Meeting 26th February 2014
SBS is a member of AWAAZ, a network of academics and activists committed to challenging the rise of Hindu fascism and communalism in India and in the UK. We are involved in organising the following meeting:
Wednesday 26th February 2014
6.30pm to 8.30pm Committee Room 10,
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
The “Parliamentary Briefing & Forum” will discuss the politics of Narendra Modi who is currently the Chief Minister of Gujarat as well as the Prime Ministerial candidate for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance coalition for the upcoming 2014 national elections in India. Modi is also a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), an organisation that is described as Hindu nationalist, supremacist and fascist by scholars, journalists and human rights commentators.
The forum will “examine Modi’s role as the Head of the State Government during the Gujarat 2002 communal violence and pillage against the Muslim minority population that led to over 1500 deaths, hundreds of rapes against women and displacement of over 200,000 of people from their homes. The forum will also analyse the claim that Modi represents a model for ‘”good governance”. His supporters have worked hard to brand Gujarat as a state of dynamic development and economic growth and prosperity, using the slogan “Vibrant Gujarat”. The facts, however, reveal that Gujarat has a relatively poor record when it comes to human development, poverty alleviation, nutrition and education”.
Speakers include MPs, academics, human rights lawyers & activists, community leaders and families of victims.
To register for the meeting, click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/narendra-modi-the-rise-of-hindu-fascism-tickets-10288941501
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