Hindus must stand against Hindutva: Why I protested against Narendra Modi in Houston and New York
A close Kashmiri friend of mine in New York City has not spoken with her loved ones for more than 50 days. The Valley has been under siege since August 5, with a communications blackout in place. Meanwhile, detention centres are being built in Assam for potentially millions of people rendered non-citizens through the National Register of Citizens programme. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the stage with US President Donald Trump in Houston on September 22, he declared in eight languages, “Everything is fine in India.”
I am here to tell the world that nothing could be further from the truth. I was part of the huge crowd outside the NRG Stadium last weekend protesting the Howdy Modi event. And I was outside the United Nations on Friday protesting Modi’s presentation at the General Assembly. Between those two protests I traveled to Washington DC to testify at an event on Capitol Hill about the crisis of human rights in India.
I also wrote this oped along with a colleague, Raju Rajagopal, “Why We, as Hindu Americans, Are Opposed to Modi’s Undeclared Emergency”. I represented my organisation Hindus for Human Rights in Friday’s #AdiosModiNYC protest and was part of the Coalition Against Fascism in India. While there were some 25,000 protesters outside the United Nations, many of these protesters were Pakistani, Khalistani and Kashmiri. That is, many protesters were taking a stand against India.…
- Why We, as Hindu Americans, Are Opposed to Modi’s Undeclared Emergency – By Raju Rajagopal and Sunita Viswanath (Sep 24, 2019, The Wire)
- The Network of Hindu Nationalists behind Modi’s “Diaspora Diplomacy” in the U.S. – By Rashmee Kumar (Sep 25, 2019, The Intercept)
- How does Hindutva and the Gates Foundations Philanthro-capitalism affect #Reproductive Justice in India? – Dr Kalpana Wilson with Suchitra Vijayan (Sep 28, 2019, The Polis Project)
- Why I Resigned From the Gates Foundation – By Sabah Hamid (Sep 26, 2019, New York Times)