Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to visit the United Kingdom this week. While Modi reportedly enjoys over 80% approval rate in India, it would seem that British Indians are not very happy with the current Indian Prime Minister. Even in India, Prime Minister Modi faces decreasing popularity a proof of which is the fact that his party just lost elections in Bihar. Perhaps it’s his indifference to Shiv Sena, an Indian political party responsible for nothing short of chaos in India currently. The British Indians however took the decreasing popularity to the next level. In that, the British Indians upon hearing of Modi’s arrival to the UK, projected the words MODI NOT WELCOME onto the British parliament building. That is strong rejection.
Modi will be the first Indian prime minister to visit the UK in almost a decade. He will land in London on the 12th November. The Awaaz Network, responsible for the aforementioned projection, is currently making efforts to mobilize people to join them in a protest march against the Indian leader. A spokesperson of the Awaaz Network spoke on British Indians’ rejection towards Modi saying,
Narendra Modi wants to sell the idea of a ‘Digital India’, a ‘Clean India’ and a developed and self-sufficient India. The reality is the unleashing of a violence authoritarian agenda that seeks to undermine India’s democratic and secular fabric.
Reportedly, a vast number of organizations have joined hands with the Awaaz Network to support the campaign against Modi, some of which are South Asia Solidariy Group, Southall Black Sisters, Indian Muslim Federation, Muslim Parliament, Sikh Federation UK, Dalit Solidarity Network UK, Indian Workers Association, and Voice of Dalit International. That’s quite the handful of organizations expressing clear resentment with Modi and perhaps for good reason. British Indians claim that Modi was involved in killings of innocents in Gujarat, and that the killings were pre-planned, and mostly of Muslims. It was a reference to the 2002 Gujarat riots which ended up with over 1,000 casualties.
Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2002 and was accused of condoning the violence. That resulted in a 10-year diplomatic boycott on Modi from certain European countries, the U.S. and the U.K. In those 10 years, Modi was not allowed to enter the U.K. In 2012, Supreme Court of India cleared Modi of any involvement and subsequently the boycott was over. Now, Modi is all set to visit the U.K. While the Supreme Court of India made peace with Modi, it is more than obvious that the British Indians are not that forgiving.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.