‘Meant to Hide the Poor’: Trump Gets His Wall—In India—Ahead of Monday Visit

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When President Donald Trump arrives in Ahmedabad, India on Monday, he’s expected to be greeted by roughly 100,000 cheering Indians along a sparkling clean route to the world’s largest cricket stadium where another crowd of 110,000 will attend a rally with the U.S. president and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

It’s pure spectacle.

Modi and his government have built walls along the president’s route to hide the slums lining the route, a sign of India’s high levels of inequality, from Trump and his retinue.

“Trump promised to build a wall, India did it, just before his arrival,” tweeted journalist Rana Ayyub.

The cheering crowds on the street and at the Sardar Patel Stadium will be made up of loyalists and party members.

As the New York Times reported:

Just to stand along the road that Mr. Trump’s motorcade will travel for a few minutes on Monday requires a special pass, given to carefully vetted party members, their allies and special groups handpicked by the government. This is a level of control Mr. Modi can deliver in India that is very different from Britain, for example, where Mr. Trump treaded carefully to avoid the optics of hostile crowds.

Ahmedabad is located in the state of Gujarat, where Modi was once governor. Riots in 2002 in the state that killed nearly 800 Muslims and have been described as a pogrom by scholars spurred accusations that the violence was implicitly encouraged by Modi, leading to a travel ban to the U.S. until his election as prime minister in  2014.

At a rally in Colorado on Thursday, Trump claimed that 6-10 million people would come out to see him during his visit to Ahmedabad, a grossly inflated number.

Trump and Modi are expected to talk trade and arms deals during the two-day visit, which will be punctuated with visits to a number of cities and the Taj Mahal.

The Washington Post visited the slums along Trump’s route being hidden by the wall and talked to residents.

Reshma Saraniya, 29, has lived in the slum, a broken-down collection of homes with corrugated tin roofs, her whole life. Earlier this month, she was at her job at a nearby hotel when neighbors called her to say the city authorities had arrived to demolish about 20 huts, including the one where she had lived with her 11-year-old son for the past two years. Saraniya knew a demolition could happen, she said, her voice vibrating with emotion, but she received no warning it was imminent. Now there is ragged earth and a cement wall where she used to live.

Indian activist Aswathy Jwala protested the building of the wall, standing near the slum’s entrance with a handwritten sign.

“This is our India, our real India,” the sign read. “Don’t hide our India. Expose our India and work to make it better.”

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5 Comments on "‘Meant to Hide the Poor’: Trump Gets His Wall—In India—Ahead of Monday Visit"

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chris whitley
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chris whitley

Sounds perfect for trump. Anyone that thinks trump gives a dam about the poor are sadly mistaken. Sure he likes for them to clean his toilet, or make his bed. But other than that they should get the fck out and leave him with his money people.

fishouttaH2o
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They’re trying to do that in this country too. Cities are passing laws to criminalize homelessness (calling it trespassing, or camping in an unauthorized area, or loitering) & they throw away what little the people have & move them away or arrest them. Wall them off, hide them, pretend they don’t exist. Most of us don’t have $400 saved for an emergency & we’re one paycheck, accident, or illness away from homeless ourselves. Bloomberg has 65 Billion. He could give everybody in America a million dollars and not even make a dent in it. That would go far in turning… Read more »
Debra
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Debra

So true. What are these homeless people supposed to do? They have no where to go. Our billionaires could easily take care of all the homeless with a place to live and food to eat but they could care less. Their thinking and tRumps followers are that why should anyone get anything for free. That’s why tRump has so many followers.

fishouttaH2o
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fishouttaH2o
They still believe the line of crap that if you just work hard enough you will be financially secure too & the reason they’re struggling is because the illegals have all the good jobs. We’ve had policies for two decades that make more wealth for corporations to move our decent jobs out of the country. Both parties have enabled this. Corporate welfare is okay though. Coal industry, farmers, auto bailout Good. Rugged individualism & starvation for impoverished American people good, assistance Bad. Oh and in answer to your question, What are these homeless people supposed to do? Die.
fishouttaH2o
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fishouttaH2o

Actually my math doesn’t work at all but my point is the wealthy should be tapped to help with the overwhelming poverty & hunger in this country.