Massive protests to greet Modi in London
Human rights activists and several socioreligious forums are ready to stage huge protests at Downing Street and Wembley to mar the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A massive projection of Narendra Modi holding a sword in one hand and a shield with a Hindu religious (Oum) symbol with a swastika superimposed appeared on the Houses of Parliament next to the iconic Big Ben
The Awaaz Network is spearheading the protest. Others joining the ‘Modi Not Welcome’ team are South Asia Solidarity Group, Sikh Federation UK, Southall Black Sisters, Dalit Solidarity Network UK, Indian Muslim Federation, Indian Workers Association, Muslim Parliament, and Voice of Dalit International.
The campaigners projected the words “Modi not welcome” onto the Houses of Parliament building on Sunday in a bold show of protest against the controversial Indian premier. The projection showed the ultra Hindu nationalist wielding a sword in front of “an Oum sign that is tragically being transferred to a swastika.”
“Modi wants to sell the idea of a digital India, a clean India and a developed and self-sufficient India,” said a spokesperson for the Awaaz Network. “The reality is the unleashing of a violence packed authoritarian agenda that seeks to undermine India’s democratic and secular fabric.”
The visit is seen as an opportunity to help “break down the wall between the Indian state and many Sikhs outside India,” the Sikh Human Rights Group said.
It has sent five proposals to New Delhi, including abolishing ‘blacklists’ of Sikhs living abroad who cannot travel to India, release of prisoners held for political reasons and a dialogue between the Indian government and Sikhs based abroad.
Several Pakistani and Kashmiri groups are also planning to stage demonstrations to denounce Indian forces’ alleged excesses in the Valley.
High-profile Indians were diverting from the planning for the visit by the death of Lord Swaraj Paul’s son’s from a mysterious fall from his penthouse in central London.
Angad Paul fell eight stories, landing on the roof of a building below. Paul was educated at MIT. Firefighters were called to lead the operation to get him down and paramedics pronounced the 45-year-old dead at the scene.