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Website to protest the PM’s visit to Silicon Valley

A coalition of Indian-Americans say they want to hold Modi ‘accountable for both past and present attacks on the human rights of Indian communities’.
Mayank Jain 
Why activists have started the website to protest the PM's visit to Silicon Valley

Photo Credit: File photo/AFP
On Sunday, less than a week before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was due to visit Silicon Valley to promote his Digital India initiative, a stream of messages started to flood Twitter with the hashtag  #Modifaildotcom

The hashtag was promoted by a group of Indian-American activists calling themselves the Alliance for Justice and Accountability, who have also launched a website titled They are using the site to list information about the protests planned against Modi during his two-day visit to the US West Coast from September 26. As its most prominent action, the Alliance will organise peaceful rallies on September 27 while Modi addresses more than 18,500 people at the SAP Center in San Jose.

The site also features a report card on the Modi government’s performance so far.

“We are particularly troubled by the rise in mass violence against religious minorities, Dalits, and women; the steady erosion of environmental safeguards, civil liberties and developmental goals; and the infusion of fundamentalist politics into academic and cultural institutions,” said a spokesperson for the Alliance, requesting anonymity.

The collective alleges that while the Indian prime minister has used a public relations machine and “spin” to “rinse” his image internationally, he remains a “human rights violator”. To counter this, the collective is reaching out to politicians, policymakers and entrepreneurs in the US to rally support for their campaign against Modi.

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