Scores of Indian-Americans on Friday staged a protest at a park outside the White House against Indian Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the US. They raised issues related to human rights, growing attacks on minorities particularly Muslims and crackdown in Indian-run Kashmir, Al Jazeera reported.
“Right now, we are witnessing a slow genocide of minorities. The lives of India’s 200 million Muslims are at stake, and the Biden administration can no longer afford to stay silent. This meeting is the right time to send a stern message to India,” Syed Ali, the president of an advocacy group, the Indian American Muslim Council, was quoted, as saying, by Al Jazeera.
Victor Begg, a 74-year-old community leader and activist, said he travelled all the way from Florida to register his protest against Biden’s meeting with the Hindu nationalist leader.
“What Modi represents is totally against American values. By allowing him into the United States and hosting him in the White House compromises our democracy as well,” Begg told Al Jazeera.
Indian PM @narendramodi is speaking at @UN General Assembly NYC. Join a diverse group of anti-Hindutva, anti-caste, pro-democracy, pro-human rights organizations in our #ProtestModiNYC, Sat Sep 25, 9-11 am. https://t.co/ILcRzFi8rd— Hindus for Human Rights (@Hindus4HR) September 18, 2021
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Modi is in the United States for the Quad Summit with President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia, and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan. The Quad alliance, which consists of four countries, attempts to contain China’s expanding military and economic might around the world.
Joe Biden must highlight issues relating to human rights violations, persecution of Muslims, crackdown on religious freedom in Kashmir, and attacks on free expression during his conversion with Modi, according to the Indian American Muslim Council in a news release.