Let us vote against hate politics. Let us vote for an equal and diverse India.

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More than 200 Writers Appeal to Citizens

Let us vote against hate politics. Let us vote for an equal and diverse India.

April 1, 2019

 

The upcoming election finds our country at the crossroads.  Our Constitution guarantees all its citizens equal rights, the freedom to eat, pray and live as they choose, freedom of expression and the right to dissent. But in the last few years, we have seen citizens being lynched or assaulted or discriminated against because of their community, caste, gender, or the region they come from. Hate politics has been used to divide the country; create fear; and exclude more and more people from living as full-fledged citizens. Writers, artists, filmmakers, musicians and other cultural practitioners have been hounded, intimidated, and censored. Anyone who questions the powers-that-be is in danger of being harassed or arrested on false and ridiculous charges.

All of us want this to change. We don’t want rationalists, writers and activists to be hounded or assassinated. We want stern measures against violence in word or deed against women, dalits, adivasis and minority communities. We want resources and measures for jobs, education, research, healthcare and equal opportunities for all. Most of all, we want to safeguard our diversity and let democracy flourish.

How do we do this? How do we bring about the change we need so urgently? There are many things we need to do and can do. But there is a critical first step.

The first step, the one we can take soon, is to vote out hate politics. Vote out the division of our people; vote out inequality; vote against violence, intimidation and censorship. This is the only way we can vote for an India that renews the promises made by our Constitution. This is why we appeal to all citizens to vote for a diverse and equal India.

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Read the Tamil appeal here Read the Bangla appeal here Read the Punjabi appeal here Read the Telugu appeal here Read the Marathi appeal here

 


1 AJ Thomas 79 Huchangi Prasad 157 Rekha Awasthi
2 AR Venkatachalapathy 80 Ishrat Syed 158 Ritu Menon
3 Abhay Maurya 81 J Devika 159 Robin Ngangom
4 Adil Jussawalla 82 JM Parakh 160 Romila Thapar
5 Ajai Singh 83 Jaidev Taneja 161 Ruchira Gupta
6 Akeel Bilgrami 84 Jaishree Misra 162 Rukmini Bhaya Nair
7 Ali Javid 85 Jeet Thayil 163 S Joseph
8 Alok Rai 86 Jerry Pinto 164 Sachin Ketkar
9 Amit Chaudhuri 87 Joy Mathew 165 Saleem Peeradina
10 Amit Bhaduri 88 JV Pawar 166 Salim Yusufji
11 Amitav Ghosh 89 K G Shankara Pillai 167 Salma
12 Anand 90 K N Panikkar 168 Samik Bandyopadhyay
13 Anand Teltumbde 91 K Satchidanandan 169 Sanjeev Kaushal
14 Ananya Vajpeyi 92 Kalpana Swaminarayan 170 Sanjeev Khandekar
15 Ania Loomba 93 Kalpana Swaminathan 171 Sanjeev Kumar
16 Anil Joshi 94 Kavery Nambisan 172 Sarabjeet Garcha
17 Anita Nair 95 Keki Daruwalla 173 Satish Alekar
18 Anita Ratnam 96 Kiran Nagarkar 174 Savitri Rajeevan
19 Anita Thampi 97 KM Shrimali 175 Sethu
20 Anjali Purohit 98 KP Ramanunni 176 Shafi Shauq
21 Anupama HS 99 Kunal Basu 177 Shailesh Singh
22 Anuradha Kapur 100 Kutti Revathi 178 Shanta Acharya
23 Anuradha Marwah 101 M Mukundan 179 Shanta Gokhale
24 Anvar Ali 102 MMP Singh 180 Sharankumar Limbale
25 Apoorvanand 103 Madhu Bhaduri 181 Sharmila Samant
26 Arjumand Ara 104 Makarand Sathe 182 Shashi Deshpande
27 Arjun Dangle 105 Malavika Kapur 183 Shekhar Joshi
28 Arun Kamal 106 Mamang Dai 184 Shobha Singh
29 Arunava Sinha 107 Mamta Sagar 185 Shubha
30 Arundhati Roy 108 Manash Bhattacharya 186 Smita Sahay
31 Arvind Krishna Mehrotra 109 Manasi 187 Srilata K
32 Asad Zaidi 110 Mangad Ratnakaran 188 Subodh Sarkar
33 Asghar Wajahat 111 Mangalesh Dabral 189 Sudeep Chakravarti
34 Ashok Vajpeyi 112 Manishi Jani 190 Sudeshna Banerjee
35 Ashokan Charuvil 113 Manmohan 191 Sudhanva Deshpande
36 Ashwani Kumar 114 Manoj Kulkarni 192 Sudhir Chandra
37 Atamjit Singh 115 Manoj Kuroor 193 Suresh Chabria
38 B Rajeevan 116 Maria Couto 194 TM Krishna
39 Badri Raina 117 Meena Kandasamy 195 Tekchand
40 Bajrang Bihari Tiwari 118 Megha Pansare 196 Udayan Vajpeyi
41 Bali Singh 119 Mogalli Ganesh 197 Urvashi Butalia
42 Bama 120 Mrinal Pande 198 Vaasanthi
43 Basharat Peer 121 Mukul Kesavan 199 Vanamala Viswanatha
44 Benyamin 122 NS Madhavan 200 Vijay Prashad
45 Bhasha Singh 123 NP Hafiz Mohamad 201 Venita Coelho
46 Bina Sarkar Ellias 124 Nabaneeta Dev Sen 202 Vijayalakshmi
47 CS Chandrika 125 Nalin Ranjan Singh 203 Vinita Agrawal
48 Chaman Lal 126 Namita Gokhale 204 Vinitabh
49 Chandradasan 127 Namita Singh 205 Vishnu Nagar
50 Chandrakant Patil 128 Nancy Adajania 206 Vishwanath Tripathi
51 Civic Chandran 129 Nayantara Sahgal 207 Vivan Sundaram
52 Dalip Kaur Tiwana 130 Neeraj Singh 208 Vivek Shanbhag
53 Damodar Mauzo 131 Nityanand Tiwari 209 Volga
54 Datta Damodar Naik 132 Noor Zaheer 210 Zoya Hasan
55 Deepan Sivaraman 133 Orijit Sen 211 Akhil Katyal
56 Devdan Chaudhuri 134 P Sivakami 212 Menka Shivdasani
57 Devendra Chaube 135 PN Gopikrishnan 213 Chandan Gowda
58 Devi Prasad Mishra 136 PP Ramachandran 214 Arjun Rajendran
59 Dinesh Kumar Shukla 137 Pankaj Bisht 215 Sheela Rohekar
60 E Santhoshkumar 138 Paul Zacharia 216 Asha Nambisan
61 EV Ramakrishnan 139 Prabha Varma 217  Vaidehi
62 GN Devy 140 Prabodh Parikh 218 Premanand Gajveeg
63 Gagan Gill 141 Pradnya Daya Pawar 219 Ravindra Verma
64 Gauhar Raza 142 Prem Tiwari 220 Mrinalini Harchandrai
65 Geeta Kapur 143 Priya Sarukkai Chabria 221 Sucharita Dutta-Asane
66 Geetanjali Shree 144 Purushottam Agarwal 222 Annie Chandy
67 Girdhar Rathi 145 R Unni 223 Keerti Ramachandra
68 Girish Karnad 146 Rahamath Tarikere 224 Gita Subramanian
69 Githa Hariharan 147 Rahman Abbas 225 Poile Sengupta
70 Govind Prasad 148 Rajendra Chenni 226 Sonja Chandrachud
71 Gulam Mohammed Sheikh 149 Rajendra Rajan 227 K.R.Usha
72 HS Shivaprakash 150 Rajesh Joshi 228 Usha Ramaswamy
73 Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar 151 Rajiv Ranjan Singh 229 Valli Rao
74 Hariyash Rai 152 Ramprakash Tripathi 230 Shoma Chatterji
75 Harsh Mander 153 Ranjit Hoskote 231 Muthukrishnan
76 Hemant Divate 154 Raosaheb Kasbe 232 Padmini Mongia
77 Hemlata Maheshwar 155 Rakesh Tiwari 233 Anjana Appachana
78 Hiralal Rajasthani 156 Ravishankar 234 Usha Rajagopalan