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U.S. eager to forget about new India premier's 2005 visa denial
U.S. eager to forget about new India premier's 2005 visa denial

When President Obama hosts new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for dinner at the White House next week, the leaders will have a long list of issues to discuss: trade disagreements, China's rise, nuclear policy and counter-terrorism, among others. One awkward topic neither is expected to raise is that until recently, Modi was barred from setting foot in the United States. In 2005, Modi, an ardent Hindu nationalist and rising political star, was denied a U.S. visa over accusations that he failed to stop religious pogroms in which hundreds were killed, mostly Muslims, in the Indian state where he was serving as chief executive. That decision to bar him now seems like ancient...

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