Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and India's next prime minister Narendra Modi greets the crowd with a victory symbol outside the party headquarters in New Delhi, India, Saturday, May 17, 2014. Thousands of cheering supporters welcomed India's next prime minister on his arrival in the capital Saturday after leading his party to a staggering victory in national elections. The victory parade came a day after the party crossed the 272-seat majority needed to create a government without forming a coalition with smaller parties. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Narendra Modi will be the next prime minister of India, but until Friday, he was banned from traveling to the US because of allegations related to a 2002 riot.This is what Fareed Zakaria had to say about this issue:
"Consider, for example, the case of Nouri al-Maliki, prime minister of Iraq. He heads a government that is deeply sectarian and has been accused of involvement with death squads, reprisal killings and the systematic persecution of Sunnis in his country. And yet, far from being shunned, Maliki has been received in Washington as an honored guest on many occasions by two White House administrations".Fareed is a big shot reporter in the USA and a native of India.
"Consider a report from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), the very body that singled out Modi. It lists countries that are of “particular concern” for their “systematic, ongoing and egregious” oppression of religious minorities. Saudi Arabia, whose leaders are paid enormous respect by Washington, is in that top tier. The report recommends that Pakistan be added to that list because of its persistent violence against minorities, which, the report says, is at an all-time high"
"Not a single government official from any of these countries — or any other country anywhere — has ever been placed on a blacklist or been denied a visa for violating religious freedom. When human rights issues are used in a blatantly selective manner, they rightly invite charges of hypocrisy."
I don't know what's going on, but I suspect it can be spelled O-I-L, as in India doesn't have any.
The Yahoo artictle also included this line:
One of the reasons that the BJP won so handily (282 of 543 seats in an election where 36 parties won at least one seat) is because it is seen as having put its secular ways behind it.I think they mean sectarian, not secular.