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US Cancels Visa Of Hard-line Indian Hindu Nationalist Leader

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India is criticizing a US decision to revoke a visa for Gujarat state Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who has been accused by Indian human rights groups of inaction in stopping anti-Muslim violence. India's foreign ministry says the U.S. move shows a lack of courtesy and sensitivity, and Mr. Modi called it "an insult to India." An American embassy spokesman says Mr. Modi's visa was revoked under a law that prohibits government officials from entering the United States if they are directly or indirectly responsible for violating religious freedoms. The Hindu nationalist leader heads India's western Gujarat state, where some two-thousand people, mostly Muslims were killed in bloody Hindu backlash in 2002. The backlash was triggered by a train fire that killed 59 Hindu pilgrims, and the survivors blamed the fire on Muslim extremists.
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