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All you need is Visa power

March 8, 2012

The great thing about the free movement of peoples and cultures is that it is so easy to prevent.

From the newspapers these last few months:

The government has revoked the visa of Japanese Maya Kobayashi, who was scheduled to visit India to share her experiences as a resident of Fukushima, the site of the nuclear disaster caused by an earthquake and tsunami last March…

“Your application for Business Visa does not match with the stated purpose of your proposed visit and is tantamount to factual misrepresentation,” said the letter from Sanjay Panda, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Indian Embassy in Tokyo.

Apart from the Japanese, Ze Germans have also been up to some funny business:

When a backpacker is woken up by the police in the middle of the night, forced to reveal the password of his laptop, and put on a flight to Germany because he is suspected of “financing” an agitation in the area, it looks both silly and paranoid…

“I participated in some anti-nuclear demonstrations. As far as I know, this was no illegal activity,” he adds from his home in Essen, Germany…

Visa is one of the sticks the government uses to beat the “trouble-making” foreign activists and NGOs with…

Even the Americans can’t be trusted

Mr. Barsamian was deported from Delhi’s international airport on September 23 by the immigration authorities, who told him that he was “banned” from entering the country but refused to divulge the reasons…

Oh wait, there’s more:

The deportation of David Barsamian unfortunately mirrors the manner in which Professor Richard Shapiro was arbitrarily stopped from entering India in November 2010.

Chalo, at least we know it’s all tit for tat:

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 10, 2012 3:56 PM

    Not to forget Tom Heinemann, the dangerous Danish journalist our eager beaver diplomats stopped from coming to Bharathvarsh and indulging in — shock, horror — journalistic activities.

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