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
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“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
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