Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation honours Indian PM
New Delhi: “Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been conferred with yet another award, this time it’s by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, for the PM’s ambitious pet project, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan( Clean India Mission),” stated by an Indian news source.
Another award,another moment of pride for every Indian, as PM Modi’s diligent and innovative initiatives bring laurels from across the world.
Sh @narendramodi to receive award from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for #SwachhBharatAbhiyaan during his visit to the United States. pic.twitter.com/QlsxOWS6jT
— Dr Jitendra Singh (@DrJitendraSingh) September 2, 2019
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is a private charity organization owned by billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates. He will receive the award during his visit to the United States later this month.
Social and political activists have criticized the decision of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to confer the award to the “Butcher of Gujarat”
Politicians, lawyers, and human right activists have urged the foundation not to confer the award to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for violating human rights in Kashmir and Assam.
“While public health is undoubtedly a priority in India and around the world, such an honor would come as his Hindu nationalist party has incited violence against minorities, silenced dissent and curtailed freedom of expression,” Suchitra Vijayan, a lawyer and executive director of the Polis Project, and Arjun Singh Sethi, a human rights lawyer and adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center wrote in an article published in The Washington Post on Saturday.
Why is the @GatesFoundation choosing this moment to honor Indian PM Modi (for fighting open defecation), as Muslims in India face a clampdown in Kashmir, loss of citizenship in Assam, and unremedied violence across the country. https://t.co/Dvgnm5ab14
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) September 7, 2019
Dear @BillGates & @GatesFoundation,
Did you know that Narendra Modi was denied a US visa from 2005-2014 because he was known as the “Butcher of Gujarat” for the anti-Muslim pogroms which killed 2,000 Muslims when he was chief minister of that province?https://t.co/LsY0iVtc9g
— Arsalan Iftikhar (@TheMuslimGuy) September 6, 2019
The Hitler of the East @narendramodi getting exposed yet once again, this time by the @washingtonpost https://t.co/T5nIiHXraa
— Ali Haider Zaidi (@AliHZaidiPTI) September 7, 2019