I don't get it. How does denying Narendra Modi a US visa qualify as an "insult to the Indian Constitution ... [and the] right of all Indians"? Why should it make "Indian Americans feel humiliated"? Where did this implication come from that what they said about Modi are India's internal matters that foreigners must not comment on?
This is absurdity on a whole host of counts.
First, why shouldn't foreigners take note of things that happen in my country and take whatever measures they see fit in response? (Including revoking a visa). After all, I found what happened in Rwanda in 1994 horrifying. I believe it would be a betrayal of my humanity to stay silent about it merely because it happened in another country. The same applies to the Holocaust, or to what happened to the original inhabitants of the Americas, or to Pakistan's rape of their own fellow countrymen and women in what used to be East Pakistan.
Second, a young lady I know -- for no particular reason, I'll call her Vibha -- was denied a US visa some years ago. Was that an insult to the Indian Constitution? Did it impinge on the rights of all Indians? (Do all Indians have a right to a US visa?) Did Indian Americans feel humiliated?
Answer: no every time. Why is it any different for Modi?
But this is familiar stuff. For three years now, this man has with consummate skill painted any criticism of him -- for all that happened in Gujarat in 2002 -- as an insult to the honour of Gujaratis. That's right, any criticism.
That the terrorism of Godhra and Ahmedabad and Baroda and Dehlol and Lunavada happened at all is the insult; that nobody has yet been punished for that terrorism is the insult. (And yes, I do mean terrorism). But a Chief Minister on whose watch this terror, these insults, happened has found entire political strategy in them. This, by a simple ploy: whenever anyone expresses outrage or bewilderment at this fantastic betrayal of justice, he shouts loudly that his constituents' honour is sullied.
Now that he can't get on that plane to the West, the ploy returns, only in slightly expanded form. He shouts loudly that all Indians' -- not just Gujaratis', but all Indians' -- honour is sullied.
Therefore, that my honour is sullied.
So as an Indian, I say today: for once and finally, speak for yourself Mr Modi. You want to feel insulted, go right ahead. But please don't get your friends in the States to speak for all Indian-Americans there. Even more than that, please don't speak for me. (Never ever speak for me).
Because understand this: when your US visa was revoked, I felt not an iota of insult. I felt not an iota of insult to my Constitution. Plenty of Indian-Americans I know felt not an iota of humiliation.
On the other hand, I am disgusted and outraged by the terrorism that happened in my country in 2002 (for that matter, in 1984 and 1992 and any number of other times as well). I am even more disgusted and outraged that my country has not punished any of the terrorists who were responsible for these great crimes. Again, to me these are the insults to me, to my Constitution, to the thousands of fellow Indians who died in these assaults.
But I am not in the least disgusted or outraged by your visa troubles.