A group of students and professors from the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) in Bengaluru and Ahmedabad raised their voices against hate speech and attacks on minorities in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, claiming that his silence “emboldened” the voices to hate. The letter, signed by some students and faculty members of IIM-Ahmedabad and IIM-Bengaluru, urged the prime minister to speak out on and condemn these issues.
The letter reads: “Your silence on the rise of intolerance in our country, Honorable Prime Minister, is disheartening for all of us who value the multicultural fabric of our country. Your silence, Honorable Prime Minister, emboldens hateful voices and threatens the unity and integrity of our country. The group of students and professors urged the prime minister to keep the country away from “forces that seek to divide us,” as reported by The Indian Express.
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The open letter that was sent to the Prime Minister’s office was signed by 183 members, including 13 faculty members from IIM Bangalore and three from IIM Ahmedabad. The Indian Express reports that faculty members at IIM Bangalore, which include: Deepak Malghan (Associate Professor, Public Policy), Hema Swaminathan (Associate Professor, Public Policy), Dalhia Mani (Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship); Prateek Raj (Assistant Professor of Strategy); and Rajluxmi V Murthy (associate professor, decision science); drafted the letter.
Citing the country’s constitution, the letter mentioned that the country’s citizens have the right to practice our religion with dignity – without fear, without shame.
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Professors and students from one of the country’s main institutions mentioned that there is a “sense of fear in the country now, as places of worship, including churches in recent days, are being vandalized and there is had calls to take up arms against Muslims. brothers and sisters. All of this is done with impunity and without any fear of due process, ”the letter said.
The letter comes after the Bulli Bai app case where Muslim women were auctioned off, and the recent Haridwar Dharam sansad event where some Hindu religious leaders urged people to take up arms against Muslims and called for their genocide. BJP MP from Bangalore, Tejasvi Surya has also been criticized for his hate speech against minorities where he called on Hindus to convert Muslims and Christians.
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