“Vote out the division of our people; vote out inequality; vote against violence, intimidation and censorship.”

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200 Writers Appeal to Citizens to Vote out Hate Politics

“Vote out the division of our people; vote out inequality; vote against violence, intimidation and censorship.”

New Delhi: Over 200 Indian writers on Monday issued an appeal to Indians to vote out hate politics in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and vote for a “diverse and equal India”. The signatories include Amitav Ghosh, Arundhati Roy, Girish Karnad, Nayantara Sahgal, Jeet Thayil, Romila Thapar and Vivek Shanbhag.

The writers issued the appeal in English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Urdu, Bangla, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu languages.

“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,” the letter says. “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.”

The signatories said that voting out hate politics is the “critical first step”.

“Vote out the division of our people, vote out inequality, vote against violence, intimidation and censorship,” they said. “This is the only way we can vote for an India that renews the promises made by our Constitution.”

Read the full statement below:

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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.

1 AJ Thomas 71 Gulam Mohammed Sheikh 141 Pradnya Daya Pawar
2 AR Venkatachalapathy 72 HS Shivaprakash 142 Prem Tiwari
3 Abhay Maurya 73 Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar 143 Priya Sarukkai Chabria
4 Adil Jussawalla 74 Hariyash Rai 144 Purushottam Agarwal
5 Ajai Singh 75 Harsh Mander 145 R Unni
6 Akeel Bilgrami 76 Hemant Divate 146 Rahamath Tarikere
7 Ali Javid 77 Hemlata Maheshwar 147 Rahman Abbas
8 Alok Rai 78 Hiralal Rajasthani 148 Rajendra Chenni
9 Amit Chaudhuri 79 Huchangi Prasad 149 Rajendra Rajan
10 Amit Bhaduri 80 Ishrat Syed 150 Rajesh Joshi
11 Amitav Ghosh 81 J Devika 151 Rajiv Ranjan Singh
12 Anand 82 JM Parakh 152 Ramprakash Tripathi
13 Anand Teltumbde 83 Jaidev Taneja 153 Ranjit Hoskote
14 Ananya Vajpeyi 84 Jaishree Misra 154 Raosaheb Kasbe
15 Ania Loomba 85 Jeet Thayil 155 Rakesh Tiwari
16 Anil Joshi 86 Jerry Pinto 156 Ravishankar
17 Anita Nair 87 Joy Mathew 157 Rekha Awasthi
18 Anita Ratnam 88 JV Pawar 158 Ritu Menon
19 Anita Thampi 89 K G Shankara Pillai 159 Robin Ngangom
20 Anjali Purohit 90 K N Panikkar 160 Romila Thapar
21 Anupama HS 91 K Satchidanandan 161 Ruchira Gupta
22 Anuradha Kapur 92 Kalpana Swaminarayan 162 Rukmini Bhaya Nair
23 Anuradha Marwah 93 Kalpana Swaminathan 163 S Joseph
24 Anvar Ali 94 Kavery Nambisan 164 Sachin Ketkar
25 Apoorvanand 95 Keki Daruwalla 165 Saleem Peeradina
26 Arjumand Ara