Friday, 16 October 2015

Protesting Narendra Modi's visit to the UK


Modi with the RSS

This November, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India is visiting the UK. Narendra Modi is a lifelong cadre of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a Hindu supremacist paramilitary organisation modeled on the Nazi and Italian Fascist parties.

In 2002, as Chief Minister of Gujarat, Modi presided over the genocidal attacks in which over 2,000 people from Gujarat’s Muslim minority community were systematically killed, and 200,000 displaced. Women and children were specifically targeted for horrific violence in the pogrom.

What happened in Gujarat in 2002 has been amply documented and there is clear evidence that the violence was orchestrated and sponsored by the Modi’s state government (‘India: Justice — the victim in Gujarat’). 

Since 2002, Modi has never expressed any regret for what happened in Gujarat, stating, when asked about his feelings, that he felt as sad as an occupant of a car that runs over a puppy. Since Modi became Prime Minister in May 2014, incidents of violence against minorities, incited by the hate-speech of his party members and ministers, has become a daily occurrence.

Who is welcoming Modi to Britain?

The Hindu Right has a network of organizations in the UK, including the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS – the British wing of the RSS)the National Hindu Students Federation, Hindu Forum of Britain, and others. 
The HSS UK is currently being investigated by the British Charity Commission after it was exposed in an ITV documentary ‘Charities Behaving Badly’ broadcast in February 2015. The film showed an HSS UK youth camp where young people were systematically indoctrinated in anti- Muslim and anti-Christian ideology.

Take Action!

Reclaim Diwali! 

We, along with South Asia Solidarity Group, Dalit Solidarity Network, South Asian Women’s Creative Collective have announced a special Diwali celebration on 6th November. Join our event here and share amongst friends!

With incendiary performances from:

Dancer and choreographer KALI CHANDRASEGARAM
Spoken word artist SHAREEFA ENERGY
Tamil political poetry choreographed for Bharatnatyam from OVIA, ANAMIHA AND NIRMALA
Bengali songs by Lalon and Nazrul presented by Mukul and Ghetto Tigers with DELWAR HOSSAIN DILU, TANUSREE GUHA, TONNI KHAN, SAIDA TANIA and PORAG HASAN

And much more!

Plus delicious food (non-vegetarian and vegetarian) including the Beef dishes the Hindu right want to ban!

Sign our petition!

We urge the four Labour MPs - Keith Vaz (Leicester East), Virendra Sharma (Ealing and Southall), Steve Pound (Ealing North) and Seema Malhotra (Feltham and Heston) to reconsider their decision to donate their pay rises for November to the cost of the 'Olympics style' cultural extravaganza in Wembley welcoming Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Instead, they should donate the money to the families of the victims of the 2002 Gujarat genocide that occurred under Modi's watch and in which 2,000 Muslims lost their lives and to the survivors of more recent attacks by members of Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and allied organisations; alternatively, closer to home they could donate the money to food banks in the UK.

Sign the petition here!

Modi Not Welcome in London - A Day of Protest

Meeting Point:
10 Downing Street moving to Parliament Square
3.30pm: Meeting at House of Commons

For more information find out here

The day of protest is organised under the Avaaz network with support from Anti Caste Discrimination Alliance, Dalit Solidarity Network (UK), Indian Muslim Federation (UK), Indian Workers Association (GB), Muslim Parliament, Oxford South Asia Forum, South Asia Solidarity Group, Southall Black Sisters,Southall Monitoring Group, The Sikh Federation (UK), Voice of Dalit International

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