“But doing business with him will be an imperative, assuming of course his party is able to form India’s next government,” he said.
“I think US businesses and key Indian constituents have accepted that they will have to do business with him. The relationship with India is too important to be held up on the issue of one man,” Wisner said. In 2005, the State Department had revoked a visa that Modi had for traveling to the US in the wake of the 2002 riots in Gujarat. The US has repeatedly said there is no change in its long-standing visa policy relating to Modi but he is free to apply for a visa and await a review “like any other applicant.” On how the upcoming crucial general elections in India will play out, Wisner said while it is too early to predict the electoral outcome, it is “absolutely clear” that there will be major changes in the Indian political landscape. (PTI)