This year, Prime Minister Modi has created more waves abroad than in his own country. In the rising tide of opposition against his Government for its growing intolerance and BJP’s massive loss in the Bihar elections, Modi decided to again avoid the hard questions and head off for another foreign trip – this time to the United Kingdom.
Amidst a massive crowd of 60,000 people in UK’s Wembley stadium, Modi pledged to remove poverty and revive the glory of ‘Bharat’ and Prime Minister of the UK David Cameron seemed more than eager to circulate Modi’s charismatic image to those willing to buy it.
But, not everybody was happy about Modi’s visit. Outside the lines of the Wembley stadium, people from various groups protested against Modi’s visit, in fact the vision of Modi itself. Awaaz network created a stir by putting up a message on the Westminster Palace in London saying, ‘Modi Not Welcome’, with a Swastika symbol beside it. Various other groups like the South Asia Solidarity Group, Sikh Federation UK, Southall Black Sisters, Dalit Solidarity Network UK, Indian Muslim Federation, Indian Workers Association, Muslim Parliament, Voice of Dalit International and even Nepalese protestors took to the streets of London on 12th November, to protest against Modi’s arrival. Their grievances ranged from Modi’s pardon for the 2002 riots, to the Cobrapost revelations of massacre of Dalits in Bihar.
Below are some photographs of the various protests held in and around UK on 12th November, which you probably won’t see in the mainstream media:
— جاوید شیخ (@javaidShaikh) November 12, 2015
— Priyanka Mogul (@priyankamogul) November 12, 2015
— Naseem Shaik (@nasimPakistani) November 13, 2015
— Sanjiv Bhatt IPS (@sanjivbhatt) November 12, 2015
— Aisha Baloch (@AyishaBaloch) November 11, 2015
— Aarti (@aartic02) November 12, 2015
— Wahid Kashir (@WahidKashir) October 30, 2015
— AwaazNetwork (@AwaazNetwork) November 2, 2015
— Times Of Kashmir (@timesofkashmir) November 13, 2015
I know I will get loads of shit for supporting this hashtag but I actually care about humanity & what’s occurring in India #ModiNotWelcome
— NEELAM GILL (@NeelamKG) November 13, 2015
— Hameem Jan (@HameemYJ) November 13, 2015
— China Agent (@ChinaAgent2) November 13, 2015
— Faizan Malik(faiz) (@faizanmalik2017) November 13, 2015
— Wahid Kashir (@WahidKashir) November 2, 2015