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Visa row: A tremulous Modi-US story

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 11, 2014
First Published: 16:59 IST(11/2/2014) | Last Updated: 17:32 IST(11/2/2014)

The US ambassador to India, Nancy Powell, is to meet BJP's prime ministerial Narendra Modi, signalling a softening of the US position since the Gujarat chief minister was denied a visa over riots in his state in 2002.

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Here is a look at the run-ins the BJP leader has had with the US in the past:

March 18, 2005: Chief minister Narendra Modi denied diplomatic visa to the US for his government's alleged complicity in 2002 Godhra riots in Gujarat. His tourist/business visa, which had already been granted, also revoked

Later in March: Soon after the US visa ban, Modi forced to cancel his visit to London due to protests by activists and fear of arrest by a London magistrate

November, 2006: Then US consul general Michael S Owen meets Modi in Gujarat's capital Gandhinagar, supposedly to discuss investment opportunities in the state

February, 2012: A Supreme Court-appointed special investigation team says it found no evidence of Modi's involvement in a riot case

October 22, 2012: The UK ends 10-year boycott of Modi over the killing of three British citizens in the Gujarat riots

January 7, 2013: The European Union, of which the UK is a member, too ends its decade-old boycott of Modi, saying talking with him was an issue separate from that of protecting human rights

March 1, 2013: Slated to deliver keynote address at Wharton India Economic Forum in Philadelphia via videoconferencing in US on March 22-23

March 3, 2013: Wharton School cancels Modi address due to pressure from multiple stakeholders

March 28, 2013:  A US Republican delegation visits Modi in Gujarat, extends invite and promises to lobby for a visa for him

May, 2013: United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) recommends the US government to continue its visa ban on Modi

May, 2013: Modi addresses Gujarati community in the US, lambasts the UPA government at the Centre and asserts that he has given new meaning to development during his 12-year rule in Gujarat

July, 2013: BJP president Rajnath Singh visits the US and gives speech urging that Modi be given visa to the country. In response to Singh's visit, 65 members of Parliament reportedly sign a letter to US President Barack Obama requesting that the policy of denying Modi a visa be upheld

September 22, 2013: Modi addresses Indian diaspora in the US organised by Overseas Friends of BJP (USA) via videoconferencing

December 17, 2013: Modi refuses to meet a senior US congressional delegation as a mark of protest against the treatment meted out to India's deputy counsel general Devyani Khobragade by the US authorities

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