Last November, Congressman Ami Bera became only the third Indian-American in the country’s history to be elected to the US Congress. A Democrat from California, Dr Bera’s family came to the US from Gujarat in the 1950s. He shared his thoughts on a U.S. visa for Narendra Modi and his hopes for future ties with Gujarat.
Do you believe the Obama administration should give Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi a U.S. visa?
Visa applications are handled by the executive branch of government and not Congress. That being said, I’ve inquired with both the State Department and senior officials in the administration on this matter.
Do many of your Indian American constituents want the U.S. to give a visa to Mr Modi?
All of my constituents, including the Indian Americans, are most concerned about jobs and the economy. I appreciate the diversity of opinions in the Indian American community on this matter, and I continue to welcome an open dialogue.
As the only Indian- American congressman in Washington, and one whose family comes from Gujarat, what relationship do you envision with Gujarat?
I am incredibly proud to be an Indian American and Gujarati, and as a Congressman from Sacramento County California, my priority is what my constituents from all backgrounds care about most: creating jobs and growing the economy for middle class families. As I stay focused on growing jobs and the economy at home, I believe the U.S., and northern California especially, can benefit from strengthening our trade relationships with high-potential export markets in Asia like India and, in particular, the state of Gujarat.
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Well...............he seems to be fine with talking to Modi
Funny how everyone except Modi is worried about his visa to US. Isnt there a point where they just grow up.
It is nice to learn that Ami Bera's parents are from Gujarat, India and he too likes Gujarat State. Ami Bera is expected to be aware how communal riots took place in Gujarat State in 2002 immediately after Modi became Chief Minister. How and why the Government did not protect the victims of communal riots and even after eleven long years no rehabilitation has been sought for the riots affected people. After so many years they have not been given justice and inquiry commissions have pending formalities. Many victims have passed away and families have ruined. The than Prime Minister Vajpayee had instructed Modi to follow his duties to protect victims of planned riots, Supreme Court, National Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and many other NGOs criticized the government for not performing its duty. USA and many other developed nations didn't give him visa and even revoked earlier visa. Education is very poor, crime and corruption are very high.
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