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Friday, May 16, 2014

U.S. policy on India, and Modi, needs to change

URL -  http://theghousediary.blogspot.com/2014/05/us-policy-on-india-and-modi-needs-to.html

We are a Democracy and each one of us has the freedom to express our differences without fear,  but yet we have to work together in nation building and the common good of every member of the society.

Whatever is needed to be done should have been done at the ballot, the majority, indeed, the overwhelming majority has chosen to trust the words of Mr. Modi and together, we have to go forward. 

Justice should be the foundation of every society and no one should be above the law, and the law is clear: One is innocent until proven guilty.  Mr. Modi in his interview with NDTV has challenged the civil society to hang him, if he is found guilty, until he is found guilty, we need to value our systems, justice is the only thing the society stands on.

I have been critical of Mr. Modi from the very beginning and that has not changed, but I was never for the pound of flesh, instead I was for restoring the lives of those who lost their homes, livelihood and the loved ones, and to build a cohesive India where no Indian had to live in fear of the other. In each one of the pieces I have written, the theme was consistent; Justice and inclusion. My last OpEd at Huffington post repeats the appeal - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-ghouse/indias-modi-on-his-best-behavior-can-we-trust-him_b_5280892.html 

I  agree with Fareed Zakaria on many items he has listed, I do hope, President Obama puts his differences aside, and values the verdict of the people of India, it is not a simple majority, it is a huge majority. Let's give Modi a chance and trust our democracy and support him in his plans - as he has articulated it in his interview time and again. 

Mike Ghouse

Fareed Zakaria's piece at
Washington Post

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