Critics relate this to ‘Abki Bar Trump Sarkar’ slogan given by Modi at Houston rally in 2019
Zafar Aafaq | Clarion India
NEW DELHI — As Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the storming of Capitol Hill in Washington by supporters of US President Donald Trump, visuals have emerged from ground zero showing Indian flag being waved from the crowd outside the building.
Distressed to see news about rioting and violence in Washington DC. Orderly and peaceful transfer of power must continue. The democratic process cannot be allowed to be subverted through unlawful protests.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 7, 2021
Alejandro Alvarez, a local journalist, who live tweeted the situation as the pro-Trump crowd swelled at the Constitution Avenue, posted a series of visuals in thread including a clip which went viral with netizens from India pointing out the presence of Indian tricolour when the rioters had forced their way to the steps of the building.
Dozens have forced their way to the top. More coming up the steps. Police are trying to bolster their numbers through the west doors but someone with a fire extinguisher is dousing them from above. The crowd only keeps cheering. pic.twitter.com/WA526jTBGo
— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) January 6, 2021
The pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol Hill on Wednesday in a bid to stall the declaration of Biden win. The crowd breached one of the most secure government buildings in the US capital and forced their way into the halls of Congress leading to unprecedented chaos. Latest reports said that the law enforcement officials had secured the building but four people were killed, including a woman by gunfire, in the standoff.
The crises at the Capitol triggered sharp reactions from commentators across the globe with many observing that this was an attack on the idea of democracy.
The presence of Indian flag triggered quick reaction with many saying that they are embarrassed to see Indian flag at a pro-Trump rally.
What a disgrace to the Indian flag https://t.co/QCE0xjJL0u
— Jairaj Singh (@JairajSinghR) January 7, 2021
Shamefully there's some Indian American waving the Indian flag 🇮🇳 at the fascist coup attempt in the USA. Will @narendramodi @DrSJaishankar @SandhuTaranjitS object to the misuse of India's national flag in a white supremacist coup? Or is it Modi & MAGA Bhakts bhai bhai? https://t.co/WYcbHwNanm
— Kavita Krishnan (@kavita_krishnan) January 7, 2021
As people asked how come Indian flag showed up in a pro-Trump rally, they were quickly reminded of the ‘Abki Bar Trump Sarkar’- a slogan Prime Minister Modi raised to exhibit his support to President Trump at an event held in September 2019 in Houston.
— Shabnam Hashmi (@ShabnamHashmi) January 7, 2021
“Because as much as RW ideologues would want to hide behind semantics, the Prime Minister of India had publicly and unequivocally endorsed Donald Trump’s candidacy for reelection,” wrote Mohamed Zeeshan, a journalist who frequently comments on India’s foreign policy, in response to a tweet by BJP leader Varun Gandhi.
Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor also responded to Varun Gandhi’s tweet:
Unfortunately, @varungandhi80, there are some Indians with the same mentality as that Trumpist mob, who enjoy using the flag as a weapon rather than a badge of pride, & denounce all who disagree with them as anti-nationals & traitors. That flag there is a warning to all of us. https://t.co/uJIaDlLklt
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) January 7, 2021
Indian American Muslim Council, an advocacy group of expats in the US, condemned the storming of Capitol. It also condemned the Indian Americans who participated in the violence saying they “should be ashamed of themselves for bringing dishonour to both India and the US”.
A fringe group of Indian American Hindutva Supremacists who participated in the violence (with Indian flag) in DC today, should be ashamed of themselves for bringing dishonor to both India and the US.@IRF_Ambassador @DickDurbin @SpeakerPelosi @JoeBiden @kamalaHarris@RepJayapal https://t.co/OVz9zyIgXl
— IndianAmericanMuslimCouncil (@IAMCouncil) January 7, 2021
Indian embassy in the United States is yet to make any public statements on the flag issue as the identity of the bearer remains unknown when the reports last came.
— Mohammed Zubair (@zoo_bear) January 7, 2021