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'No racist undertones in visa denial'

Suman Guha Mozumder in New York | March 23, 2005 14:07 IST

Even as he condemned the State Department decision to deny a visa to Narendra Modi, Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi,wondered how the Gujarat chief minister finds similarities between his situation and that ofGandhi's when he was thrown out of a train in South Africa.

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"It seems it is somethingpulled out of his (Modi's) hat. After all, the Mahatma was never denied a visa to any country,"he said on Tuesday.

Arun Gandhi is the founder and chairman of the MK Gandhi Institute for Non-violence.

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In the context of the visa denial, Modi likened his situation to that of Gandhi, who was a victim of racial discrimination in South Africa.

But Arun Gandhi said Modi's case was not an example of discrimination.

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"Modi is a democratically elected official and should have been given the freedom to travel and pursue his engagement," Gandhi told rediff.com.

"But for him to say that there is a similaritywith Bapuji's life is far fetched," he added.

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