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Resisting Hindutva, Defending Justice & Human Rights

Thursday 1st May 2014, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Committee Room 14, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

As Narendra Modi & the RSS seek power over India, it is time to put Ethics, Justice & Peace above political and business self-interest

Organised by Awaaz Human Rights Defenders Network

Speakers

  • Sir Anish Kapoor, CBE RA Sculptor
  • Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC FRSA Barrister, human rights defender and peer
  • Vrinda Grover, Lawyer, Researcher and Human Rights activist
  • Mike Wood MP
  • Professor Gautam Appa, Academic and Human Rights activist

Advance booking & confirmation required, please book through the AWAAZ website

“Without questioning the validity of India’s democratic election process, it is crucial to remember the role played by the Modi government in the horrifying events that took place in Gujarat in 2002. The Muslim minority were overwhelmingly the victims of pillage, murder and terror, resulting in the deaths of more than 2,000 men, women and children. Women, in particular, were subjected to brutal acts of violence and were left largely unprotected by the security forces. Although some members of Narendra Modi’s government are now facing trial, Modi himself repeatedly refuses to accept any responsibility or to render an apology. Such a failure of moral character and political ethics on the part of Modi is incompatible with India’s secular constitution, which, in advance of many constitutions across the world, is founded on pluralist principles and seeks fair and full representation for minorities. Were he to be elected prime minister, it would bode ill for India’s future as a country that cherishes the ideals of inclusion and protection for all its peoples and communities”.

The above statement is the full text of a letter written by Anish Kapoor and supported by prominent artists, academics, MP’s and human right activists. It was published by The Guardian newspaper (UK) on Thursday 10 April 2014 and has received global coverage, including in India and the UK, prompting passionate debate, analysis and commentary on the dangers posed by a Modi/RSS victory in the Indian Elections

For more information go to www.awaaz-uk.org

 

Further Reading:

UK Modi supporters attempt to silence free speech after Parliament meeting

Campaign against Narendra Modi and Hindutva politics

Narendra Modi Exposed Report

Bring Modi to justice, urges meeting hosted at UK Parliament

Campaign against Narendra Modi and Hindutva politics

Narendra Modi & the rise of “Hindu Fascism”

 

Photo credit: Radha [From Barry Gardiner: Withdraw your invitation to Modi Protest]

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