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Libya needs India’s help
Chairman and Publisher
Al Qaeda, an enigmatic entity that came into
being after 9/11, is bandied around freely in the
Western world as synonym for terrorism. The
term is now being co-opted by Muammar
Gaddafi to characterize the rebels against his
rule in Libya. Why do the UN and the Western
coalition forces conveniently ignore his cry and
help the rebels instead? Why is Gaddafi’s
efforts at rapprochement go unheeded by
Obama and the two colonial kingpins, France
and Britain? The latter two countries have only
been stirring the pot in Middle Eastern and
African countries, annoying the US and making it consider coming into make a profit from
the small nation.
In my early years in international politics, I
found Libya to be a benevolent and dignified
country when it came to helping its neighbors
and other immigrants, particularly from India.
This is a good opportunity for India to show its
gratitude to some of these countries by voicing
its support, thereby establishing its soft power while emerging as a super power.
Communist Party of India activists in Hyderabad shout slogans as they burn
American flags and an effigy of President Barack Obama while protesting the
attacks on Libya, March 25
KRISHNENDU HALDER/ REUTERS
Isaac A Samuel
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
political campaigns, the report said. In return, Louisiana has
paid AT&T about $22 million since 2008.
The consensus is that these maneuvers are at the very least
unethical. I am surprised that Governor Jindal has failed to
recognize the obvious conflict.
Scrap the surrender certificate
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On behalf of several Indians who became naturalized
American citizens, I urge India to scrap the surrender certificate requirement for obtaining the Overseas Citizenship of
We have to submit too many documents for this process. If
the old Indian passport is not available it takes even more
time to issue the surrender certificate before applying for
We all want to become OCIs for simple reason that we do
not know when that emergency call will come from India,
asking us to return soon to the family.
My beloved India should not deny my entrance to it for such
a simple reason that I do not have that old dilapidated Indian
passport, which I had discarded a long time ago when I
became a naturalized US citizen. I never thought that I would
have to carry along a document which was of no use for all
these years until this OCI came into existence.
Please scrap the surrender certificate process and start finding ways to modify the OCI process.
I thank the Indian government for accepting the OCI
Registration Card as a requirement for entry into the country
without requiring a visa sticker that used to create lots of confusion. I also thank the Indian government for merging the
people of Indian Origin and OCI definition when obtaining
PAN numbers and driving licenses in India.
A S Balasubramanian
Jindal has failed us
As Indians we were all proud when Bobby Jindal was elect-
ed governor of Louisiana, becoming the first person of Indian
origin to ever govern a state in the US. Unfortunately, some
news about the governor are nothing for Indians to be proud
The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, based in
Washington, DC, has alleged in a report that the Louisiana
first lady’s foundation was a way for corporations to ‘curry
favor with the governor while skirting campaign contribution
The Jindal foundation is the most recent example of how
powerful interests can seek to influence politicians outside of
making campaign contributions. Corporations and lobbyists
give millions each year to the favorite charities of members of
AT&T has given at least $250,000 to the Jindal Foundation
while contributing $10,000 since 2007 to Bobby Jindal’s
No absolution for Gupta
I read with interest your article, ‘When Rajaratnam spoke
to Rajat Gupta’ (India Abroad; March 25).
Be more blunt
Regarding the interview with Pratap Bhanu Mehta by
Sheela Bhatt (March 18), I have the following comments:
Mehta may be an expert in Indian politics but his com-
ments seem to be very guarded and vague. He is trying to say
that silence from Manmohan Singh and especially from his
bosses in the Congress, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, is
unacceptable. I agree with his veiled statement, but I wish he
was more open in his criticism.
As an average Indian, I feel Singh and the Gandhis have
miserably failed in their duty to Indians. It looks that they
have decided to keep silent and be part of a cover-up rather
than courageously coming out and letting all the guilty be
punished, given that corruption in India seems to have
reached astronomical proportions.
I wish all average Indians wrote letters to local and Indian
newspapers, and to all US-based organizations about corruption in India. We should also ask them to inform visiting ministers and politicians we are very unhappy with the current
level of corruption and that we expect them to remove it from
K T Shah