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Updated: March 10, 2012 13:13 IST

U.S. House concerned at reports of Modi's 'complicity' in riots

Narayan Lakshman
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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. File photo
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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. File photo

In 2005, the U.S. government denied a visa to Mr. Modi on the grounds of religious freedom violation under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.

A resolution has been introduced in the United States House of Representatives expressing solidarity with the Obama administration's view that the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat “has not adequately pursued justice for the victims of the 2002 violence” and that they remained “concerned by reports from journalists and human rights groups about the complicity of ... [Mr.] Modi in the [pogrom].”

House Resolution 569, “Recognizing the tenth anniversary of the tragic communal violence in Gujarat,” was sponsored by Representative Keith Ellison, Democrat of Minnesota, and it called on the Gujarat government to heed the recommendations of the State Department to “restore religious freedom for all citizens in Gujarat.”

This is not the first instance where the U.S. government has marked its concern surrounding the role of the Gujarat government in the riots. In 2005, it denied a visa to Mr. Modi on the grounds of religious freedom violation under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.

This week, the House noted that in 2002, the violence directed against Muslims by Hindu mobs led to an estimated 2,000 dead and 1,00,000 displaced into refugee camps, and commended the National Human Rights Commission and the Indian Supreme Court, whose actions led to some convictions in Gujarat riots cases and also the arrest of a few high-level leaders in the Modi administration.

Recounting some of the details of the mob attacks, the resolution quoted a 2002 Human Rights Watch report entitled, “We Have No Orders to Save You,” in particular a section that noted that between February 28 and March 2, 2002 “the attackers descended with militia-like precision on Ahmedabad by the thousands.”

The report further described the unfolding of the targeted attacks, saying, “Chanting slogans of incitement to kill...they were guided by computer printouts listing the addresses of Muslim families and their properties...and embarked on a murderous rampage confident that the police was with them.”

Alleging that portions of the Gujarati language press had printed fabricated stories and statements openly calling on Hindus to avenge the Godhra attacks, the text of the resolution further noted that “Where justice has been delivered in Gujarat, it has been in spite of the State government, not because of it.”

This story has been edited to correct an error. The resolution has been introduced, not passed, as earlier stated.

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The US have no business to interfere in the internal affairs of India.Who gave them the right
to comment on the administration of India. If they are really concerned about human rights
they should first enquire into the plight of Hindus in Pakistan and Bangladesh. There seems
to be an international conspiracy against Modi. Ever since Modi's name cropped up as PM'
candidate the Modi- haters in India and outside have stepped their campaign against him. -

from:  Sudhakar Naredla
Posted on: Mar 5, 2012 at 10:16 IST

USA is an economically failed state.They are into debts to the hilt.They cant bear the economic boom
in any state in India, be it Gujarat, Tamil Nadu or Bihar
Whether they introduce a resoluton or pass a resolution, it is irrelevant.
They are not the voters in Gujarat or India.
Why should it bother us?.

from:  C.S.Ramalakshmi
Posted on: Mar 5, 2012 at 07:52 IST

The thousands of innocent people who were massacred did not have a voice, but the
US has, and that is why it is very appropriate for them to speak in this matter.

Some of you may not understand, but what Modi did is absolutely heinous, and those
who sing his praises for development should remember that a large number
multiplied by zero is still a zero.

In any lawful society, a person like him should not be condoned.

from:  Manisha Verma
Posted on: Mar 5, 2012 at 06:54 IST

Modi as PM is a diplomatic conundrum for India and US. Indian interests are far too large and important than one msn, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian or hindutva or RSS. Guys think India not Modi. We can't sacrifice our country's future for any person or leader. India and China are historical rivals. India and China are culturally, religiously and linguistically very different. India should keep good relationship with China without losing any ground to China. India has historical connection to Muslim world, India has 200 million Muslims. India is mostly surrounded by Muslims and Muslim world. World demand for energy is only going to increase and without the oil of Muslim world Indian economy will stagnate, Muslim world is the huge market for Indian goods and services. Smart thing is to develop a coalition with Muslim world, India with 53 Muslim countries votes and Indian resources and people will command respect of rest of the world and our future will be secure.

from:  NRI
Posted on: Mar 5, 2012 at 00:04 IST

House has no business to pass a resolution on the matters concerning India. They should try to keep their house in order. Had they not interfered in the matters of other countries , the world would have been a better place to live and the American world economy would have been lot better.

from:  Rama narayanan
Posted on: Mar 4, 2012 at 20:36 IST

All I want to say is development chant by Narendra Modi cannot bring back the life of thousands of innocent people (be it Muslim or Hindus). The Guilty should be punished, you cannot ignore the fact that the heinous of the crime has taken place on the instruction or will of Narendra Modi. He is a culprit and should tried like one. May be people think I am a muslim I am writing this statement, I know that I feel sorry for any single loss of life irrespective of their religion due to anyone negligence or intention, be it US, Taliban, or Narendra Modi. There were loss of lives in Gujarat Riots and Narendra Modi is responsible of it, that's it.

from:  Rooman
Posted on: Mar 4, 2012 at 18:36 IST

Ellison, the Congressional representative has done the right job, quite in line with the US policy of discouraging violation of human rights. Modi has been rightly denied visa. Why only US, all the countries that believe in secular liberal democracy must follow the US policy. The world does not want any more authoritarian Hitler, Mussolini who carried out massacre of their opponents. Surely some fundamentalist will view it as the undue interference in our internal affairs but in the wake of globalization this is essential. Shall Indian state ever recognize rulers like Idi Amin, if it comes to ? Despite several hard hit slaps by the Indian judiciary in several court cases, Modi has been bluntly behaving like a dictator, may it be re-habitation of the riot victims, inquiry in to fake encounter or appointment of a Lokayukta.Suspension of opposition leader Mr.Gohil from Gujarat Assembly,to avoid Modi's exposure in corruption,is the point in case which is quite unique.

from:  Dr.Jivaji Thakore
Posted on: Mar 4, 2012 at 17:28 IST

it is surprising that us is preaching about human rights violations in GUJRAT ON THE CONTRARY IT SHOULD LOOK and CORRECT ITS OWN misdeed AT GUANTANAMO BAY,Iraq,Afghanistan and Syria before preaching to Mr Modi.

from:  sridharan iyer
Posted on: Mar 4, 2012 at 17:18 IST

Irrespective of domestic differences, Ruling party in India must protest such resolutions that try to invalidate the law of land. It's concern that Ministry of External Affairs, India didn't issue any rebuffing statement.

from:  Sanjeev Kumar
Posted on: Mar 4, 2012 at 17:09 IST

The USA assumes that it is the policeman for the entire world. In some cases the police may be exceeding their powers. But this great policeman has always taken law into his own hands and then tell us how we should process our cases. Their hands are full of blood from all over the world. They have no business, moral or otherwise to advise us. In fact if they look to us for inspiration they will be a better democracy.

from:  balakrishnan
Posted on: Mar 4, 2012 at 16:56 IST

Out of curiosity, has any other persons been denied visas under this act? For example, pakistani politicians,saudi princes, etc?

from:  kumar
Posted on: Mar 4, 2012 at 16:05 IST

US interference in our administration should not be accepted. They must not think that they are advanced enough to interfere in any country's internal matters. We believe the victims of riot should have been delivered with justice a long time back, and this is a serious problem with our administration and governance but this has nothing to do with any other country especially when it is not our neighbor.

from:  Y.P.Baghel
Posted on: Mar 4, 2012 at 13:30 IST

It is a shame even after 10 years , those who committed the horrendous crimes in Gujarat in 2002 and their mastermind are moving around freely. They seem to be emboldened by the fact that the wheels of justice in India , move in snail's pace and they can prolong the judicial process, by exploiting its loopholes.
For all those who chant the "development" mantra of Gujarat as if development can be a substitute for legal punishment - I would like to say that the victims of Gujart need justice - which has so far eluded them.

from:  Hariharan
Posted on: Mar 4, 2012 at 11:29 IST

“restore religious freedom for all citizens in Gujarat.” “the attackers descended with militia-like precision on Ahmedabad by the thousands.” When did Modi get time to train militia? Before publishing this report, I wish The Hindu should have visited Gujarat and verified the facts. Muslims of Gujarat enjoy same religious freedom in Gujarat as Hindus do. There is no darth of truth in this report.

from:  K Joshi
Posted on: Mar 4, 2012 at 08:19 IST

Let US start looking internally to what they have done to muslim
community all over the world. Did they find weapons of mass destruction
in Iraq? Pass resolutions to condemn what they has done. Then they can
start worrying about India and other countries!They don't have to worry
about India, because it is the largest democratic country in the world
where people have the ultimate power!

from:  Aravind
Posted on: Mar 4, 2012 at 04:38 IST

It is incredulous that US senate found it appropriate to pass a resolution on the riots happened in Gujarat in 2002 criticising and questioning the impartiality of the investigations done hitherto and the quality of our enforcement of law. One would have thought that the way India dealt with the aftermaths of the riots is an example for the world where even intra-religious wars are being fought with no end in sight for decades. Paradoxically, U S and its allies are the ones fuelling this division and fighting right now in the Middle East! Are they trying to fuel one in India so that it will remain a weak nation and thus will not be able to share the wealth and prosperity in the world which is at present a preserve of the few? Compare the US criticism of Gujarat riots with that of the comment by the Pakistani Islamic scholar Tahir-ul-Qadri, who has taken a very pragmatic view about the incident and found the need to move forward learning the lessons from the unfortunate incident. Whatever the political differences, Mr. Modi should be congratulated for making an effort for reconciliation. There are signs that his efforts are slowly producing some positive effects. India needs to move on and go forward.
It is also an open fact that USA is the country that has done the most heinous human right violations since Second World War. In Vietnam they used napalm bombs and dioxins. The birth defects due to dioxins continue even today. Which Vietnamese individual ever hurt an American to warrant such cruel actions from USA? They used Phosphorus pent oxide (white phosphorous) bombs in Fallujah in Iraq to indiscriminately kill people. White phosphorous dissolves in moisture forming phosphoric acid thus acid- burning the skin and flesh of not only humans but other animals also. The depleted uranium they used in Iraq has been causing birth defects and cancer. A country that used such weapons on innocent civilians of other countries which never hurt even one of its citizens has no moral right to pontificate to the world about human rights. The statue of liberty which USA projects so much is in fact a present from France, the land of Russo and Voltaire. From the actions of USA one could not be certain that it ever understood the real values behind the concept of liberty. The country has been projecting itself through the use of military might for over sixty years. It has understood liberty as a licence to interfere in every other country’s internal affairs! Look at the quality of the political discourse taking place there!
India has a native civilisation that could be the light of the world. It should keep itself away from this ‘Asura’ culture and show the courage to take a moral stand against their actions when and where required. The Senate should be told to mind their own business and look themselves in the mirror for a change.

from:  B. Baburajan
Posted on: Mar 4, 2012 at 03:25 IST

This is the very serious trend being followed by US with interference in the internal matter of other nations. On the name of Human Rights violation, It is using Forced Democracy formula. Be it Libiya or Syria.
In case of India, as pointed out by L K Advani, Mr Modi has never applied for US Visa. And no body knows without applying for Visa, how can a country reject the same. This country has no right to object the ruling of Indian Supreme Court on the basis of Media report. India has it's own administrative structure to deal with everything and do not need any suggestions from other country.
If US is so much interested in Human right violation, They must look at Guntamano Bay, Iraq, Afganistan and other terror camps as well as forces like Black water.

from:  Shashi Ranjan
Posted on: Mar 4, 2012 at 01:12 IST
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