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'No change in US visa policy, but Modi welcome to apply'

Jul 24 2013, 11:16pm CDT | by IANS

Washington, July 25 (IANS) Even as the visiting BJP president Rajnath Singh denied he had come to get Gujarat chief minister, Narendra Modi a US visa, the State Department said its policy had not changed.

Washington, July 25 — Even as the visiting BJP president Rajnath Singh denied he had come to get Gujarat chief minister, Narendra Modi a US visa, the State Department said its policy had not changed...

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'No change in US visa policy, but Modi welcome to apply'

Jul 24 2013, 11:16pm CDT | by IANS

Washington, July 25 (IANS) Even as the visiting BJP president Rajnath Singh denied he had come to get Gujarat chief minister, Narendra Modi a US visa, the State Department said its policy had not changed.

Washington, July 25 — Even as the visiting BJP president Rajnath Singh denied he had come to get Gujarat chief minister, Narendra Modi a US visa, the State Department said its policy had not changed.

"Well, our policy on this has not changed," State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters Wednesday in response to a question.

"If Chief Minister Modi applies for a visa, his application will be considered to determine whether he qualifies for a visa in accordance with US immigration law and policy," she said.

"But as you know, we don't talk about the specifics of that process or individual cases. But he would, of course, be considered if he were to apply," Psaki assured.

Modi, who was denied a US visa in 2005 for his alleged role or inaction in the 2002 Godhra anti-Muslim riots, never applied again for a US visa even as corporate America of late has been warming up to his "vibrant Gujarat".

Three Republican lawmakers who met Modi recently in Gandhinagar along with a US business delegation had also promised to take up the issue with the Obama administration.

Asked what would happen in case Modi became Prime Minister after the upcoming parliamentary elections, Psaki said: "Well, that's a lot of speculation down the road."

"We always encourage democratic elections and we don't take sides, and we'll be watching it closely."

When the reporter repeated the question, the spokesperson again responded:

"Well, I think I just said that we will consider his application if he applies. And we're not going to get ahead of where we are at this time."

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Feminism: The Men Arrive!

Nov 3 2014 9:40am CST | Source: Truthout Stories

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi used his Independence Day speech to address India's rape problem. (Photo: Global Panorama)What do the prime minister of India, retired National Football League punter Chris Kluwe, and superstar comedian Aziz Ansari have in common? It’s not that they’ve all walked into a bar, though Ansari could probably figure out the punch line to that joke. They’ve all spoken up for feminism this year, part of an unprecedented wave of ...
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Feminism: The Men Arrive!

Nov 3 2014 9:40am CST | Source: Truthout Stories

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi used his Independence Day speech to address India's rape problem. (Photo: Global Panorama)What do the prime minister of India, retired National Football League punter Chris Kluwe, and superstar comedian Aziz Ansari have in common? It’s not that they’ve all walked into a bar, though Ansari could probably figure out the punch line to that joke. They’ve all spoken up for feminism this year, part of an unprecedented wave of men actively engaging wi ...
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Feminism: The Men Arrive! (Hooray! Uh-Oh!)

Nov 3 2014 7:30am CST | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com What do the prime minister of India, retired National Football League punter Chris Kluwe, and superstar comedian Aziz Ansari have in common? It’s not that they’ve all walked into a bar, though Ansari could probably figure out the punch line to that joke. They’ve all spoken up for feminism this year, part of an unprecedented wave of men actively engaging with what’s usually called “women’s issues,” though violence and discriminati ...
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This Viral Short Film In India Makes A Strong Statement On Women's Safety

Oct 22 2014 5:23pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Can India, a country struggling to combat an increasingly high-profile rape culture, envision a society where women feel safe in the company of unknown men? A new short film on women's empowerment, "Going Home," urges its audience to imagine such a place, focusing on a young woman who stumbles upon a group of men after her car breaks down late at night. Starring Alia Bhatt, a rising actress in India's film industry, the video was posted to YouTube la ...
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Oct 14 2014 5:14pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

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Modi’s Visit Foreshadows Challenges for ‘Lame Duck’ Obama

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Last week’s meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington provides a convenient benchmark to assess where U.S. foreign policy is and how it is likely to be conducted in the remaining ...
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New York Times Apologizes For Cartoon Slammed As ‘Blatantly Racist’

Oct 6 2014 2:29pm CDT | Source: ThinkProgress

CREDIT: NEW YORK TIMES The New York Times posted a formal apology on its Facebook page for a cartoon that portrayed India’s space program in manner that outraged many readers. The cartoon depicted a thin man dressed in traditional attire with a cow in tow knocking on the door of the “Elite Space Club” where two formally-dressed men appeared rather perturbed by his presence. Many Indians have written about the cartoon’s portrayal of space exploration as an “elite” pursuit for white men spor ...
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US and India Progress on Long-Missed Opportunity: Increasing Clean Energy Access

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Meeting in Washington, D.C. this week, President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made important commitments for U.S.-India partnership in fighting climate change and accelerating clean energy, echoing discussions at the timely 5th U.S.-India Energy Partnership Summit hosted by Yale University and the Indian think tank The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) across town. With India’s 300 days of sunshine per year, off-grid, distributed solar e ...
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Modi and the Environment

Oct 2 2014 10:04am CDT | Source: Truthout Stories

As India's NDA government led by Narendra Modi settles into the corridors of power in New Delhi, its policy directions are becoming clear. The initial trends are not very encouraging for environmentalists. Proactive decision-making is normal for new regimes and not unique to the NDA. Many thousands of hectares of forestland were cleared for development projects - mainly mining - in the last three dec ...
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Modi and the Environment

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As India's NDA government led by Narendra Modi settles into the corridors of power in New Delhi, its policy directions are becoming clear. The initial trends are not very encouraging for environmentalists. Proactive decision-making is normal for new regimes and not unique to the NDA. Many thousands of hectares of forestland were cleared for development projects - mainly mining - in the last three decades.Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India at the ...
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