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India: Growing intolerance: A Letter to the President of India by Creative and Academic Community of West Bengal

Sunday 18 October 2015, by siawi3

Source: http://www.sacw.net/article11771.html

sacw.net - 16 October 2015

October 14, 2015

To Sri Pranab Mukherjee

The President of India

Your Excellency,

As citizens of a democratic country, we are deeply concerned about the growing culture of murderous intolerance and the brazen assault on the fundamental right to life of those who maintain the core values of diversity, plurality and tolerance of which you yourself have recently reminded us. The targeting of innocents like the recent killing of Muhammad Akhlaq in Dadri and the series of attacks against rationalists and freethinkers including the gruesomely casual killing of Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and M.M. Kalburgi has made us strangers in our own country. We are horrified at the callous lack of support and apathy of the state in finding and bringing the culprits to justice. The stifling atmosphere of fear and uncertainty is fatal to the freedom of expression that is at the heart of our shared lives, and it is for the restoration of this common fabric that we urge you to intervene.

On behalf of the freethinking, creative minds of India – indeed, on behalf of every citizen of India – we urge you, the guardian of the Constitution of India, to ensure that those who have infringed upon this founding document of the State with impunity, whether overtly or by silent complicity, be brought to justice. Throttling the right to free thought and expression threatens the very existence of our plural society. We demand your active intervention in protecting the basic freedom which is the right of all Indian citizens without discrimination by religion, caste, class or gender. We appeal to you to take firm and immediate steps to combat this well-planned conspiracy to endanger Indian democracy.

From the creative and academic community of West Bengal,

Nabaneeta Dev Sen
Nirendranath Chakraborty
Ashok Mitra
Shankha Ghosh
Alokranjan Dasgupta
Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay
Pabitra Sarkar
Ipshita Chanda
Samaresh Majumder
Amiya Bagchi
Bibhash Chakraborty
Rudraprasad Sengupta
Swatilekha Sengupta
Bani Basu
Subodh Sarkar
Antara Dev Sen
Pratik Kanjilal
Nandana Dev Sen
Wasim Kapoor
Dipali Bhattacharya
Srijato
Sohini Sengupta
Emanul Haque
Bikashranjan Bhattacharya
Chitra Sen
Kaushik Sen
Reshmi Sen
Srikanta Acharya
Bijaya Mukhopadhyay
Sarat Mukhopadyay
Gargi Roychoudhury
Arna Sheel
Ujjwal Chattopadhyay
Meghnad Bhattacharya
Kishor Sengupta
Subrata Gangopadhyay
Samir Aich
Srabasti Basu
All Members of P.E.N International, India, West Bengal Branch
Krishna Bose
Ranjan Gupta
Shyamal Mukhopadhyay
Sugata Choudhuri
Arindam Acharjee
Barun Chakrabarty
Krishna Sen
All Members of SOI, Forum for Creative Women
Anjali Das
Jyotsna Karmakar
Sharmishtha Dasgupta
Maya Siddhanta
Dipanwita Roy
Chitra Lahiri
Chaitali Chattopadhyay
Sutapa Bhattacharya
Sanjukta Bandopadhyay
Esha De
Ishita Bhaduri
Kana Basu Misra
Susmeli Dutta
Deepshikha Poddar
Binata Roychowdhury
Pritha Bal
Dipannita Datta
Bubun Chattopadhyay
Banani Das
Swapna Bandopadhyay
Kasturi Chattopadhyay
Sanhita Bandopadhyay
Tanbir Nasreen
Kamalakkha Gangopadhyay
Manasij Majumder
Dhritikanta Lahiri Choudhury
Shankar Majumder
Pratibha Mandal
Bidisha Ghosh Biswas
Agnimitra Biswas
K. Biswanath
Anit Bose
Paushali Sengupta
Rangan Sengupta
Bipasha Raha
Subha Chakraborty Dasgupta
Arnab Dutta
Judhajit Sarkar
Nabin Mandal
Sheila Lahiri Chowdhury
Dipkanta Lahiri Chowdhury
Debjani Lahiri Chowdhury
Ridhi Sen
Pankaj Saha
Avery Chaurey
Indira Mukherjee
Riya Chatterjee
Kanai Barui
Bulbul Datta
S.N. Paul
Amitabha Mandal
Jharna Barui
Neelu Das
Sukanta Chaudhuri
Supriya Chaudhuri
Sounak Chakraborty
Sebanti Ghosh
Sudhir Chandra
Minati Chatterjee
Jayati Ghosh
Bikash Mukherjee
Sudip Nath
Indira Chakraborty
Amit Das
Nandita Kundu
Jhinuk Roy
Saumen Mukhopadhyay
Anish Sengupta
Mahashweta Samajdar
Anuttama Banerji
Soumyajit Paul
Soma Roychowdhury
Himanshu Biswas
Arpita Sikka
Prabhas Ghosh
Ayan Majumdar
Biswajit Bhowmik
Chaitali Chatterji
Sharmila Das
T.K. Mandal
Abhijit Ghosh
Yasodhara Roychowdhury
Upasana Mukherjee
Biplab Gangopadhyay
Amit Kr. Pandit
Gargi Sarkar
Debu
Sreyash Sarkar
Agomani Dasgupta Mukherji
Roshni Charaborty
Ajeya Sarkar
Sreyashi Musafir
Swapna Chakraborty
Sremayi Bhatta
Nilanjana Chatterjee
Sudakshina Bhagat
Swastika
Swapna Dutta
Sajal Samudra
Paula Sengupta
Abhimanyu Mahato
Pias Majid
Arvind Deb Sarkar
Alamgir Haque
Sharmila Sen
Pallabi Dey
Anamika Dutta Sarkar
Samapan Saha
Saumitra Polley
Anjan Achariya
Anirban Das
Amlan Chaudhuri
Md. Inasuddin
Biplab Kr. Pal
Swapan Bose
Ramkumar Acharya