September 29, 2014 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New York, USA: A report by The Guardian says: India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, has walked into storms of praise and protest on his first official visit to the US, attracting both a sold-out crowd for a speech at Madison Square Garden and a lawsuit from a human rights group which is attempting to hold him ultimately responsible for a massacre of Muslims in 2002.
Protesters outside Madison Square Garden said they wanted to draw attention to the Hindu nationalist groups that back Mr. Modi’s party and their fundamentalist agenda.
“It is to protest against the massacre in Gujarat and how the victims still have not received any justice. We are also protesting against the ongoing atrocities and hate mongering [against minorities] that is going on in India… We will not allow him to destroy India’s secularism and pluralism”, Dr Shaik Ubaida 52-year-old neurologist who is part of a group called the Alliance for Justice and Accountability.
“We want to make sure everyone knows that those celebrating Modi do not represent the entire Indian American community,” Shaik Ubaid added.
Here is a pictorial of protests/ demonstrations held by Sikh diaspora and other human rights activists against Indian Prime Minister Narindra Modi’s speech at Madison Square Garden in New York, USA:
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