600 theatre personalities urge people to vote against 'bigotry, hatred, and apathy'

The letter, which was issued Thursday evening in 12 languages on the Artist Unite India website, said the upcoming Lok Sabha elections are the "most critical in the history" of the country.

Published: 05th April 2019 12:31 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th April 2019 12:31 PM   |  A+A-

Theatre Personalities Amol Palekar (L), Naseeruddin Shah (C) and Girish Karnad (R). (File | Agencies)


MUMBAI: More than 600 theatre personalities, including Amol Palekar, Naseeruddin Shah, Girish Karnad and Usha Ganguli, have signed a letter asking people to "vote BJP and its allies" out of power, arguing that the idea of India and its constitution are under threat.

The letter, which was issued Thursday evening in 12 languages on the Artist Unite India website, said the upcoming Lok Sabha elections are the "most critical in the history" of the country.

Among those who have signed the letter are Shanta Gokhale, Mahesh Elkunchwar, Mahesh Dattani, Arundhati Nag, Kirti Jain, Abhishek Majumdar, Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak Shah, Lillete Dubey, Mita Vashisth, M K Raina, Makarand Deshpande and Anurag Kashyap.

"Today, the very idea of India is under threat. Today, song, dance, laughter is under threat. Today, our beloved Constitution is under threat," they said.

The government has "suffocated" the institutions where argument, debate and dissent were nurtured, the letter stated.

"A democracy must empower its weakest, its most marginalised. A democracy cannot function without questioning, debate, and a vibrant opposition. All this is being concertedly eroded by the current government."


"The BJP, which came to power five years ago with the promise of development, has given free rein to Hindutva goons to indulge in the politics of hate and violence," it added.

In an apparent reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the letter stated that he has destroyed the lives of many people through his government's policies and has failed on the promises he made.

The letter does not refer to the prime minister by name.

"He promised to bring back black money; instead, rogues have looted the country and run away. The wealth of the rich has grown astronomically, while the poor have become even poorer."

The letter asked people to protect the "Constitution and our syncretic, secular ethos" and vote "bigotry, hatred, and apathy out of power".

"We appeal to our fellow citizens to vote for love and compassion, for equality and social justice, and to defeat the forces of darkness and barbarism," the letter read.

"Vote to empower the weakest, protect liberty, protect the environment, and foster scientific thinking. Vote for secular democratic, inclusive India. Vote for the freedom to dream. Vote wisely," it added.

Last week, a similar appeal was issued by celebrated indie filmmakers such as Anand Patwardhan, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan and Devashish Makhija, asking voters to "defeat fascism".

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  • Kam

    Chowkidar is Chor and a killer. Vote him out of power.
    2 months ago reply
  • Raj

    Thugs of khangress
    3 months ago reply
  • Sunil

    3 months ago reply
  • Debnath Chakraborty

    Give your vote to the perticular standful party for national integration .
    3 months ago reply
  • Shashikant Desai

    All are out of mind and it's obvious at this age. All are fooling around with people's Sentiments for Votes. More TAX for Middle Class people to fund Uneconomical Manifestos of Congress. Congress Allies NOT APPROVED Uneconomical manifestos why we should vote?????????
    3 months ago reply
  • Gian Chand Sharma

    We are the peolle who are Hindustani
    3 months ago reply
  • Tushar

    Chaukidar chor hai
    3 months ago reply
    • Michelle vedic human

      3 months ago reply
    • Natarajan Baradwaj

      The fact that you are not locked up for calling chowkidar a chor disproves the claim that there is no freedom of speech.
      3 months ago reply

    Correct ....Absolutely Correct..... That's why each and everybody should vote against Congress
    3 months ago reply
  • vanthia thevan

    Now I realize that unemployment is at its height in India.
    3 months ago reply
  • Rajiv Saxena

    the award wapsi gang.
    3 months ago reply
  • Sarbajit Sen

    3 months ago reply
    • Shashi PUNERA

      Utter solidarity for corruption and pusdo secularism
      3 months ago reply
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