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Modi not welcome in London: Are ‘Breaking India’ forces at work in UK?

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A section of British Indians on Sunday projected the words ‘Modi not welcome’ along with a symbol of ‘OM’ fashioned after Nazi Swastika, onto the Houses of Parliament building in the United Kingdom (UK).

The projection was part of a protest that is being headed by the ‘Awaaz Network’ against Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to the UK on November 12.

The Awaaz Network, which calls itself a ‘UK-based secular network of individuals and organizations committed to monitoring and combating religious hatred in South Asia and in the UK’, has been running a sustained propaganda campaign against Narendra Modi for the past decade.

In a press-release by Awaaz Network states: ‘He wants to sell the idea of a ‘Digital India’, a ‘clean India’ (swachh bharat) and a developed and self-sufficient India (‘make in India’). The reality is the unleashing of a violent authoritarian agenda that seeks to undermine India’s democratic and secular fabric.’ Further, a flyer released by the group states that Modi ‘incited and presided over systematic, planned, and brutal mass pogrom’ against Muslims in 2002 in Gujarat. It also portrays India as being unsafe for Dalits, minorities, LGBTs and others due to ‘routine’ attacks on them.

The question to be asked is, why is a ‘secular’ organization running a propaganda campaign against the visiting Prime Minister of its own native country?

Is Awaaz Network a Breaking India force?

Though, Awaaz Network claims itself to be a ‘secular organization’, a look at its collaborators reveals that it is closely associated with various Dalit, Islamic and Sikh organizations. Why would a secular network associate itself with Islamic or Sikh organizations?

He is not visiting the UK as a representative of BJP or RSS whom Awaaz Network equates with fascism. Modi is visiting the UK as a representative of India. Hence, an opposition to Modi is an opposition to India and its very identity.

A look at the past campaigns run by the organizations reveals that their secularism and concerns for combating hatred is exclusively limited to running campaigns against Modi and other Hindu organizations like Sewa International, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, etc. It brands all these organizations as communal and sectarian but has nothing to speak about rising Islamic terrorism, Naxalism, or Christian evangelism.

The organization had protested and had successfully prevented Modi’s entry into the UK in 2005 as well. The fact that despite the highest courts in India exonerating Modi in the 2002 Gujarat riots, the organization still speaks about Modi inciting and presiding over the violence, clearly exposes their subversive agenda.

What else will explain their current opposition to the visit of Prime Minister of India? Modi is not visiting the UK on a personal basis. He is not visiting the UK as a representative of BJP or RSS whom Awaaz Network equates with fascism. Modi is visiting the UK as a representative of India. Hence, an opposition to Modi is an opposition to India and its very identity.

Jay Jina, in his 2004 article ‘The “awaaz” of empty pots’ published in Asian Voice, writes: “Awaaz stands for peaceful, democratic and co-operative resolution of disputes”. Really? Why then, in a packed website dedicated to this goal, is there no mention of the carnage of tens of thousands and the violent displacement of half a million Hindus and Sikhs at the hands of Islamic fundamentalists in Jammu and Kashmir?…… Awaaz opposes discrimination based on religious belief, caste, class, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, language, nationality and other factors”. Except when it comes to Hindus, apparently! So much so that the building of temples dedicated to Hindu Goddesses within India is considered discriminatory.”

Jay Jina, further continues: “Awaaz opposes the raising of funds in the UK for activities related to religious intolerance, whether in the UK or abroad”. That is so sweet! So much so that channeling of Christian funds to spread hatred, violence, family fissures, cultural displacement and secession in parts of India go unreported? Or that Awaaz has nothing to say on the well-established connection between UK funding and the export of Jihadi terrorism?

This clearly shows that Awaaz Network is simply a breaking India (a term popularized by Rajiv Malhotra) force with an anti-India, anti-Hindu agenda.

Modi represents revival of Bharat rooted in Dharma

This anti-India agenda has manifested in the form of sustained anti-Modi propaganda because Modi represents an idea of Bharat rooted in the Dharma as against an idea of India that calls for imitation of the west. Modi is attacked because he is not apologizing for being a Hindu. He recognizes that the history, culture, and identity of India is rooted in Dharma. This is similar to the idea of Bharat propagated by the likes of Sri Aurobindo and Swami Vivekananda.

But, this idea of Bharat is opposed to those who consider India should discard all its cultural and spiritual roots, and adopt western morality and secularism. In other words, the campaign against Modi is simply a campaign to remove India from its Dharmic roots.

Sanatana Dharma, not Hindutva is the real target

The real target of the sustained campaign against Modi, against Hindu organizations, and Hindutva is actually Sanatana Dharma. The use of symbol OM that has been fashioned to resemble Nazi Swastika in their campaign against Modi clearly establishes this. Hindutva is merely an excuse. Whenever the anti-Hinduism bias of breaking India forces is exposed, they try to cover it by claiming they are only against Hindutva, and not Hinduism.

It is high time that Indians, including those who are outside India, recognized the agenda and the workings of breaking India forces whose only goal is to stop the resurgence of Bharat rooted in Sanatana Dharma.

  • Jin

    It’s an absolute disgrace that these anti modi protesters are using the oum sign to inflict hate.
    This is no work of a hindu. There is a clear anti hindu agenda here.
    Why is awaaz not highlighting the intolerance of other countries that are far worse?
    I’m sure pakistan, china, indonesia, malaysia, middle east etc are all tolerant countries?
    I’m sure hindus, sikhs, jains are treated fairly here? no?

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  • Jin

    It’s an absolute disgrace that these anti modi protesters are using the oum sign to inflict hate.
    This is no work of a hindu. There is a clear anti hindu agenda here.
    Why is awaaz not highlighting the intolerance of other countries that are far worse?
    I’m sure pakistan, china, indonesia, malaysia, middle east etc are all tolerant countries?
    I’m sure hindus, sikhs, jains are treated fairly here? no?

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Know How Grammy Award Winner Inspired by PM Modi to Dedicate Music to Environment

From songs like "Ganga" - depicting the plight of the river considered holy by most Indians - to his Grammy-winning album "Winds of Samara" - which speaks of peace and global harmony

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"What was to be a photo opportunity with the Prime Minister turned into an hour-long discussion with him on environment. He spoke on the impact music could have on society and inspired me to make music on environment," Kej told IANS in an interview here. Wikimedia

A chance meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2015 in New Delhi inspired Bengaluru-based Grammy Award winner Ricky Kej to dedicate his life and music to the cause of environment.

Since then, Kej, who has represented India on global fora, performing at venues including the United Nations General Assembly in New York and UN Headquarters in Geneva, has been using music to flag ecological issues to policymakers and public the world over.

“What was to be a photo opportunity with the Prime Minister turned into an hour-long discussion with him on environment. He spoke on the impact music could have on society and inspired me to make music on environment,” Kej told IANS in an interview here.

From songs like “Ganga” – depicting the plight of the river considered holy by most Indians – to his Grammy-winning album “Winds of Samara” – which speaks of peace and global harmony – Kej’s music connects with all — from world leaders to the man on the street.

With the aid of compelling visuals, Kej’s music, and collaborations with global music artists, highlights the deleterious consequences of urbanisation, climate change and human-animal conflict.

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From songs like “Ganga” – depicting the plight of the river considered holy by most Indians – to his Grammy-winning album “Winds of Samara” – which speaks of peace and global harmony – Kej’s music connects with all — from world leaders to the man on the street. Wikimedia

“There are so many issues in India like child labour, gender inequality and poverty, which none seem to be reflecting through music. We see that music has lost the identity of being an art form and has become a profession,” he lamented.

Kej, 37, bagged Grammy in 2015 for the ‘Best New Age Album’ for “Winds of Samsara”, created along with South African flautist Wouter Kellerman. He is also recognised as the ‘United Nations Global Humanitarian Artist’ for his music with environmental consciousness.

The subjects of Kej’s music include, the rising air pollution in global cities and towns, the perils being posed to wildlife due to urbanisation and the story of Republic of Kiribati, an island nation in the central Pacific Ocean off Fiji, whose coasts are receding each year due to rising ocean levels due to global warming, among others.

With 15 studio albums released internationally, 3,500 commercials, three feature films in Kannada and over 100 music awards in 20 countries to his credit, the conservationist-musician’s album “Shanti Samsara” was released by Modi and then French President Francois Hollande at the United Nations Conference of Parties (CoP-21) Climate Change Conference in Paris, held from November 30-December 12, 2015.

The album, conceived after his meeting with Modi, had Kej collaborate with about 500 musicians from 40 countries, for songs like “Ganga”, throwing light on the pollution plaguing the river, and on “Earth and Water”.

“Politicians and policymakers are used to statistics and numbers, but when one approaches them through art, it makes a lot of difference. I have seen politicians change their perspectives towards environmental causes after attending my concerts,” Kej asserted.

The element of environment and nature in his work comes from his own experiences. For instance, he composed the song “One With Earth” – which highlights natural farming and the need to give up chemical fertilisers – after he lived with the tribals in Andhra Pradesh’s Araku Valley to understand their lifestyle and traditional farming techniques.

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“There are so many issues in India like child labour, gender inequality and poverty, which none seem to be reflecting through music. We see that music has lost the identity of being an art form and has become a profession,” he lamented. Wikimedia

Born in 1981 in North Carolina in the US, Kej moved to Bengaluru with family when he was eight, with intense love for music and nature.

“As a child, I felt music and nature were connected and found music in the sounds of nature, birds and animals. I used to look at music as a way of understanding history, cultures and emotions from different parts of the world. A lot of my education was through music,” said Kej, who was part of a rock band “Angel Dust” during his class 12th from Bishop Cotton Boys’ School in Bengaluru.

Even as Kej pursued a dental science course on his father’s advice, he continued to create music and decided to pursue it full-time on completing the degree.

“Like most musicians, I started my career with popular music and later turned to heavy metal and jazz. I finally zeroed in on world music as it connects with the people the world over, irrespective of the language they speak,” Kej recalled.

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As a professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) in the renowned Indian Institute of Science (IISc) campus in this tech hub, the musician believes his job is to approach environmental subjects artistically.

“Numbers don’t hit people as hard as visuals and art can. My job as a musician is to drive the numbers and data through emotions,” Kej added. (IANS)