By South Asia Solidarity Group
Last month we were told that Narendra Modi was due to attend the G7, invited as a special guest by Boris Johnson. For Boris, it was to be an occasion to brag about the 1.39 billion dollar trade deal he has signed with Modi. With this in mind, and to keep Modi happy, he even delayed putting India on the Red list, which led, as we know, to the Delta variant surging in the UK.
But it was not to be. Modi was forced to cancel his visit by a devastating second wave of the virus in India, fuelled by his own gross errors, shocking negligence, callousness and desire to consolidate power above all else.
Reduced to attending the G7 virtually, Modi is increasingly unsure of his own standing, both with the Biden administration, thanks to his cosy relationship with Trump, and more importantly, in India. He is now even more dependent on his corporate friends – particularly Mukesh Ambani , the CEO of Reliance, the sixth richest man in the world, and Gautam Adani, who is notorious for his environmental crimes. Both men are involved, among other things, in the corporate takeover of agriculture in India which is being challenged by India’s massive and iconic Farmers movement.
Meanwhile Ambani, who literally owns much of India, has bought Hamleys Toyshop in Regent Street – a vanity project perhaps, but also, as our spoof film finds, a place for mutual admiration and back-scratching by Boris Johnson, Priti Patel, Mukesh Ambani, and of course, Narendra Modi.
Watch the video: Modi & Friends: A rendezvous in Regent Street – YouTube
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