X. INTERNATIONAL CONDEMNATION
a visa to USA
In March 2005, Narendra Modi had applied for a diplomatic visa to visit
the United States. The United
States - Department of
State denied Modi this visa under section 214 (b) of the Immigration and
Nationality Act because he was not coming for a purpose that qualified for
a diplomatic visa.
existing tourist/business visa was also revoked under section 212 (a) (2)
(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. 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.
The administration officials told rediff.com
that the State Department had done "a strict interpretation of the law
and we do believe he is responsible as head of the state government for
the performance of the state institutions, which we had detailed
extensively in our global human rights reports."
It also quoted the NHRC
Report (2002) which stated that 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