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Campaign to keep Modi out of America
Date: 18 Feb 2005
Source: Hindustan Times

Narendra Modi is a lightning rod not just to his many detractors within India. An American advocacy group is now spearheading a campaign to see that he is denied a visa for his planned US sojourn next month.

The Washington DC-based Institute on Religion and Public Policy (IRPP) is collecting signatures to prevent Modi from entering US.

Modi is to be the chief guest at the Asian American Hotel Owners Association's annual convention and trade show at Fort Lauderdale, Florida from March 24 to 26. The association is dominated by hoteliers of Indian origin, predominantly from Gujarat.

In a letter addressed to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the IRPP argues that Modi should be denied a visa in accordance with the US's International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. It charges him with "repeated engagement in particularly severe violations of religious freedom".

"Secretary Rice, we ask that you do not allow this egregious violator the privilege of entering the United States," says the letter written by IRPP's director of programmes Benjamin Thomas. It says in case Modi already holds a US visa, his entry into the country should be "barred".

The letter speaks of Modi's "campaign of extremism targeting religious minorities in Gujarat", particularly the "orchestrated attacks” of 2002.

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Final Solution


  Final Solution is a study of the politics of hate. Set in Gujarat during the period February/March 2002 - July 2003, the film examines the genocidal violence of the Hindutva right-wing by exploiting the Godhra train incident and then goes on to document the various acts of brutality that marked the violence that followed. It travels with the election campaign during the Assembly elections in Gujarat in late 2002, and documents the spread of hate and fascism that accompanied it.