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Sanjay Bhatt’s daughter, Manipur association leader join protest outside White House on PM Modi’s visit

Sanjay Bhatt’s daughter, Manipur association leader join protest outside White House on PM Modi’s visit

Indian American protest outside White House during PM Modi visit

In a show of dissent against the policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, hundreds of Indian Americans gathered outside the White House yesterday to protest the alleged persecution of minorities under his regime. The demonstration was organized by a coalition of civil rights and interfaith organizations known as the "Coalition for Reclaiming Indian Democracy."

The protesters aimed to draw attention to the deteriorating state of democracy in India, as stated in a press release issued by the coalition. They expressed concerns about the alleged discrimination based on caste and religion, citing instances that have raised doubts about the government's commitment to upholding the rights of minorities.

While Prime Minister Modi was visiting the White House for official discussions, the demonstrators gathered outside, raising slogans and holding signs highlighting their grievances. The diverse group of protesters represented various religious backgrounds, coming together under the banner of the coalition.

During a joint press conference with US President Joe Biden, a US journalist questioned Prime Minister Modi about the steps his government has taken to improve the rights of minorities and protect free speech in India. In response, Prime Minister Modi vehemently denied any discrimination based on caste or religion, emphasizing that his government follows the principles outlined in the Indian Constitution.

Several speakers addressed the crowd at the protest, shedding light on specific incidents and concerns related to the treatment of minorities in India. Lien Gangte, a senior leader of the North American Manipur Tribal Association, spoke about the recent ethnic violence in Manipur. Gangte criticized the Prime Minister for his alleged silence on the matter, referring to it as "ethnic cleansing, pure and simple."

Akashi Bhatt, the daughter of imprisoned former Indian IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, also took the stage to address the protesters. She emphasized the need for a unified voice against Prime Minister Modi, urging the Indian American community to stand together in their condemnation of the government's policies.

Prominent activists and victims of human rights abuses in India also shared their experiences and perspectives with the gathering, further highlighting the urgent need for change.

The protest outside the White House served as a powerful reminder that concerns over democracy, religious freedom, and minority rights in India continue to resonate among the Indian American community, reflecting the complexities and divergent views surrounding the country's political landscape.

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