Over 200 writers and
In the appeal issued on Indian Cultural Forum, the 210 signatories said that the last few years saw “citizens being lynched or assaulted or discriminated against because of their community, caste, gender, or the region they come from”.
“Hate politics has been used to divide the country; create fear; and exclude more and more people from living as full-fledged citizens. Writers, artists, filmmakers, musicians and other cultural practitioners have been hounded, intimidated, and censored.
“Anyone who questions the powers-that-be is in danger of being harassed or arrested on false and ridiculous charges,” they said in the appeal
Terming voting out “hate politics, division of our people, inequality, violence, intimidation
“We don’t want rationalists, writers
“We want resources and measures for jobs, education, research, healthcare and equal opportunities for all. Most of all, we want to safeguard our diversity and let democracy flourish,” the appeal added.
The appeal has also been signed by prominent names like Amitav Ghosh, Vivek Shanbhag, Urvashi Butalia, Meena Kandasamy, Benyamin, Vivan Sundaram, Namita Gokhale, K.N. Panikkar, Ranjit Hoskote, Jeet Thayil, Jerry Pinto, Romila Thapar
The appeal has been issued in English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Urdu, Bangla, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu.