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Indian-American groups to protest against Narendra Modi’s US visit

Modi is expected to travel to the US in a week to attend the 70th annual session of the UN General Assembly.

By: PTI | Washington | Updated: September 18, 2015 4:18 pm
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Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US next week, several Indian-American groups have decided to stage protest rallies against him.

Under the banner of Alliance for Justice and Accountability (AJA), these organisations will hold a peaceful protest rally outside the SAP Center in San Jose on September 27, where Modi would be addressing a full crowd of some 18,500 people with thousands others expected to be watching him live on big screens outside.

“AJA will hold a protest at the SAP Center on September 27, 2015 under the banner #ModiFail, to expose the realities behind Modi’s alleged accomplishments,” a press statement said.

The alliance, which describes itself as a US-based coalition of a diverse range of Indian-South Asian organisations and individuals, has also launched a website http://www.modifail.com, highlighting the alleged failures of the Prime Minister.

AJA had held a similar protest rally of about hundred people when Modi addressed some 20,000 Indian-Americans at the Madison Square Garden in New York last year.

“The Alliance will also reach out to elected officials and corporate leaders in the US to inform them about Modi’s failed and regressive policies that negatively impact human rights, religious freedoms, the environment, and overall: shrink the space for civil liberties under his rule,” it said.

“Narendra Modi is visiting Silicon Valley to talk about Digital India. But we’re worried by his record. Digital Indians deserve strong privacy and free speech protection,” said Anirvan Chatterjee of AJA.

Sikh for Justice’s legal advisor Gurpatwant Singh Pannun said that the New York-based outfit would picket Facebook headquarters when Modi visits the complex on September 27.

Supporters of Modi on Thursday announced to gather in large numbers to welcome him outside his hotel when he arrives in New York to attend the 70th session of the UN General Assembly.

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    Bhagwan Goklani
    Sep 23, 2015 at 9:47 pm
    It is time educated Indians in America stopped making fools of themselves. The w country will be watching these fools.
    1. Azad Kaushik
      Sep 18, 2015 at 5:03 pm
      Such fringe elements who have done no good to india or for the Indian community abroad. These self-serving groups have no credibility in the community but make noise o put down India and its people. They hurt the sentiments of Indian diaspora who have brought laurels to themselves and India wherever they have gone.
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        Praful Vora
        Sep 23, 2015 at 4:34 pm
        These small number of stupid people try to make India"s name and I would like to see name of these people and see what kind of transperency they have and who is supporting them.
        1. Allaisa Xuver
          Sep 23, 2015 at 12:40 am
          Not surprised. As ISI pays these people to protest.
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            Sep 18, 2015 at 4:15 pm
            These are Khalistani groups NOT indian american groups
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