Friday, May 16, 2014

India Reportedly Has New Prime Minister, Previously Denied a U.S. Visa


CNN reports that Narendra Modi, the leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, has claimed victory as India's next prime minister "bringing to power a man whose controversial past at one point led the United States to deny him a visa. Official results were expected late Friday."

During the campaign, Modi's relationship with the country's Muslim minority has come under scrutiny. In 2002, the state of Gujarat experienced anti-Muslim violence, with more than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, killed. "Modi was criticized for not doing enough to halt the violence, but a Supreme Court-ordered investigation absolved him of blame last year. The United States denied Modi a visa over the anti-Muslim violence in 2005 . . . . The U.S. State Department has not said what it will do when Modi applies for a visa in the future now that he is an elected leader . . . ."


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