Preparations underway to continue #ModiNotWelcome campaign of his previous UK visit
Members of the UK Sikh community will protest Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he visits the United Kingdom for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London from 16th – 20th April 2018.
Preparations, being led by Sikh activist organisation Dal Khalsa UK, are already underway in the British Sikh community to ensure that Mr Modi’s visit does not go without an examination of his affiliation with violent Hindu nationalism.
In accordance with the Sikh principle of Sarbat Da Bhalla (the welfare of all), Sikh organisations such as Dal Khalsa and Sikhs for Justice will work with groups from other minorities in India including Kashmiris, Muslims, Christians and Dalits, all of whom have suffered persecution from fanatic Hindutva groups aligned to Modi’s ruling BJP party.
One organisation, Sikhs for Justice, has vowed to protest the visit. Paramjit Singh Pamma of Sikhs for Justice said, ‘We will confront the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, over the atrocities committed by the Indian state, including the killings of Sikhs in India.’
Modi’s last visit to the UK was in November 2015, where he was given an extravagant welcome that included addressing 60,000 people at Wembley Stadium. On that occasion, and at Modi’s visit to 10 Downing Street, Sikhs protested alongside other marginalised Indian groups to send a clear message to the British government that minorities in India feared the consequences of Modi’s Hindu Nationalist government.
Recently on Indian Republic Day (26th January) Sikhs protested outside the Indian High Commission in London alongside groups campaigning for their democratic rights from the Indian state.