Anger grows in India whilst Modi pays visit to the UK
Protestors have called for a boycott of a pro-Modi rally in London as anger grows over the Indian prime minister’s response to the rise of sectarian violence in his country.
The call has highlighted the controversy over Narendra Modi and his right-wing government which critics claim have exploited sectarianism to rise to power.
While many British Indians have greeted Modi’s three-day visit with one of the most spectacular welcomes ever given to a foreign leader, others, including award-winning author Arundhati Roy, have condemned Modi’s “inadequate” response to recent murders.
The SNP’s Alex Salmond and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn are among 40 MPs who have signed an Early Day Motion calling on UK Prime Minister David Cameron to make sure the issue of human rights is raised with Modi.
Campaigning group Awaaz has called for today’s boycott of the rally at Wembley Stadium, claiming there has been a 25 per cent rise in violence against religious minorities since Modi was elected last year.
“There’s no doubt that Modi represents a political current that’s very right-wing, but this protest is really about an attack on the constitutional values of secular and religious freedom in India,” said Suresh Grover of Awaaz.
“His fanatical followers treat him like a god rather than what he is – an authoritarian politician, deeply fond of expensive designer clothing, unable to answer unscripted questions, who remains silent about the grotesque fundamentalist violence that brought him to power and made him who he is.”
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