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.
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.
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“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.