Among Indian Americans, Modi has supporters and sharp critics
By Pamela Constable June 7
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a joint meeting of Congress on Wednesday, a rare honor that contrasts sharply with the affront he faced more than a decade ago when he was denied a U.S. visa after Hindu riots killed more than 1,000 people in the state he then governed.But even as many Indian Americans cheer the ascent of Modi, who met Tuesday with President Obama at the White House, others say they continue to be troubled by his record on human rights since he became prime minister in 2014.As he speaks at the Capitol, a group of Indian American Christians will hold a prayer vigil a few blocks away to protest what they call a pattern of abuse against religious minorities in India, including the torching of churches and the lynching of Muslims for eating beef.
“We welcomed Mr. Modi when he was elected, but he has driven the country into religious polarization,” said John Prabhudoss, president of the Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations. “He took an oath to protect the constitution and all the people, but he has failed to uphold it.”