Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is currently on a visit to the United States addressed the Congress on Thursday afternoon. The event was followed by State dinner hosted to embrace and further boost the relationship between India and the United States. The prime minister also led the celebration for International Yoga Day at the United Nations Headquarters in New York city on Wednesday.
In the past nine years Modi has been embraced several times by the US, after his visa ban was lifted. In 2005 when Modi applied for a diplomatic visa to the States as a Chief Minister of Gujarat, he was denied. Modi’s previous visa to the US was also revoked and he was banned from entering the country since. The reason for this dismissal was the communal riots that took place in Gujarat in 2002 while he was the CM of the state.
However, many officials are not ready to welcome Prime minister Modi in the country to address the Press Conference at Washington. Prior to his visit a number of state officials have shown dissent and showed no interest in attending the conference. Many of the Liberal House Democrats are objecting to Modi’s visit criticizing his extreme behavior towards the Muslims and other minority groups in India.
Modi is known to target Muslim minority groups, failing to object to abysmal behavior and assault against them. He also suppressed the Indian press and has never appeared at a press conference solo during his tenure as a Prime Minister.
Some of the protesters call it an “an embarrassing spectacle” to let him address the Congress as Congress stands to be an advocate of human rights, rights of minority religions and journalists around the globe. Representatives Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Cori Bush of Missouri, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Jamaal Bowman of New York called the other members of the Congress to join them in solidarity for the communities that have been targeted and harmed by Modi and his party members. “We must never sacrifice human rights at the altar of political expediency,” they said in a joint statement.
Trucks in New York are also carrying out posters condemning Modi’s visit in the country. Posters ask Biden about the reason for Modi’s visa ban while some truck also go at large stating Modi as #CrimeMinisterofIndia.
Image source: OneIndia Tamil
Editor: Nandini Roy
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