Hindu leader denied US visa once again

June 14th, 2008 - 9:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Thiruvananthapuram, June 14 (IANS) Kummanam Rajasekharan, a leader of a hindu organisation in Kerala, has been denied a US visa for the second time in a row. Rajasekharan, chairman of Hindu Aikya Vedi (Hindu United Front) was invited to attend a seminar on education, journalism and environment protection in Pennsylvania University. He appeared for a visa interview at the US consulate in Chennai Friday.

“I had an invitation from the chancellor of the Pennsylvania University to attend the seminar. I was invited because I am the managing director of Janmabhoomi daily newspaper,” Rajasekharan told IANS.

Janmabhoomi is the party newspaper of the Bharatiya Janata Party published from three centres in Kerala.

“I was asked what salary I draw from the newspaper. Since I do honorary work, I said I am not paid. I had with me a letter from the board of directors of the newspaper that stated clearly that all expenses would be borne by the paper. Last year I was denied the visa after being invited for a Hindu convention in New York,” added Rajasekharan.

“Yes, I do understand they have rules and regulations but many who were standing in the queue did not have papers like I had. Maybe since all the information is available on the Internet they know more about me,” said Rajasekharan.

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