A group of students and faculty members of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Bengaluru and Ahmedabad have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to take the country forward, keeping divisive forces at bay. One member said that the purpose of the signatories is to underline that if the voices of those promoting hate are loud, then the rational voices should also be loud.
New Delhi: A group of students and faculty members of the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) based in Bengaluru and Ahmedabad on Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to take the country forward while keeping divisive forces away.
In this letter, referring to the increasing attacks on minorities and hate speech in the country, it was said that the silence of the Prime Minister has given courage to hate speeches.
A total of 183 people, including 13 faculty members from IIM Bangalore and three faculty members from IIM Ahmedabad, have signed the letter sent to the Prime Minister’s Office.
The letter said, “Honorable Prime Minister, your silence on the growing intolerance in our country is deeply disappointing to all of us who value the multicultural fabric of the country.” Your silence has encouraged hate speeches and posed a threat to the unity and integrity of our country.
In the letter, the Prime Minister has been urged to remove the forces trying to divide the country.
It said, ‘We urge your leadership to take us away from inciting hatred against our own people. We believe that a society can focus on creativity, innovation and development or society can create division in itself.
“The signatories want to build an India that becomes an example of inclusiveness and diversity in the world,” the letter said. You take the country forward in the direction of choosing the right option. The Constitution has given people the right to practice their religious freedom with dignity, without fear and shame.
It said, ‘There is a feeling of fear in our country right now. In recent days, places of worship including churches have been vandalized and there have been calls to take up arms against our Muslim brothers and sisters. All this is happening without any fear and regardless of the law.
The paper has been drafted by five faculty members of IIM Bangalore, Prateek Raj (Assistant Professor of Strategy), Deepak Malghan (Associate Professor, Public Policy), Dalhiya Mani (Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship), Rajalakshmi V. Murthy (Associate). Professor, Decision Sciences) and Hema Swaminathan (Associate Professor, Public Policy).
Prateek Raj told that the students and faculty members of the institute thought of writing this letter after realizing that keeping quiet was no longer an option.
“The purpose of the signatories of this letter is to underline the fact that if the voices of those who promote hatred are loud, then the voices of those who argue should also be loud,” he said.
(with input from news agency language)
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