KP Nayar authored this piece titled “US diggers find a Modi connection in Kargil resolution” in The Telegraph India (and ABP News) on Sep 22 – under which he reported his findings about how Narendra Modi in 1999-2000, as an RSS pracharak, influenced US Congress in introducing an amendment (via congressman Ackerman) to the “toothless” House Resolution 227, to put financial sanctions on Pakistan during Kargil war; which gave India enough leverage over Pakistan and eventually made Pak army retreat.
Some further research into the claims made by KP Nayar exposed that no such amendment was ever made like KP Nayar mentions. The archives of the United States government tell that there was never any amendment made to HR-227. KP Nayar mentions that much of the source of this information is Shekhar Tiwari, the co-founder of Overseas Friends of BJP – which seems more questionable now.
What is most strange is how KP Nayar mentions the exact text of the amendment which doesn’t exist —
“President should consider all alternatives, including instructing the US representatives to various international financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank to oppose any loan applications from Pakistan, except for food or humanitarian assistance, until it withdraws its forces from the Indian side of the Line of Control.”
It should be questioned from The Telegraph, that who fabricated these facts, and so blatantly. The Telegraph mentions they have procured some documents which brought up Modi’s contribution – apparently the transcripts of meetings of the House of Representatives Committee. Though the report doesn’t present these documents. I tried to contact The Telegraph India for a statement on this – and they didn’t respond in anything specific and asked me to write to them and wait for a response.
Though it is well known that during the Kargil war, Sushma Swaraj and RSS made notable contribution in lobbying against Pakistan in the US Congress; and this is the time when Narendra Modi was present in the US, and was probably a part of this. But fabricating facts to give an exaggerated spin to the story makes one question even the genuine efforts of Narendra Modi.
It should be questioned that what made KP Nayar write this piece and The Telegraph publish it without verifying even the basic facts quoted in the story – and that too for something which alters how one views history.
Written by Ishaan Mohan Bagga
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