Power favours: Modi receives praises from WSJ but no visa from the US
Moneylife Digital Team 03 August 2012

While writing about India's recent power crisis, the WSJ has profusely praised Gujarat's chief minister’s actions on the state’s electricity situation. However Narendra Modi is shunned by the US state department and still cannot get visa from the US

 
Your true colours emerge only in crisis, they say. The recent power crisis across North and East states in India has drawn lot of criticism from domestic as well as international experts and press. Wall Street Journal (WSJ), in an article, criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his ways in the past to deal with power shortage.
 
It says: "If the past few months are any guide, Manmohan Singh will respond by ordering more coal to be shovelled into power plants for generation. The Prime Minister believes the problem is a shortage of coal for thermal plants, which provide the bulk of supply."
 
However, tucked away at the end of the blog are startling comments. Speaking about India's power situation, suddenly the article shower praises on Bihar's chief minister (CM) Nitish Kumar and Gujarat CM Narendra Modi. For Nitish Kumar, it says, "Bihar, previously a byword for poverty but now on its way up under the leadership of Nitish Kumar, last week moved to privatize power distribution in its biggest city."
 
The Journal was even more profuse in its praise for Narendra Modi. “But perhaps the greatest display of political gumption and policy creativity comes from Gujarat in the west. Chief Minister Narendra Modi's first victory was curbing the theft of power, one reason for transmission and distribution losses.” As Wall Street Journal noted, “Mr. Modi's real innovation, however, has been to set up a parallel distribution network to sell farmers electricity at competitive prices. Consumers can still access the old grid at subsidized prices, but they're increasingly turning to the new one for stable supply.”
 
According to the paper “Now Gujarat is the only Indian state that generates more power than it consumes. Consumer choice helps wean people off a de facto entitlement so that subsidized electricity can be phased out.” The Journal laments that while not all Chief Ministers will be as bold as Mr. Modi, but believes that India's states are the new laboratories for reform.
 
The paper says leaders like Narendra Modi offer a silver lining to the dark economic scenario. “The biggest lesson from the great blackout is that Delhi's failures don't necessarily doom the economy. Mr. Singh's fecklessness may deprive India of power today, but federalism gives the likes of Mr. Modi the ability to take initiative. For India to overcome its slump, the states need all the power they can get.”
 
It is indeed ironic that Wall Street Journal, as mainstream American establishment as one can get is profusely praising Modi. After all, the US state department has a policy of not allowing Narendra Modi to enter the US. In 2005 Narendra Modi was denied diplomatic visa to the US. In addition to this visa denial, his already granted B-1/B-2 visa was also revoked, under a section of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which makes any foreign government official who was responsible or "directly carried out, at any time, particularly severe violations of religious freedom" ineligible for the visa.
 
The Gujarat CM was also featured on the covers of the Time magazine. But even it did not change the stand of the US. In April, a spokesperson for the state department said, “The US position on the visa issue has not changed at all. If we do respond, it will be along familiar lines”.
 
It remains to be seen whether the US political and officialdom continue to shun Modi as he takes the centre stage in Indian politics.
Comments
Modiusvisa
9 years ago
We have launched a petition to request President Obama to reconsider US Administration’s stand on Mr. Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister of the State of Gujarat, India.

Please visit http://www.modi360.com to review and sign this petition.
Parag Mehta
1 decade ago
As said by me in previous comment, the kind of response (negative or positive), he (Narendra Modi) evokes, people who may not know him also become aware of him.
For the rest, rather than verbally or visually (media ads in Gujarati channels) countering him, by doing concrete things to counter him would make sense. Other wise him winning subsequent elections is a foregone conclusion
Rajkumar Singh
1 decade ago
The comments should not be entertained in any other language than the English.
amal
1 decade ago
modi gujarat ma rahi ne bhagala padava nu j karyu chee ane modi ne bhajap mathi hatavo nahi to loko ne ladavase
amal
1 decade ago
modi sarkar ne faravu ane khavi ane udadavu vadhare game che pan garibo ne kasu nahi modi ne hatavo ...
amal
1 decade ago
moodi na raj ma modi e kasu karyu nathi ane emana pad par thi hati javu joie nahi to vadhu moghavari thase
amal
1 decade ago
modi sarakaar kasu kaam ni nathi ane garibo ne kasu aapati nathi ane vija mate rupiya bagadva ma aave che
amal
1 decade ago
modi sarakare garibo nu kasu karyu nathi ane vija mate rupiya bagadi ne kota kaam kare che
anantha
Replied to amal comment 1 decade ago
mr. amal, why don't you please write in english or at least in hindi so that peope c
can appreciate your views.thanks.
amal
1 decade ago
modi sarakare garibo ne kasu karyu anthi aene vija kya thi male pela garibo pachi vija
prakash C Sheth
1 decade ago
Prakash C Sheth--The World is WIDE OPEN for attracting Investments and also Push INDIA's EXPORTS by State of GUJARAT provided the cost-benefit work to the mutual advantages. INDIA and States incl. Gujarat must AIM for higher Investments and accretion to INDIA's Wealth, higher value additions and Job growth while negotiating deals, Shun all Trade imports that creates TRADE Imbalances, incl. CHINESE trade, reject 51 % ownership by foreign interests especially the ones that CONNIVE to run Chinese factories full throttle while choking INDIA's industrial and trade growth.INDIA's consumption story should be discouraged if it swells INDIA's trade imbalance. Whether USA's denying VISA to sh. NAMO is tantamount to ' Sanction'or asemblance of it should be debated.Regards
Dahyabhai S Patel
1 decade ago
Though Modi has made power theft under control and reforms in power distribution, do you know the cost of power in Gujarat? Probably it is among one of the hofhest!!!!!

I doubt if surplus power in Gujarat is due to Modi's efforts!!!!
Parag Mehta
1 decade ago
The more it is said about him positive or negative, more the popular he becomes. He should in fact be a study case for advertisement agencies.
He is least bothered about what is said and written about him. He goes on delivering the results, which is his utmost priority.
Hemant
1 decade ago
It seems everyone else except Mr.Modi is worried abt US Visa.He is not showing any worry,then why should one think on these lines.He is doing much better & have ways & means to reach US business community,if at all he needs.
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