[Reader-list] Fwd: stop the award to narendra modi

Shilpa Phadke phadkeshilpa at gmail.com
Tue Sep 1 14:37:40 IST 2009

There is a petition online protesting the award to Modi.


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From: shabnam hashmi <shabnamhashmi at gmail.com>
Date: Sun, Aug 30, 2009 at 11:17 PM
Subject: stop the award
To: shabnam hashmi <shabnamhashmi at gmail.com>

The Financial Times group in London has decided to confer the 'FDI Asian
Personality of the Year 2009’ on Narendra Modi. It is well known and
documented by over 30 human rights fact finding reports that he was
complicit in and personally responsible for the communal carnage that
occurred in Gujarat in 2002, seen as India’s worst instance of violence
against minorities. Even today over 5000 families of Internally Displaced
Muslims, the victims of 2002 communal carnage live in rehabilitation
colonies built by NGOs as they have not been allowed to return to the
villages which bear the sign of the Hindu Rashtra. It will be a matter of
great shame if this award is given to him. The FT Group, is part of Pearson
PLC, a London headquartered media conglomerate. The current CEO is Marjorie
Scardino, she serves on the board of MacArthur Foundation, which ironically
gives out peace grants.

The award in question has been instituted by the FDI Magazine [glossy,
15,000 circulation], which is part of the FT Group. It is a fortnightly and
focuses on the business of globalisation.

The panel which chose Modi include the editor at FDI Mag -- Courtney Fingar,
[E-mail: courtney.fingar at ft.com/ Tel: +44 (0) 20 7775 6365].

I am sending a letter of protest to the British High Commissioner tomorrow.
Please write to the British High Commissioner ( *Email:*
web.newdelhi at fco.gov.uk)  and send copies to courtney.fingar at ft.com or write
to her directly.

shabnam hashmi



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