Modi in US: Activists, groups launch campaign against him

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.

By: PTI | New York | Updated: September 24, 2015 5:38 pm
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A group of activists, organisations and some members of the Patel community have launched a campaign in the US against 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).

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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 Center in San Jose on September 27.

It has also announced a reward of USD 10,000 to any one 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.

The Patels-dominated 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.

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    Amol
    Sep 24, 2015 at 10:50 pm
    Pure act of selfishness by Patels
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      Basant
      Sep 24, 2015 at 4:08 pm
      At least protester will not be sent to jail here in States. It also indicates how por feku is out of India.
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        Basant
        Sep 24, 2015 at 10:50 pm
        So you agreed that there was protest against feku, right? Please tell all the bhakt to take a note. I live here and don't see news about feku except in Indian news. There are full of Pope and Chinese priminister news then feku.
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          Jay
          Sep 25, 2015 at 3:57 am
          shame on the bunch of patels doing this
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          Dash patel
          Sep 24, 2015 at 5:00 pm
          I am Patel & I support PM Mr.Modi. A warm welcome to our PM who is elected for full 5 years.
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            Srinivasmurthy
            Sep 24, 2015 at 4:32 pm
            Dogs planned to bark in the silicon valley streets
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              Yakul
              Sep 24, 2015 at 6:22 pm
              Plight of our cities (Chennai and Bangalore); Bad Roads, Pot s, Unsafest traffic systems resulting in numerous accidents, Haphazard parking by people on every road and by lane, Encroachments of foot paths and roads making pedestrian and vehicular movement difficult, Garbage strewn everywhere, Walls turned urinals in most public places like bus stands and railway stations, People encroaching roads everywhere to erect PoP Ganesha idols and then creating traffic jams by having a procession with the idols towards the sea or lakes, polluting them and other water bodies, Heavy dust and vehicular pollution damaging our and our children's health, depleting water resources, land mafia, sand mafia, mining mafia, real estate mafia, uncontrolled inflation (especially real estate), uncontrolled potion (gargantuan demand vs limited resources), Extreme difficulty to get tickets in trains and buses making travel planning miserable, Power cuts, Pathetic judiciary that is so lenient and inefficient such that people don't think twice before committing a crime (especially affluent). Any local politician and thug being able to organize processions, put flags all over the place, stick posters and banners everywhere defacing the city, Fleecing auto drivers, Unbelievable difficulty in getting school admissions, Engineering colleges in the name of B-grade actresses, Adulteration, Unsafe vegetables and fruits painted with pesticides, More than 50% irrelevant and Uncivilized crowd, Slums intertwined alongside so called good residential areas, No good parks (Chennai), no sports arenas that are affordable, Illegal immigrants with no tickets occupying reserved compartments in all trains from kerala.. list goes o
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                Zina
                Sep 24, 2015 at 10:14 pm
                Progressive groups? These groups are the regressive ones. So this is why Rahul hi went to the US at the same time to fund these activists against Modi.
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