Modi Protesters Shut Down London On His Arrival

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in the UK on April 18 for a four-day visit, the mainstream media back home was abuzz with customary news reports – “Grand welcome for PM Modi in London”; “Ghar Ka Khana For PM Modi in London”. The headline that the Indian media chose to gloss over was that apart from “ghar ka khana”, what waited for the PM were a few home truths.

While most news websites and TV channels focused on the grand welcome, laced with a liberal dose of foreign policy jargon about India-UK ties, a Reuters report said “hundreds of noisy protesters greeted the PM when he arrived in London on Wednesday”.

The same report said the protesters were demonstrating over the “rising tide of sexual violence in India, including two particularly brutal rapes” – in Kathua and Unnao.

Mp Preet Kaur Gill tweeted:
Today I spoke to many groups outside parliament who were protesting about human rights violations in India. I spoke to Jagtar Singh Johal brother about his fight for justice! I urge PM Modi to address the concerns of diaspora communities.

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