'Sadly, CounterPunch and Senator Santorum have suggested that I somehow endorse that violence [in Gujarat 2002] and the ongoing violence in Orissa. I do not - I deplore it. But more than that, I have worked against it, and will continue to do so'
'My personal politics have nothing in common with the views espoused by the VHP, the RSS, or any such organization. Ridiculous tactics of guilt by association have been decisively repudiated by the American people..'