CHENNAI: Countering the protests by writers returning their awards against rising intolerance, around 50 members of ‘Byignitedminds’, an association of young citizens, took out a rally near the Valluvar Kottam on Sunday.
The demonstration came exactly a day after Bollywood actor Anupam Kher organised a similar campaign in the National Capital.
One of the protestors, Shenoy claimed that the intellectuals had clubbed four unfortunate and condemnable murders that occurred in different States in the country, at different times and for a reason that was yet to be ascertained, creating needless distrust and panic in society.
“While none of them returned the awards during 1,000 communal clashes in India which left more than 960 dead and 18,000 injured between 2005 and 2013, a group of 50 people is now attempting to disregard the mandate of 550 million Indians,” said Krishna Jaganathan, a social activist who led the protest.
‘Byignitedminds’ also organised a post card campaign requesting the President of India to consider patriotism and love for nation as a factor before giving out the awards.