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US Meddles in Indian Elections Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Feb 10, 2014, 10:30 PM

It is considered a diplomatic custom for the U.S. State Department not to get involved with electioneering campaigns of candidates running for office in foreign countries, especially those that are considered allies of the U.S.A. Nevertheless, Secretary of State John Kerry is bucking tradition by endorsing an opposition leader of India in his bid to get elected as the country's prime minister.

According to the BBC News, "US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell is to meet controversial Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi soon, a US State Department spokesman has said."

President Barack Obama, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, has endorsed a candidate, who faces accusations that he sparked massive Hindu-Muslim riots in India.

As reported by the BBC, "This is seen as a significant shift in the US stance towards Mr Modi, the main opposition party's candidate for prime minister. Mr Modi has been criticised for his handling of Hindu-Muslim riots in 2002. Riots erupted after 60 Hindu pilgrims died in a train fire which Muslims were blamed for igniting."

Meanwhile, U.S. Homeland Security has placed Mr. Modi on a "terrorist list," in which he is forbidden to enter US territory.

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