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Washinton D.C. Is Still Far for Narendra Modi
Naim Naqvi | 15 Sep 2013

The name of Narendra Modi has been announced for BJP’s prime ministerial candidate and it marked a significant power shift in the 32-year-old party. This development did not have the backing of L K Advani, a party veteran and one of its founders. Advani was opposed to Modi being named as the party's PM candidate ahead of the assembly elections in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi, due later this year. Now, he will tested in the elections.  For Advani, this has been an thundering defeat against the man who was once his protege. But by holding up his end of the argument against Modi to the very end, the BJP veteran has shown once again that in a country like India, to win or lose, is less important; the contest of ideas is more.

Modi has won the battle in the beleaguered castle of RSS. Next comes the NDA battlement which has been reduced to its own shadow. NDA is a deserted haunted home withonly  two inhabitants namely SAD and Shiv Sena other than BJP itself.

But before that the immediate ballooning issue is the internal and external acceptance of Modi as a genuine leader of a democratic India. With the back of Corporate lobby, Twitter and RSS a façade of popularity could be built but to sustain it for another 5-6 months would be an uphill task. It would demand disproportionate efforts.

Modi is getting limited creeping acceptance in some European countries but US is still refusing to budge from its stand of NO-ENTRY to Modi. Washington has very very recently opposed grant of visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi because of the "very serious" doubts that remain over his role in the "horrific" 2002 riots in the state.

 

According to US official Katrina Lantos Swett, vice chairwoman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.,"Modi shall not be granted the privilege of US visa because of the very serious doubts that remain and that hang over Modi relative to his role in the horrific events of 2002 in Gujarat." The bipartisan government commission reviews the facts and circumstances of religious freedom violations and makes policy recommendations to the US President, the secretary of State and Congress.

"There are many, many unanswered questions that remain, there are at are many grave allegations, there are huge doubts," she was quoted as saying by the New York Times. When asked about the possibility of Modi's nomination as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate for the next Lok Sabha polls, she said, "It is no outside nation's or no individual's role to tell them who should be the next leader of India. For the people of India, I think it is important for them to consider very carefully who it is who they want to be their next prime minister."