The United States had "ignored"
India for over two decades, but a new chapter in bilateral
ties opened in 2000 when then President Bill Clinton visited
the country, NRI hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal said on Wednesday.
Two Union Ministers and a
prominent US Congressman recommended the name of controversial
NRI hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal for the prestigious Padma
awards, the Government told the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
In midst of a controversy over
Padma Bhushan awarded to him, NRI hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal has said he had worked on behalf of Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh in US and listed the Indo-US nuclear deal among his ahievements.
Against the backdrop of US-based
hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal getting a Padma Bhushan, Congress on Tuesday said these awards should be given to people who enhance its prestige and not to those with a "taint".