Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP suffered an embarrassing setback in the Bihar polls before his upcoming UK visit, an organisation chose a unique way of protesting against the PM's visit to the country.
"Modi not welcome" blared a large poster projected onto the Houses of Parliament building on Sunday evening (8 November) in a protest against Modi's first visit to the UK next week.
The 'Awaaz Network' were behind the projection, which showed Modi waving a sword with an 'OM' sign changing to a Nazi swastika behind him.
"[Narendra Modi] wants to sell the idea of a 'Digital India', a 'clean India' and a developed and self-sufficient India. The reality is the unleashing of a violence authoritarian agenda that seeks to undermine India's democratic and secular fabric," a spokesperson for the Awaaz Network told ibtimes.
The ibtimes report also adds:
A number of different organisations have joined Awaaz Network to support the campaign against Modi, such as South Asia Solidarity Group, Sikh Federation UK, Southall Black Sisters, Dalit Solidarity Network UK, Indian Muslim Federation, Indian Workers Association, Muslim Parliament, and Voice of Dalit International.
Though there were suspicions that the images were photoshopped, Kalpana, cofounder of Awaaz-UK.org, told India Today that the projection had taken place for real and that the images had not been photoshopped.
Photos from the protest can be found here.