Seattle Resolution Denounces Modi as the “Butcher of Gujarat”
City of Seattle adopted a resolution on February 3, the first of its kind by any legislative body in the US, denouncing Indian PM Modi for “promoting violence against religious minorities” that allegedly earned him the nickname “Butcher of Gujarat.” The City Council hearing was marked by grave concern for the rights of minorities and caste oppressed in India with comparisons to the treatment of Jews under Nazi rule. It dovetails emerging voices of reason from the region against the situation in India.…
The Alliance for Justice and Accountability (AJA), an umbrella organization of progressive South Asian groups across the United States lauded the City Council of Seattle for having unanimously passed Resolution 31926 which denounces India’s draconian Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
The resolution was against India’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and highlights that the CAA “is the first instance of religion being used as a criterion for Indian citizenship” and warns that a proposed National Register of Citizens could strip citizenship from “hundreds of millions of people.” It also blames Modi for the 2002 Gujarat Pogrom “in which an estimated 2,000 people were killed in anti-Muslim violence, and many Muslim women were targeted for rape and other forms of sexual violence.”…
- Symbolic slap from Seattle (Feb 5, 2020, The Telegraph)
- City Council of Seattle Passes Resolution Denouncing CAA, NRC; AJA Welcomes the Move (Feb 4, 2020, Caravan Daily)
- Maharashtra Village, With No Muslim Population, Passes Resolution Against CAA And NRC (Feb 6, 2020, India Times)
- Hyderabad’s Civic Body Passes Resolution Against CAA (Feb 9, 2020, The Quint)