Thursday, March 24, 2005

INDIA: Guilt by any other name

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A psychoanalyst would probably find much more in the sometimes overlapping and sometimes disparate layers of Modi's arguments against the American decision than a columnist. There is a hint of self-incrimination in the plea that if others who have violated human rights can be permitted to visit America, and even welcomed (he can hardly resist mentioning President Pervez Musharraf), why should he be denied a visa? At other moments, there are suggestions that India's sovereignty has been undermined. Er, not quite. It takes more than a denied visa to undermine our sovereignty. But Narendra Modi does provide one splendid suggestion. Should India refuse a visa to the United States Chief Of Army Staff because of the alleged violation of human rights in Iraq?............More