Modi image on Westminster: British MP raises issue in House, NGO says it got idea from 3D hologram campaign

An image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi holding a sword against the backdrop of a swastika on the Palace of Westminster.

Written by Leela Prasad | New Delhi | Updated: November 13, 2015 12:27 pm
modi not welcome, modi uk parliament, Modi protest An image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi holding a sword against the backdrop of a swastika on the Palace of Westminster.

Days after an NGO claimed it had projected an image of the Indian Prime Minister holding a sword against the backdrop of a swastika on the Palace of Westminster, British MP Bob Blackman said no permission was sought by the NGO to stage the protest. The MP from Harrow East said he had raised this “despicable act” in the House of Commons and promised that those responsible will be caught.

The timing of the protest coincided with the day Bihar election results were announced and Britain was celebrating its win over fascism in World War II.

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One of the founding members of Awaaz Network, the NGO that claimed to have beamed the image on the British Parliament, told Indianexpress.com they got the idea to project the image, bearing the words “Modi not welcome”, on to the UK Parliament from Modi’s 3D hologram campaign during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

“The idea of the projection came after long discussion within the group, and then I realised that Modi had used hologram images during the election campaign and wee needed the same technology to project the reality and dangers of using religion for political purposes,” said Suresh Grover, a UK-based civil rights activist and member of Awaaz Network.

Grover said technicians had to be called in to get the projection of the image right. “It required a great amount of time to plan, the image has to be projected perfectly and the technology involved is complex,” said Grover.

The reason behind choosing to project the image on the parliament was because Mr Modi seeks its legitimacy, just as he craves legitimacy on the world stage, said Grover in a press release yesterday.

“I think it sends a clear message that a large part of the Indian community her reject the politics of hate and intolerance, where ever it takes place – in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh , Myanmar any country in south asia or in this country,” said Grover.

The press release also called MP Blackman a long-term supporter of the RSS, the VHP and BJP. “He attended an RSS camp in the UK as an hounored guest and openly supported it,” the press release read.

The Wall Street Journal reported that a member of the public called the Metropolitan Police to complain about an image being projected from a van parked on the Westminster Bridge near the House of Commons. The Westminster Council are also reportedly investigating the case.

Awaaz Network has planned a mass protest at Downing Street on Thursday noon as Narendra Modi meets British Prime Minister David Cameron before addressing the UK Parliament.

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    Man
    Nov 13, 2015 at 2:08 am
    Awaz network prominent member hasan suroor, the ped0phile is already in jail. That shows thr legitimacy of the NGO.
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      Vikrant
      Nov 12, 2015 at 8:32 pm
      Just as evangelical missionaries and their paid converts are or for that matter foreign funded anti national ngos are
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        Vikrant
        Nov 12, 2015 at 8:37 pm
        The worst murderer and criminals in recent Indian history has been Nehru and his family members. Millions of Indians have been killed or siffered right from 1947 to satisfy the lust for gaddi of this family.
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          Tepoel
          Nov 12, 2015 at 11:37 pm
          liberal did you read the consution? If yes you would not reply this stop spreading this non-sense. All the protesters are india-fed, brainwashed people. Why would a indian citizen die in a shooting in Nepal. (Don't say he was returning home and police shot him, i will send you a video of him throwing bricks, and a person returning his home after visiting his uncle throws stone at police of some other country, irony.) You don't know what nepalese are going through right now, the protest is by the brainwashed people, and india is acting as a catalyst.
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            Mintt
            Nov 13, 2015 at 1:25 pm
            Shame on Indians staying in Uk if our beloved PM of India has been projected like this and real Indian not the bstrds antinationals and stooges of congress whose fathers is an english man and mother italian. Real Indians needs to support as much as possible...
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              Smoker
              Nov 12, 2015 at 9:45 pm
              These NRIs, Why you bother India ? you choose to leave it, so just leave it, don't bother :)
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                pk
                Nov 12, 2015 at 7:19 pm
                George - you don't believe on rule of law but only on propoa based justice. This approach needs to change.
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                  Will
                  Nov 13, 2015 at 6:03 am
                  Awaaz is funded by Indian Communists.After fall of CCCP some one paid these commies to pretend to be just leftists and infiltrate Brish American universities. They share bad with all Naxals Maoists and Jihadists. Most worrying in a Coke snoting Bangali communist a Pathological lier working for Guardian a psedo Racist paper a real Hindu hater. who lies to the teeth. Is Russian FSB bent on sabotaging Indian states closeness to USA and UK?
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                    Zina
                    Nov 13, 2015 at 3:16 am
                    Why don’t the British writers who wrote to Cameron against Modi write for tolerance towards Hindu symbols? Awaaz network should try this morphing with the symbols of other religions. The network will not function after that.
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                      Zina
                      Nov 13, 2015 at 3:35 am
                      Will Sonia hi, Rahul hi and the jnanapith / sahitya award returnees (Bihar poll dramatists) march now for ‘Tolerance’ towards ‘Om’ - symbol?
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                        Zina
                        Nov 13, 2015 at 2:38 am
                        You say "None of us are Anti-Hindu" - but use the OM symbol for your own and Awaaz network's hate campaign. That is the irony! What has the OM symbol got to do with Modi? Try this with the symbols of other religions. Charlie Hebdo artists were killed for their freedom of expression. You are in Finland. When did Finland morph into UK and your property? I hope Britain punishes the culprits who did this.
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                          Mavala
                          Nov 13, 2015 at 4:57 am
                          Suresh's The Monitoring Group is funded by the National Lottery, U wonder what they make of using public funds to demean religion and also commit crimes of projecting images without a licence ... Good for the goose, good for the ...
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                            ajeet
                            Nov 12, 2015 at 6:30 pm
                            So the writers are requesting Britain, which lied and followed America into the Gulf war and is behind the problem in Middle East from Syria to Iraq to advise India?
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                              Anand Drivedi
                              Nov 12, 2015 at 7:33 pm
                              No matter what, the fact is that the world recognizes that Modi is a criminal and a genocidal maniac. He was banned from entering the US and Europe up until he was elected the head of state. The ban was only lifted because of UN compulsions as the head of state. Next election when Modi and BJP is defeated he will once again be banned from entering all countries. He knows that, so he is enjoying his world vacation as long as it lasts. He knows very well it will not last long so he is enjoying at the cost of the tax payer.
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                                Anand Drivedi
                                Nov 12, 2015 at 7:33 pm
                                No matter what. The fact is that the world recognizes that Modi is a criminal and a genocidal maniac. He was banned from entering the US and Europe up until he was elected the head of state. The ban was only lifted because of UN compulsions as the head of state. Next election when Modi and BJP is defeated he will once again be banned from entering all countries. He knows that, so he is enjoying his world vacation as long as it lasts. He knows very well it will not last long so he is enjoying at the cost of the tax payer.
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                                  Avinash
                                  Nov 13, 2015 at 7:34 am
                                  At least they are not killing.
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                                    Casteless
                                    Nov 12, 2015 at 8:59 pm
                                    Shame on Hindu Indians in the UK who have not protested against the use of Om and Swastik in this projection. If Suresh Grover does this to Muslims he would be be beheaded. Britain loves these Indian coolies to do their dirty work for them in the name of NGOs.
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                                      Dhurandar Bhatawdekar
                                      Nov 12, 2015 at 10:22 pm
                                      A monkey once contested for the post of King of the Jungle. The animals of the jungle asked him what he would do for them if he won ? He said " If I win , i will go here and there " The animals thought he meant that if he won he would work for their welfare, and so they voted for him, and he won the election. The tiger, who had always been elected King, was infuriated. So he caught a fawn and said I will eat you. On hearing this the mother of the fawn came running, and asked the tiger why he wanted to eat her baby. The tiger replied because you have not voted for me. The fawn's mother then went running to the monkey, and said that we have elected you king, please save my fawn. The monkey replied " My election promise was not to save fawns. It was just to go here and there. I am jumping from branch to branch of trees. So I have fulfilled my promise. " good one
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                                        Biju Jayarajan
                                        Nov 13, 2015 at 7:52 am
                                        Anti Modi HASAN SUROOR is a Pedophile
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                                          Biju Jayarajan
                                          Nov 13, 2015 at 7:39 am
                                          Dear moderator, are you supported by Awaaz foundation. Why have you not allowed my post about hasan suroor.
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                                            Biju Jayarajan
                                            Nov 13, 2015 at 7:53 am
                                            Fooled you Moderator
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