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Activists, groups launch anti-Modi campaign


New York, Sep 24 (PTI): A group of activists, organisations and some members of the Patel community have launched a campaign in the US against Prime Minister Narendra Modi who arrived here today.

The campaign in various shape and form primarily includes multiple levels of protests in both New York and San Jose where the Prime Minister would be travelling.

It also includes a massive campaign on social media and even a big bill board from the new "Modifail" campaign launched by Alliance for Justice and Accountability (AJA).

Describing itself as a coalition of progressive groups in the US, the AJA has put up a huge billboard on a freeways in Silicon Valley. The saffron-colored billboard has a huge mugshot of the Prime Minister addressing a rally.

"We stand against Modi's regressive agenda," the bill board in Milpitas says.
In a statement, AJA hoped that this series of billboards in the Bay Area will inform the American people that Modi's upcoming "Silicon Valley PR tour is being used as an excuse to whitewash his dismal record" as Prime Minister.

AJA plans protests outside the SAP Center in San Jose on September 27, where Modi is scheduled to address to some 18,500 Indian-Americans.

New York-based Sikh for Justice has said it will hold similar protests before the United Nations here and also in front of the SAP Center in San Jose on September 27.

It has also announced a reward of USD 10,000 to any one who asks questions to Modi and Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg during their upcoming Townhall meeting at Facebook HQ.

A section of the Patel community, who are agitated against police action in Gujarat, has said they would raise "black flags" against Modi in both New York and San Jose.
US-based Human Rights Watch urged CEOs of American technology companies to tell the Indian leader that they will oppose any steps that erode free expression or privacy rights.

"While India presents significant business opportunities, CEOs should tell Modi that they will oppose any steps that erode free expression or privacy rights," Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement.

During his stay in the US – primarily in New York and Silicon Valley -- Modi will meet the CEOs of top technology firms such as Google, Apple, Microsoft, Adobe and Facebook.

The Patels-dominated Asian American Hotel Owners Association or AAHOA has welcomed the US visit of the Prime Minister, describing him as a leader who has a distinguished record of fostering economic development and innovation. 

Comment on this article

  • Lokesh, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 25 2015

    What a disgrace for Indians when a visiting Indian PM is having a campaign against. Bhakths like Manjappa and Nagesh don't even know this is the first time in the world history that a leader of a democratic country has been given this type of reception. What out for more anti Modi campaigns in the rest of the world soon. What a PM and what Bhakths he has got...!!

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  • jj,

    Fri, Sep 25 2015

    First time in history such a PM... Popular for wrong reasons... show off

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  • Lawrence, USA

    Fri, Sep 25 2015

    About 200 World premiers attending the UN meeting plus the enormous attention and security diverted towards the Pope's visit, Mode is like 12 years boy lost in a Melee (Jathra). Sorry, he can come back some other time and get coverage from media which is he wanted the most.

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  • Godwin, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 24 2015

    Mr.selfie...

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  • naveen, udupi

    Thu, Sep 24 2015

    anti modi paid by dongi congi and craziwal. but nothing will happen.modi will become more & more strong.

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  • Juliet Mascarenhas, Bejai

    Thu, Sep 24 2015

    Who are these activists? Dongis, congis, Italians, British? Arranged by Pappu,Siddu,ghandys, come on psuedos.

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  • nagesh nayak, bangalore

    Thu, Sep 24 2015

    hey psuedos/anti nationals,

    these paid activists cannot shake one single hair of SHRIMAAN NARENDRA MODIJI.

    dont'compare mole (activists)with huge mountain( SHRIMAAN NARENDRA MODIJI)

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  • Manju, Mumbai

    Thu, Sep 24 2015

    Very True.

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  • RDS, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 24 2015

    Huge mountain? Oh yea 56" chest!!!

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Fri, Sep 25 2015

    small correction...,

    how come it is still 56", in fact after failed land bill & Hardik patel episode in Gujarat it is already 5.6".

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  • Ads, Canadian

    Fri, Sep 25 2015

    Mountain of hate killings and what not. Haha have some shame

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  • Pradeep Shetty, Manglore/Bajpe

    Thu, Sep 24 2015

    "Bure Nazar Walonka Mu Kala"

    Mr Modiji..No Worries Majority sensible people with you keep up with your good works.

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  • Juliet Mascarenhas, Bejai

    Thu, Sep 24 2015

    One more record break. First Indian Prime minister to........
    Are zara complete kardo bai.

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  • Mohammed, Bajpe/Riyadh

    Thu, Sep 24 2015

    ..who does not have a honourable opposition. This is what I frankly feel.

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  • GCP., Muscat

    Thu, Sep 24 2015

    .......eat Gujju made dhokla in USA.

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  • Deekshith, Kalladka

    Fri, Sep 25 2015

    Juliet ... here it is.... First indian PRIME MINISTER critisised for his hard work....

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  • Juliet Mascarenhas, Bejai

    Fri, Sep 25 2015

    S. I agree. Travelling is bit hard like selling Tea

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  • Hemanth, Mangalore/bangalore/ ct

    Thu, Sep 24 2015

    One can not grow without criticisms. .a leader should be good enough to handle these criticisms and modi is the best example for this

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  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 24 2015

    If you visit a known person's house after a long time, you are treated with respect and with all the previleges. Then if you visit the same person's house within a short time and stay over night you are treated like a ordinary person and most probably you are better off being a waiter or a chaiwala. And if you do the same thing within even a shorter span of time, you are definitely compelled to wash their bathrooms and toilets!!!

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Thu, Sep 24 2015

    Mr. Modi likes to visit the green pastures of the world. The people of Indian origin are living everywhere in the world so he will be using that as an excuse, but there are many other countries where the percentage of the Indian origin people are very high like British Guyana, Trinidad etc.

    Mr. Modi will fly for the funerals of the Presidents of certain countries like he went to Singapore, and loves to travel around the world and to use the opportunity to the maximum.

    If the foreign investments are not coming, then the electorate will question him some day.

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  • Aubb, Kuwait

    Thu, Sep 24 2015


    Feku created history by becoming the first Indian PM to be booed on foreign soil.

    Shame for India to have such leaders!

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  • Praveen, Kulshekar

    Thu, Sep 24 2015

    Now Modi will think twice before going on foreign trips, only rousing welcome and speeches were telecast, now be ready for anti Modi welcome. Your returns for acche din

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  • SB, MLORE

    Thu, Sep 24 2015

    NOW WE KNOW WHY PAPPU RAN TO USA. ANYWAYS, TRY YOUR LUCK.

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  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Thu, Sep 24 2015

    Finally looks like beginning of the end of long honeymoon, but his devotees in his defense will say 'It's part of the Chanakya Neeti' And btw, if I'm not mistaken, like many of his firsts, an Indian PM getting flak of this nature by his own countrymen overseas, also joins his first's list.

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  • alfria, Mumbai

    Thu, Sep 24 2015

    I wonder what language the protest billboard will be put on. If the billboard is in english than Modi will think that there is a welcome board put for him, Hope the protest board is in gujrati so that he reads it properly and know that they are not welcoming but rather protesting.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Sep 24 2015

    God Allows U-Turns,
    Repent and pray to God - Acts 26:20 ...

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Thu, Sep 24 2015

    Everybody has a time to repent, but some people will miss that rare chance.

    I do remember my granddad's brother who had a lot of wealth but never showed an ounce of mercy to the poor. When he was at the deathbed for a long time, he was telling himself " why did I make all the wealth". He died telling that, instead of repenting through practical way when he was walking.

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  • Vantage Point, Mangaluru

    Thu, Sep 24 2015

    Now dont blame muslims for every anti modi rally...

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Thu, Sep 24 2015

    Earlier, the Muslims-Christians and Sikh believers were not with the Modiji fan crowd, but now the strongest Indian community in the U.S., especially from Modiji's own State the Patel community has joined the crowd quite surprising turn of events.

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  • GCP., Muscat

    Thu, Sep 24 2015

    PM himself created this anti-Modi environment, due to his silly speech.

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  • Jerry, mangalore

    Thu, Sep 24 2015

    Kannada proverb rightly suits here
    "GUDDEGE GUDDE ADDA"
    Congrats Feku
    Your own Gujjus are welcoming you in NY.

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  • Deekshith, Kalladka

    Fri, Sep 25 2015

    Jerry .. Faku..? why this nonsense name...? thats really suits people like you... arreyyy 60 saal pe nahi kiya.. abhi ek saal mein kaise kar ke dikha skta hai...wait for 5 years of his term.. i think aap log tho bahut dar tha hai... shame on you..

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