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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to go on a state visit to America next week, but before that the human rights organization Amnesty International is running after him. Amnesty International will screen the controversial BBC documentary in the US two days ahead of a White House dinner in honor of PM Modi.
This is not the first time that Amnesty International is doing such activities regarding the foreign tour of the Indian PM, but earlier when PM Modi went to Australia, the BBC documentary was also shown in the Australian Parliament premises, but this is not the case. Amnesty International seems not to have learned from its failed attempt to discredit Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Australia.
Amnesty International, in association with Human Rights Watch, now plans a similar strategy in the US. He will again screen the BBC documentary on 20 June, two days before his official state visit.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have invited policy makers, journalists and analysts to a private screening of the two-part documentary “India: The Modi Question” on 20 June. Announcing the screening, Human Rights Watch said it wanted to remind people that the documentary is banned in India.
Attempt to defame Indian PM
Amnesty International, which is being probed by Indian law enforcement agencies for alleged violations of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), screened a BBC documentary on PM Modi at an event at Australia’s Parliament House in Canberra. It was shown just three days before PM Modi’s visit to Australia.
But Amnesty International was not successful in its effort and the Indian PM was welcomed like a rock star in Australia, and more than 20,000 people attended Modi’s event. Not only this, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese also addressed PM Modi as “Boss”.
Also, PM Modi’s name was written on the sky in Sydney, Australia for some time and the way PM Modi was warmly received in Australia must have given the organizers of Amnesty International a heartache.
Not welcome in America, will celebrate
America is eagerly waiting for PM Modi’s visit and the Biden family has organized an intimate dinner for PM Modi on June 21, while the White House will host a dinner in honor of PM Modi on June 22.
There is no remote possibility of any effort by Amnesty International to dampen the enthusiasm of the Indian community in the US. Not only this, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday that PM Modi’s historic state visit to the US will further strengthen the defining relationship of the 21st century.
Apart from this, Indian Americans are preparing to welcome PM Modi with enthusiasm. Around 600 Indian community members prepare to gather at Freedom Plaza in front of the Willard Intercontinental in Washington, which is close to the White House, and where PM Modi will stay during his visit, while a group of Indian-Americans gather at New York’s Andrews Air Force Base The base plans to go when the PM’s Air India One will land on June 21 at noon.
Welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 22, a 21-gun salute will be given along with President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden.
There will be an address in the US Parliament
After this Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the US Parliament. Modi will become the first Indian Prime Minister to address a joint sitting of the US Congress twice, making history. According to Indian Americans, the PM’s invitation to address the US Congress is a reminder of the historic importance of the relationship between the US and India.
In addition, US Vice President Kamala Harris will host PM Modi for lunch on June 23, which is being co-hosted by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the Second Gentleman.
The Indian PM will also interact with the overseas Indians and the business community on 23 June. Meanwhile, several cabinet ministers and prominent leaders of the Biden administration are likely to meet PM Modi. Therefore, this act of Amnesty International will not have any importance other than becoming a headline in some newspapers.