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Eminent people don't want Modi at helm

New Delhi, May 15, 2014, DHNS: 2:30 IST
A group of intellectuals, rights activists and progressive people across India have expressed apprehensions over brainwashing of the masses by “practitioners of hate politics” and urged all parties that campaigned on the basis of secular credentials to prevent Narendra Modi from forming the next Central government.

The signatories include Mahesh Bhatt, Mahesh Murthy, Maya Krishna Rao, Prabhat Patnaik, Geetha Hariharan and Kabir Khan. Over 900 people from different walks of life have signed the appeal. It includes filmmakers, writers, artists and university teachers.

“We, concerned citizens of India, are alarmed by the divisive, abusive and violent Lok Sabha election campaign that has just been concluded. Throughout the campaign, the Bharatiya Janata Party, under Narendra Modi’s leadership, has been especially virulent in ridiculing and insulting religious and sexual minorities, Dalits and people with disabilities,” says the appeal.

“Communal forces represented and endorsed by the BJP and Modi work against the interests and rights of cultural and linguistic minorities, tribals and women across communities. It is only reasonable to anticipate that the policies of discrimination and ghettoisation practised by Modi's government in Gujarat will become the national norm.

Even more disturbingly, much of the mainstream media today is not only acting pliant, they are carrying a barrage of misleading facts to promote Modi, leading to legitimate fears that they may further abandon their watchdog role,” they charged.

“The collusion of big corporates with rank communal and authoritarian ideas, visible starkly in the poll campaign, will seep into the structures of governance if a Modi-led NDA government is formed. All opponents to this brand of politics will be hounded and hunted as they, indeed, have been in Gujarat,” the intellectuals have argued.

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