Activists, groups in US launch campaign against Narendra Modi
New York: A group of
activists, organisations and some members of the Patel community have launched
a campaign in the US against India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi who arrived
in New York on Thursday.
The campaign in various
shape and form primarily includes multiple levels of protests in both New York
and San Jose where the Prime Minister would be travelling. It also includes a
massive campaign on social media and even a big bill board from the new
“Modifail” campaign launched by Alliance for Justice and Accountability (AJA).
Describing itself as a
coalition of progressive groups in the US, the AJA has put up a huge billboard
on freeways in Silicon Valley. The saffron-colored billboard has a huge mugshot
of the Prime Minister addressing a rally. “We stand against Modi’s regressive
agenda,” the bill board in Milpitas says.
In a statement, AJA
hoped that this series of billboards in the Bay Area will inform the American
people that Modi’s upcoming “Silicon Valley PR tour is being used as an excuse
to whitewash his dismal record” as Prime Minister. AJA plans protests outside
the SAP Center in San Jose on September 27, where Modi is scheduled to address
to some 18,500 Indian-Americans.
New York-based Sikh for
Justice has said it will hold similar protests before the United Nations here
and also in front of the SAP Centre in San Jose on September 27.
It has also announced a
reward of USD 10,000 to anyone who asks questions to Modi and Facebook chief
Mark Zuckerberg during their upcoming Townhall meeting at Facebook HQ.
A section of the Patel
community, who are agitated against police action in Gujarat, has said they
would raise “black flags” against Modi in both New York and San Jose.
US-based Human Rights
Watch urged CEOs of American technology companies to tell the Indian leader
that they will oppose any steps that erode free expression or privacy rights.
“While India presents significant business opportunities, CEOs should tell Modi
that they will oppose any steps that erode free expression or privacy rights,”
Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement.
During his stay in the
US – primarily in New York and Silicon Valley – Modi will meet the CEOs of top
technology firms such as Google, Apple, Microsoft, Adobe and Facebook.
Asian American Hotel Owners Association or AAHOA has welcomed the US visit of
the Prime Minister, describing him as a leader who has a distinguished record
of fostering economic development and innovation.