Ahead of his visit, billboards criticising Modi appear in Silicon Valley
San Jose, California, 22 Sep 2015: Just 48 hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi stepping on to the American soil for his weeklong tour, some billboards targeting him over human rights issues have appeared on highways in Bay Area of California. PM Modi is scheduled to visit Silicon Valley here on 27th Sep.
The billboards depict one-line statement of the civil umbrella group behind its #ModiFail campaign. "We Stand Against Modi's Regressive Agenda" read the billboards installed by the Alliance for Justice and Accountability (AJA).
In a statement, AJA said it is using billboards "to raise public awareness about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his administration's attacks on personal freedoms and human rights in India."
It hoped the campaign 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, and before that, Chief Minister of Gujarat."
The billboards are visible from I-580 in Oakland, I-280 in Daly City, Highway 92 in Hayward, Highway 84 in Newark, I-880 in Newark, I-880 in Milpitas, and Highway 101 in Santa Clara.
The billboards highlight ModiFail.com, the AJA's online report card calling attention to the facts behind some of Modi's "most egregious failures" during his 16 months in office as Prime Minister.
"India's celebrated values of pluralism and tolerance are under severe attack since Mr. Modi assumed office as Prime Minister. According to the Modi government's sources, attacks against religious minorities are up 25% since last year. His own ministers are engaged in a malicious hate campaign against Christians and Muslims," said AJA.
Prime Minister Modi will start his tour with visiting Ireland on 23rd Sep. It will be the first visit by an Indian prime minister to Ireland in the last 60 years. He will travel to the United States on 24th Sep and will remain there till 29th Sep.