By Aakar Patel (for Info only, not official)


By Aakar Patel

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    ...He said this ban would remain till he could “figure out what’s going on”. On taking office, President Trump put in force this ban on nations which included Iran, a country whose population has relationships with lakhs of Iranian-Americans, and Iraq, many of whose citizens took America’s side in a war against their own countrymen. The list also included Syria, where violence is forcing millions to flee. The Trump order did not seem to have been properly vetted by experts and initially covered those individuals who were citizens of those seven nations but held permanent residency rights in the United States (what is called a ‘Green Card’). And the ban also extended to all those citizens from these nations who held valid tourst and business visas for America, causing chaos at airports. ...

    ABP on Feb. 5, 2017, midnight

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    ...On January 11, an Indian tweeted her a shot of Amazon Canada’s online store, which sold peronalised doormats, some of which were in the colours of the Indian flag. Swaraj’s correspondent wrote: “Madam. Amazon Canada must be censured and warned not to sell India flag doormats. Please take action.” Madam took action through three tweets. The first read: “Indian High Commission in Canada : This is unacceptable. Please take this up with Amazon at the highest level.” The second one read: “Amazon must tender unconditional apology. They must withdraw all products insulting our national flag immediately.” Two minutes later, she sent a threat through her last tweet: “If this is not done forthwith, we will not grant Indian Visa to any Amazon official. We will also rescind the Visas issued earlier.” The doormat maker was of course not familiar with Indian culture. Western doormats have things like ‘Welcome’ written on them, and it is fine to step on them because there is no cultural offense. ...

    ABP on Jan. 16, 2017, midnight