Truth About Narendra Modi

March 5, 2013 by 


Teesta SetalvadTeesta Setalvad

Guest Writer- Teesta Setalvad

Narendra Modi, the controversial chief minister of Gujarat was invited to be the keynote speaker at Wharton at its 17th Economic Forum on March 23, 2013. The Civil Rights groups across the world and especially in India were shocked and dismayed at such reports given the fact that the US administration had firmly stated weeks ago there was no question of any reversal of its decision to grant a visa to a man against whom serious charges of criminal conspiracy, subversion of justice, mass murder and destruction of evidence are still pending judgemnent (see report attached at the end of this report)

From March 18, 2005 onwards, the United States State Department refused a diplomatic visa to a politician, who, as chief minister, did nothing to prevent a series of orchestrated reprisal killings that targeted Muslims in Gujarat. The most conservative estimates are that over a thousand people, mostly Muslims, died in the premedidated violence while actual figures peg those dead and missing at 2,500. Over a hundred thousands were rendered displaced in their own homeland of which close to 18,000 still live in sub human conditions. Over 10,000 small and large businesses were systematically targeted causing a loss of Rs 4,000 crore and 297 places of worship of the minority (Mosques and Durgahs) were specifically targeted and destroyed. In the 11-year old struggle for justice, the state of Gujarat through its police have systematically tried to attack and even jail human rights defenders assisting the Survivors in their struggle for justice. In 2002, Human Rights Watch (among other international and Indian bodies) showed that politicians and the police in the state abetted the slaughter and displacement of Muslim Gujaratis:

Apart from the allegations of criminal conspiracy to commit mass murder, destroy records, subvert justice that the chief minister faces (moves to frame charges will be filed in a Court by April 15 2014), the unrepentant chief minister has doggedly fought efforts by minority groups to get the 297 shrines that were destroyed, restored. The High Court of Gujarat and the Supreme Court of India (SC seeks details of religious sites damaged in 2002 Gujarat riots ). Modi is not simply about what happened eleven years ago but represents a discriminatory mindset that is medieval and anti-Constitutional.

Since 2002, the Supreme Court of India has repeatedly faulted the Gujarat government led by Modi for failing to prosecute those guilty of the crimes in 2002 and instead prosecuting whistle-blowers and activists who had tried to bring the guilty to justice. In February 2012, the Supreme Court again criticized the Modi government for harassing activists fighting for justice with trumped up charges. What this sordid record proves is Narendra Modi’s callous disregard for the life of Indian citizens and for upholding the Indian constitution.

In taking cognizance of Modi’s culpability, the State Department also revoked his “existing tourist/business visa under section 212 (a) (2) (g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.” As David C. Mulford, U.S. Ambassador to India, explained then, “Section 212 (a) (2) (g) makes any foreign government official who ‘was responsible for or directly carried out, at any time, particularly severe violations of religious freedom’ ineligible for a visa to the United States.” Ambassador Mulford went on to say that the State Department’s decision was “based on the fact that, as head of the State government in Gujarat between February 2002 and May 2002, [Modi] was responsible for the performance of state institutions at that time. The State Department’s detailed views on this matter are included in its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices and the International Religious Freedom Report. Both reports document the violence in Gujarat from February 2002 to May 2002 and cite the Indian National Human Rights Commission report, which states there was “a comprehensive failure on the part of the state government to control the persistent violation of rights of life, liberty, equality, and dignity of the people of the state”


The US state department had indicated it will continue to deny Narendra Modi a visa even as European Union recently ended its decade-long boycott of Narendra Modi. assistant secretary of state Robert Blake told CNN-IBN on Tuesday: “Our policy has not changed. Anyone can apply for a visa anytime, but we never prejudge the outcome of the decision… a lot of this will depend on some of the decisions that are made in the Indian courts and many of those decisions are still outstanding.” In December, American lawmakers had urged the US secretary of state Hillary Clinton to continue denying visa to Modi on the ground that his government had not adequately pursued justice for 2002 Gujarat riot victims.)

It became incomprehensible to us that Modi was the man who the Wharton India Economic Forum wished to celebrate as an exemplar of economic and social development. It was astonishing for us that any academic and student body at the University of Pennsylvania can endorse ideas about economic development that are based on the systematic oppression of minority populations, whether in India or elsewhere. Their role as scholars and students—and indeed as would-be entrepreneurs and business managers—must be to develop conscientious and efficacious modes of economic organization, not to piggy-back onto the inhuman policies of politicians who not only lack a commitment to human rights and to ideals of social justice, but whose political success is based on the suppression of substantial sections of their own citizens. Modi still does not have a US visa to enter the US, but Wharton had plans to present him on Skype to the audience. Recently there have been efforts to whitewash Modi’s grim record and to grant him respectability. Wharton’s invitation had lent itself to doing just that.

We are relieved the Wharton India Economic Forum has revoked their invitation to Narendra Modi. If it had not done so, we had pledged to protest his presence—virtual as it might have been, given that he remains ineligible for a US visa—in a variety of ways, including at the meeting of the Forum.

We urge educational institutions and entrepreneurs of tomorrow to understand the incalculable and continuing harm done by Modi’s brand of politics to India’s constitutional secularism.”


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  14. aryan
    Sep 30, 2013 @ 20:02:29

    Friends this is a very good initiative to defame any person, you say that he is a feku lets suppose i agree with this, but you people know that the honorable supreme court has given him a clean chit in 2002 riots. the person is trying to brand the name of gujarat, and also tell me what the Media does,
    1) they say the ruling party UPA, its should not be the ruling party it should be elected party.
    2) this kinds of website defame political leader, but i guess this has never happened in the past when any political leader was given such a name. This is one of the biggest shame in the name of democracy.
    3) when that person does something good you people have only one option to hit i.e. 2002 riots, but we can see the world is looking at gujarat in a different way. that person knows how to market his state and he is doing good. the elected party only cries in front of the world we are poor, but Indians should be like we are rich as compared to them.

    UPA has failed in many aspects can you please make a website for that too, atleast people will know about the present party also. I will appreciate you efforts for that. if you cant then you are a paid person, which i think is misleading people.
    if u have the courage please publish on you page otherwise you are a paidman.


  15. Milan Vaishnav
    Apr 02, 2016 @ 07:24:50

    Teesta is the biggest psychic lady i have ever imagined. She didn’t get a penny / Rupees from Narendra Modi that’s why she is behind him. Also, Teesta is HINDU hater & MUSLIM lover. She will only say or oppose whenever Muslim person dies but not when HINDU dies.

    May be other parties are paying her regularly that’s why she never spoke a word for 2012-13 riots in Aasam , 2012 Riots in Dhule Maharashtra?????

    Teesta is the businesswomen who is doing business on the death of someone by agitation n all.

    If modi is culprit then why didn’t she give evidence to Court ??? why didn’t she file a PIL ???

    she is only doing business by blackmailing politician , those who give her money is good in her opinion & those who not is bad one & she start to oppose him.


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