Protests Planned by Indian American Groups Against Modi’s Visit

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's upcoming visits to the U.S., several Indian American groups have decided to stage protest rallies against him.

Under the banner of Alliance for Justice and Accountability, these organizations will hold a peaceful protest rally outside the SAP Center in San Jose Sept. 27, where Modi would be addressing a full crowd of some 18,500 people with thousands others expected to be watching him live on big screens outside.

"AJA will hold a protest at the SAP Center on Sept. 27, 2015, under the banner #ModiFail, to expose the realities behind Modi's alleged accomplishments," a press statement said.

The alliance, which describes itself as a U.S.-based coalition of a diverse range of Indian-South Asian organizations and individuals, has also launched a Web site, highlighting the alleged failures of the prime minister.

AJA had held a similar protest rally of about a hundred people when Modi addressed some 20,000 Indian Americans at the Madison Square Garden in New York last year.

"The Alliance will also reach out to elected officials and corporate leaders in the U.S. to inform them about Modi's failed and regressive policies that negatively impact human rights, religious freedoms, the environment and, overall, shrink the space for civil liberties under his rule," it said.

"Narendra Modi is visiting Silicon Valley to talk about ‘Digital India’. But we're worried by his record. Digital Indians deserve strong privacy and free speech protection," said Anirvan Chatterjee of AJA.

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