Wednesday, December 30, 2009

MEA-Tharoor Tweet.

david headley was an ex-convict, who travelled many times to pakistan after 9/11/2001. he starts visiting india from 2006-2008 number of times on a multiple entry business visa. now he was presumed to have planned various terror attacks, including mumbai attack.

ok now.
1. an ex-convict, and a person who is on a FBI watchlist, how did he managed to get easy multiple entry VISA into india.
2. his various visits to pakistan, should'nt it have triggered an alert to ministry of external affairs (MEA) while issuing VISA.
3. his VISA papers went missing in embasy and took a long time to re-appear(not sure if correct paper has re-appeared).
4. when Dubai market crashed, many keralites and other workers were laid-off via SMS, and across india various channels showed how indian workforce are exploited and the poor conditions they live in.

now what does minister of state(MoS) for external affairs do. does he explain any of these goofups in his tweet or remained silent on twitter about all of these issues, never ever uttered any word. finally when he tweeted on MEA policy, it was right away blaming visa restrictions that was ensured for security purposes. reason he cited

26/11 attackers never had any VISA--

this statement straight away looked utter foolish, specially becasue there is increasing evidence now that 26/11 "planners" had entered india using VISA. if VISA restriction was severe then, may be 26/11 would not have been planned in the first place.

business is affected because of this--

terrorist attack are not made only for killing civilians, it is also made to crash the business interest of the country, to stop MNC from investing in , make the country a financially instable place. perhaps this was the reason many attacks are made in mumbai, the financial capital of india.
so business interest is very closely assosciated with security. what use in giving unrestricted VISA to foreigners, which also allows certain loopholes and ultimately result in attack on the financial capital.

my opinion, MEA is one ministry which is not in great hands now, including SMK.


மணிகண்டன் said...

Sam, All your questions are valid. And from this post, i presume that you have understood the nuances of debating. When someone says something, try to understand on why he remained silent on all other stuffs :)- question him, question him, question him - till he ceases to speak anything in public.

I have not yet read the visa reforms completely but some of the restrictions are just mundane. Try to read them all and see on whether it brings any change to your opinion.

Jegu said...

Valid Questions and most of the people would like to know the answers for these and i don't think anyone can get, regarding the reforms i didn't read it yet and will get back to you if i have any questions..

Sammy said...

(an update)
On November 4, the Union Home Ministry issued a directive that foreign nationals having a long-term multi-entry Indian tourist visa must have a mandatory two-month gap between two visits

more information on link below.

Tharoor tweets.
On December 26 he said: “Issue is not security vs (versus) tourism, but whether visa restrictions protect our security. 26/11 killers had no visas.”

“cost us millions of $ (dollars) and alienates (sic)”.

“Is all that worth it just in hope of making it difficult for a future Headley to recce (reconnaissance)? R (Are) we going 2 (to) allow terrorists 2 (to) make us less welcoming?” he asked, rhetorically.

Sammy said...


thanks for encouraging comments there.
when it comes to security, "better safe than be sorry". i have not understood the new rules completely, but i see it as a little step forward.
Just wait till US releases their new VISA rules now, after nigerian incident, every country have some mundane rules.

Sammy said...

thanks jegu.

more information here.