The Awaaz Network and the Monitoring Group
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 from 18:30 to 20:30 (GMT)
The event is free but you must register HERE
House of Commons, Committee Room 10, London SW1A 0AA
The “Parliamentary Briefing & Forum” will discuss the politics of Narendra Modi. Modi is the current Chief Minister of Gujarat and is the Prime Ministerial candidate for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance coalition for the upcoming 2014 national elections in India. He is also a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), an organisation that is described as Hindu nationalist, supremacist and fascist by scholars, journalists and human rights commentators. The meeting will examine his role as the Head of the State Government during the Gujarat 2002 communal violence and pillage against the Muslim minority population that led to over 1500 deaths, hundreds of rapes against women and displacement of over 200,000 of people from their homes. The forum will also analyse the claim the Modi represents a model for ‘”good governance”. His supporter’s have worked hard to brand Gujarat as a state of dynamic development and economic growth and prosperity, using the slogan “Vibrant Gujarat”. The facts, however, reveal that Gujarat has a relatively poor record when it comes to human development, poverty alleviation, nutrition and education.
The meeting will bring together a rich mix of eminent speakers, including MPs, families of victims, academics, human rights lawyers & activists and community leaders. Please note that is an invited only meeting. To confirm your attendance and seat/s, please email email@example.com or ring 0207 4302869.
The Monitoring Group and the Awaaz Network have jointly organized the meeting.