Democracy in danger, ensure defeat of Modi: writers

Democracy in danger, ensure defeat of Modi: writers

 Kannada writer K Marulasiddappa. DH file photo

Progressive thinkers and writers slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ‘using’ the hard work of Indian Army to attain political mileage and said terming of those opposing Modi as ‘anti-national’ was a sign that democracy was in danger.

At a press conference held after a meet, Kannada writer K Marulasiddappa said the Army was always known for its bravery and achievements, but using it for self-aggrandisement showed Modi’s petty mindset. He added that security of a nation is not just limited to its borders but includes overall development, including its food, health and education.

“There is a need to spread awareness about the state of education and health sector. But those who criticise Modi are being attacked. I myself faced situations of physical attack. If Modi comes back, the situation will be exacerbated,” he said.

Writer K Sharifa described Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah as “criminals behind the Godhra riots”. “They destroyed evidence (of crime). Where would they be if the evidence had remained? Should these kinds of criminals rule us,” she asked

She said Bangalore South candidate Tejasvi Surya had no respect for women and opposed women’s reservation. “Do they think women exist only to take care of a family,” she said.

Without taking Surya's name, Kannada Development Authority chairman S G Siddaramaiah said Bengaluru South candidate was a fanatic and ill-informed. “You (the public) know the way he has talked about women. Think what will happen when such people are sent to the Lok Sabha,” he said.

Writer Champa said people should vote for Congress candidate B K Hariprasad in Bangalore South to ensure the defeat of communal forces.