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Modi and US Visa: Why Now

By William Avery When Modi was declared his party's prime ministerial candidate last September, Obama could have quietly issued a visa waiver. Story over, strategic partnership back on track. Yet Obama has kept the visa ban in place, reaching out to Modi only to the extent of sending his ambassador to Gujarat to meet him in person. So here we are with a newly elected and visa-less PM Modi. How long are American policymakers going to let this wound fester? Are they prepared to go years without reciprocal state visits? Prepared to watch old defence deals sour, and new ones go to the Russians? Obama's inaction on the visa is inexplicable. Did Obama's respect and affection for Manmohan Singh deter a clear-headed presidential assessment of Modi's potential importance to the US? Did Obama hope that Rahul Gandhi would somehow conjure up an electoral victory and thereby make the Modi visa issue disappear? If so Obama just wagered the health of the Indo-US relationship

Modi is his own man, says US scholar Walter Andersen

Kaveree Bamzai  New Delhi, May 17, 2014 | UPDATED 10:13 IST   Walter AndersenWashington, DC-based foreign policy expert Walter Andersen was a senior official in the US State Department and a long-time scholar of India's Sangh Parivar. He co-authored The Brotherhood in Saffron with Shridhar Damle in 1987. Through his Indian wife who travels to India often on business, and friends in the political establishment, several of them from the BJP and close to Narendra Modi, Andersen has closely followed Indian politics for many decades. Andersen, who currently heads the South Asia Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, also travels to China regularly to teach at Shanghai's Tongji University. He answered questions from India Today's Kaveree Bamzai in this interview. Excerpts: Q: Do you believe a BJP-led government headed by Nar

Kiev’s Jumping Jackboots… It’s a Gas, Gas, Gas!

Finian CUNNINGHAM | 18.05.2014 | 00:00 Well ain’t it a gas! The Western-installed neo-Nazi regime in Kiev wants to join the European Union and the US-led NATO military alliance in order to allegedly adopt Western standards of market principles and law. So they say, anyway. Yet, in the capitalist West one abiding principle is that if you don’t pay your bills on time, then the bank or utility company can sue the customer for non-payment, leading to foreclosure or the utility supply being shut off. In Kiev, the Western-sponsored coup, posing now as a sovereign government of Ukraine led by the self-styled Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, wants to assume the responsibilities of state power. Their main responsibility so far is to wield a monopoly of state violence against so-called terrorists and separatists in the east and south of the country, who happen to dissent from the regime’s ill

Israel has already invested billions in Modi's Gujarat

May 13, 2014 India 2014 Elections: Narendra Modi, Israel’s Best Friend In South Asia By Palash Ghosh, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES, March 17/14   Narendra Modi, the right-wing, pro-Hindu nationalist Indian politician and chief of the conservative Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the man who polls suggest will become the next prime minister of the world’s most populous democracy, has long courted political and trade links with the state of Israel. Modi’s ties to Israel, which BJP officials strongly endorse, has turned into a financial bonanza for the western Indian province of Gujarat, where he has served as chief minister for the past 13 years. One of the wealthiest and most industrialized states in India, Gujarat serves as a kind of crown jewel of Modi’s campaign, which calls for a resurgence of the nation’s overall moribund economy. Under Modi’s leadership and encouragement, Israel has poured billions of dollars of investment into Gujarat. Officials from both Gujarat an