MUMBAI: Keep Prime Minister Narendra Modi away from the Annual Marathi Literary Meet scheduled to be held at Baroda next month, demanded Govind Pansare Abhivadan Samiti, a leftist organisation fronting the meet.
“We appeal to the organizers that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should not be invited in any capacity for the opening or the closing ceremony of the 91st Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan scheduled to be held at Baroda,” the committee said in an appeal released here on Wednesday.
The appeal signed by Prakash Reddy, Subodh More and Yogesh Kamble said that during Modi’s rule literary workers have been attacked and are being attacked. Secularists, forward-looking, rationalist leaders have been made to face 'mobocracy', claimed the appeal.
It also said that many such literary workers have returned their awards in the past. Government institutions in the fields of cinema, theatre and textbooks are stuffed with people having "Manuvadi" mindset by the government and Modi has maintained a deafening silence, added the appeal.
PM's economic policies have done an injustice to Mumbai and Maharashtra. His love for Marathi is nowhere to be seen. Hence we appeal the Marathi Sahitya Parishad to not to invite him to the literary meet at all, the appeal has said.