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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                    Zina
                    Sep 25, 2015 at 12:11 am
                    Read this: aei-dot-org/publication/the-myth-of-dictator-modi-his-power-is-constrained-in-ways-that-would-be-unimaginable-to-a-genuinely-authoritarian-figure
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                      Zina
                      Sep 25, 2015 at 12:23 am
                      low information inquirer - you go do it.
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                        Arvind Srivastava
                        Sep 24, 2015 at 4:30 pm
                        Who is being suppressed in India ? People abuse him on Social Media non-stop without fear. Most newspapers go on criticizing him. Most channels make mockery of him 24x7. India remains free country and yet some fools backed by es sitting in US think otherwise.
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                          Victor
                          Sep 25, 2015 at 5:17 am
                          These groups must have support of a foreign country who want to destabilize india or they are a bunch of people who should see a psychiatrist .
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                            manas
                            Sep 24, 2015 at 9:42 pm
                            What stupid is this? What is the demand of these people? What had Modi done? Sikhs are protesting for what? Patel are demanding Reservation even in abroad? Shame on these people and more shame on the human right activities.
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                              manas
                              Sep 24, 2015 at 9:44 pm
                              Where are the human rights when Saudi Arabia is getting the head country for Human Rights in the UN?
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                                Peter
                                Sep 24, 2015 at 4:29 pm
                                “Modifail”.... “Modifail”.... “Modifail”.... His only achievement has been to implement the agenda of RSS in Gujarat.
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                                  Harry
                                  Sep 24, 2015 at 4:27 pm
                                  Americans simply ignore such foreign protestors. Many even suspect them of terror links. Only place where they get lot of coverage is in Indian Newspapers. Finally Indian leaders are learning from China. Ignore activists and court businessmen.
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                                    DA
                                    Sep 25, 2015 at 1:11 am
                                    The right wing and centrists groups have always showed solidarity with visiting leaders from India, whatever party. Even the wretched mandalites. The ultra-leftists and pseudo-liberals seem a special breed, however. The concept of country means nothing really to them. The democratic choice of a billion Indians means nothing. This is not benign dissent or disagreement - this is an attempt to undo the credibility of the democratic process in India. We have to keep a careful watch on the activities of these creatures, name and shame them, and, maybe put of some bill-boards of our own.
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                                      ASHOK KUMAR
                                      Sep 24, 2015 at 5:40 pm
                                      Modis self praises in his speeches are showing results.
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                                        Dr. Sonali
                                        Sep 25, 2015 at 5:08 am
                                        I never thought Patels could be so anti-national
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                                          Dr. Sonali
                                          Sep 25, 2015 at 5:07 am
                                          There will always be people against development and change. Who STARTED the 2002 incident? Who would make BETTER PM than Mr. Modi?
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                                            Anil pradhan
                                            Sep 25, 2015 at 12:32 am
                                            This is fake news,seems like Congress pays IE for this and please post this comment whoever is the dumb administrator and do not post my comment as Anil pradhan ,My name is Rehaan and i support modi. IE is one of the key player in spreading communalism working as congress agent.
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