The Jewish Lobby is planning to honor Indian prime minister Narendra Modi by inviting him to address the joint session of Congress during a visit to Washington in September. The Lobby had declared Modi Israel’s best friend in Asia during his election campaign.
Washington has denied Modi a visa to enter United States as result of his involvement in Muslim massacre in Indian state of Gujarat in 2002.
California Republican Ed Royce (Jewish), chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote to House Speaker John Boehner (Jewish) on Friday and asked that he invite Modi to address a joint session of the House and Senate during his trip.
“In every aspect – whether it be in political, economic or security relations – the United States has no more important partner in South Asia,” the letter said. “It is not an overstatement to say that the US-India relationship will be one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century.”
Zionist prime minister Netanyahu addressed the joint session of Congress on July 10, 1996 and May 24, 2011. In March 2014, 100 lawmakers wrote to Boehner to re-invite Netanyahu to address the Congress after his meeting with Obama at the White House. The other Israeli leaders who were honored to address the Congress include Chaim Herzog (1987), Menachem Begin (1978), Yitzahk Rabin (1976 and 1994), Ehud Olmert (2006), and war criminal Shimon Peres (1995).
On April 10, 2014, India’s academic, authors, artists, British MPs and Bollywood personalities, urged Indian voters in an open letter at British daily Guardian, not to vote for Hindutva (BJP) nominee Narendra Modi. It said that if Modi is elected next prime minister of India, it will bode ill for India’s future.
In a 2007 interview, Vithalbhai Pandya, father of slain BJP leader Haren Pandya, called Modi a psychic killer.
Graham Peebles, director of British charity, The Create Trust, wrote on June 19, 2014 that Modi’s election does not bode well for the 800 million or so Indians living in destitution, or the 120 million minority Muslims in the country, or the Adivasi (indigenous) people and Dalit groups.
“Modi is a far right Hindu Nationalist whose election suggests India is “entering its most sinister period since independence.” Hindu nationalism is an exclusive club made up of upper-caste Hindus who form the ruling elite; it is, of course, closed to the devout worshipers from the lower castes.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) openly promotes the ideal of an India run by and for Hindus. It is “quite open about its belief in the Hindu India…where everybody else lives…as second-class citizens.” Modi’s rise to electoral stardom is a “terribly sad thing and something to be ashamed of,” wrote Peebles.
“Revealing the Prime Minister’s extreme prejudicial leanings is the disturbing fact that Mr. Modi is a lifelong member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), “a paramilitary Hindu nationalist organisation inspired by the fascist movements of Europe, whose founders believed that Nazi Germany had manifested ‘race pride at its highest’ by purging the Jews.” Set up in 1927, the far right group admires Mussolini and Adolph Hitler, whom they openly praise. Outlawed by the British Raj, the RSS has been banned three times since independence. It was a former member of the RSS (Nathuram Godse) who murdered Mahatma Gandhi in 1948 for being too soft on Muslims. Traditionally dominated by upper-caste Hindus, the extreme group has led many vicious assaults on minorities, especially Muslims. Assaults threatened in the later stages of the Modi election campaign. Speaking in West Bengal, “Modi declared that only Hindu migrants from Bangladesh were welcome; the others would be repatriated.” And in Uttar Pradesh his ‘henchmen’ made it clear “that anyone who did not support Modi should go back to Pakistan, where they belonged,” said Peebles. Read entire article here.