Modi doesn’t deserve Gates Foundation recognition.

Modi doesn’t deserve Gates Foundation recognition.

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Concerned Citizen started this petition to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and

Modi has restricted the rights of fellow Indian citizens in Kashmir and promotes discourse and attitudes that undermine the safety of minorities.  

He is being recognized by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation for the sanitation and toilet access initiative. 

However this recognition is undeserving of a man that has led to economic uncertainty (demonetization), increased division (revoking article 370), and increased disenfranchisement (revoking citizenship in Assam).  As a minister in Gujarat he was ineffective or unwilling to stop communal violence that lead to the deaths of thousands of Indians.  

Bill and Melinda gates do not need to further stoke his ego.  

From the Washington post: 

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/beta.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/09/06/gates-foundation-shouldnt-give-an-award-narendra-modi/%3foutputType=amp

“Since Aug. 5, India has imposed an unprecedented communication blockadeon Kashmir. Landlines, mobile phones and the Internet have been suspended. Many Kashmiris remain cut off from their families, and a strict curfew is still in place in many areas. In the days leading up to the blockade, 38,000 troops were moved into the Kashmir Valley, putting the total troop count at more than 500,000 in what was already one of the world’s most militarized regions.

The reports that have emerged from Kashmir since the blackout are frightening. Thousands of Kashmiris, including human rights advocates, elected officials and even young students, have reportedly been arrested in raids. The local prisons are full, according to a local magistrate, and many detainees have been flown out of the region. Family members wait in anguish, fearing that their loved ones may be forcibly disappeared, as an estimated 8,000 Kashmiris were before them. There have been reports of tortureand police violence. Compounding this is a humanitarian crisis, as patients in Kashmir can’t access medicine and life-saving treatment.

At the same time, Modi is also pursuing an exclusionary strategy in Assam. On Aug. 31, the government published a list that excluded about 1.9 million peoplewho it claims don’t have the appropriate documents to prove their citizenship. Many are Muslims, women and children from low-income and impoverished backgrounds. Those excluded from the list have 120 days to appeal and prove their citizenship, and if they fail, could be detained or deported.“

 

 

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