Sabah Hamid resigned from the foundation after realizing it was willing to award Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi despite his increasing authoritarian grip on power, infliction of state violence and communication shutdown in occupied
A staff member at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said that she has resigned in protest at a decision to honour India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This is despite widespread allegations of human rights violations in occupied Kashmir where an ongoing lockdown and communications blackout continue to cripple normal life on its 52nd day today.
In an interview, Sabah Hamid, 42, a communications specialist and programme officer at the foundation for the last three and half years says it erred greatly by honouring the Indian prime minister.
Modi received award on September 24 for his government’s efforts to control open defecation in India, on the sidelines of his visit to the UN General Assembly. Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, or Clean India Mission, with much fanfare soon after he took office in 2014. The initiative aimed to build millions of toilets for India’s poor.
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