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Sunita Williams to visit India next month
August 28, 2007 21:43 IST
American-Indian astronaut Sunita Williams [Images], who set a record for the longest stay in space by a woman, will visit India next month and tour her ancestral village in Gujarat's Mehsana district.
Vithal Pandya, her uncle, said on Tuesday that Sunita Williams would come by September 20.
"It is a personal visit because when Haren Pandya (former Gujarat minister and Vithal's son) was killed, she was training at NASA [Images] and could not make it to the funeral. She will pay homage to Haren's memory."
Vithal said that during her brief visit with her father, Sunita will also visit her ancestral village Jhulasan in Mehsana district in Gujarat.
Though the itinerary of Williams' visit is yet to be worked out, she may also visit scientific institutions in Hyderabad and Chennai.
Vithal, who shot into limelight by accusing Narendra Modi of having a hand in Haren Pandya's killing, said though the Gujarat government had not done anything to honour Sunita, he did not want to make the visit a political issue.