. But, delaying this step indicates that USA was not respectful to Supreme Court. We should have our self respect and I am sure Modiji would not apply for VISA to that country till the US Govt. invites him with due regards. more  
Mr. Modi does not need any visa from the US and this is a malicious campaign by his opponents. But for me the larger issue is what is so important of getting as US Visa..is it a Golden Grammy or an Oscar or the world's highest distinct recognition?? Why is it so important to be made into a such an important political issue by some of our so called well wishers of the country???? Why is India not important for these guys who try to take the hell out of Mr. Modi on the matter of US visa....and in the first place the rejection or acceptance of a visa occurs only when somebody has applied for it.....has Mr. Modi ever applied for US visa????? The answer is an emphatic NO... more  
Sheetalji
Modi ji does not need any visa. if US want to do business with India . He will have to come to India and touch feet of Modiji. Visa is not an issue at all . we must first of all try to pursuade people to vote for BJP because surveys does not show comfortable picture . They need 40 more seats to form Govt . Otherwise again so called " SECULAR " parties comprising cheat congress, BSP, RJD , SP, CPM etc will form Govt to keep BJP out of power and our country will be ruined . more  
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