Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad students and faculty have written an open letter urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak out against the growing hate speech and religious violence in the country. The letter said the Prime Minister’s silence on these issues would strengthen those who provoke hatred. “Your Excellency the Prime Minister, your silence will give courage to hateful voices. It will become a threat to the unity and integrity of our country. We urge you to stand up against the forces that are trying to divide us.”
The letter was written in the wake of a recent call by some Hindu leaders at the Haridwar Dharma Samsad event to take up arms against Muslims. “It is not acceptable to call for violence against communities based on hate speech, religion or caste identity. The Constitution of India also gives citizens the right to practice the religion of their choice with dignity. There are fears in the country at present,” the letter said.
“The country is currently in a state of panic. Places of worship, including churches, are being vandalized in recent days. Our Muslim brothers and sisters are being called upon to take up arms against those who incite such acts. The Honorable Prime Minister, your silence gives courage to hateful voices. Our country is united.” , Poses a threat to integrity. We urge the Prime Minister to stand firm against the forces that are trying to divide us. “
The letter, signed by 180 students and other staff, including 13 faculty members from IIM-Ahmedabad, was sent to the Prime Minister. The remarks made by spiritual guru Kalicharan Maharaj at the Haridwar Dharma Samsad event have sparked outrage. He commented that the goal of Islam is to take over the country through politics. Moreover, he made insulting remarks on the patriarch Mahatma Gandhi.