The Coalition to Stop Narendra Modi was established in London in March 2009 to oppose any potential visit by Modi to the UK. Soon afterwards, the India Summit 2009 which had been scheduled to take place in May – with Modi as keynote speaker – was cancelled following protest activity.
The Coalition is supported by The Monitoring Group, Awaaz South Asia Watch, the Council of Indian Muslims, the Indian Muslim Federation, British Muslims for Secular Democracy, Muslim Parliament, Southall Black Sisters, South Asia Solidarity Group and the Campaign Against Criminalising Communities, as well as a number of progressive individuals.
Narendra Modi was Chief Minister of Gujarat during the 2002 pogroms carried out by Hindu extremist mobs. Over 2,000 people were killed, many being burnt alive, hundreds of women were raped and molested, and hundreds of thousands of people made homeless. Among those killed were three UK citizens who were visiting Gujarat at the time. In the midst of the riots, rather than call for an end to the killing, Narendra Modi stated, ‘Every action has an equal and opposite reaction’, effectively legitimising the violence as a collective punishment of Muslims. Moreover, national and international human rights groups – including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and India’s National Human Rights Commission (a federal government body) – have held Narendra Modi responsible for orchestrating the massacres of 2002 and subverting the rule of law in order to facilitate them.