In the glow of last week’s news that San Jose scored direct flights to and from Germany with Lufthansa—nevermind that just six months ago one of its suicidal pilots purposely flew into the French Alps, killing 149 passengers—a bigger deal has fallen through the cracks. Late last month, San Jose’s airport rolled out the red carpet, literally, to welcome Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. For months the city courted the PM, who has an unusually active role in determining where his country’s airline, Air India, will fly. In addition to providing a huge police escort and additional security, Team Liccardo commissioned a $1,000 key to the city for Modi. The 3-foot, stainless steel electric guitar posing as a key was a symbolic gesture, yet there was some internal debate on the appropriateness of giving a gift to a man almost certainly mixed up with some modern day pogroms. In 2002, following a train fire that killed 58 people in Gujarat, India’s westernmost state, then-chief minister Modi failed to prevent—if not incited—riots that killed more than 1,000 Muslims as retribution, and included the savage public raping of numerous women. Modi’s rise up the political ladder recently forced the U.S. to rescind its 12-year travel ban, and San Jose officials reluctantly began assembling the welcome wagon in hopes of scoring flights between here and Delhi. The day after he arrived, Modi spoke in front of more than 18,000 people at SAP Center, but not before an awkward pre-speech meet-and-greet. Modi shared a few short words with local electeds, including Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, and Mayor Liccardo also got a little face time. He thanked Modi for what the mayor had been assured was a done deal, and the PM was amiable, if not a little standoffish. He then went on stage and told a jubilant crowd that he was happy to announce new direct flights between Delhi and, ahem, San Francisco.