IITKanpur Community Register Their Protest Against Growing Intolerance In India
By IITKanpur Community
19 November, 2015
Shri Pranab Mukherjee
President of India
New Delhi - 110 004
Honourable President of the Republic of India,
We, the signatories to this representation, members of the IITKanpur community (past and present) in different capacities, join the nationwide call of artists, scientists and various intellectuals who have been registering their protest against growing intolerance in India.
We wish to bring to your consideration our deep concern that the intolerance which led to the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi is raising its ugly head once again. The murders of Shri Narendra Dabholkar, Shri Govind Pansare, Shri Malleshappa Kalburgi and Shri Mohammad Akhlaq, collectively are clear indicators of the threats to the freedom of expression, the right to propagate ones views, and the liberty to organize one’s personal life as citizens of this great nation of diversity, inclusiveness and tolerance. These calculated acts of violence are in fact collectively, attack on Reason itself, and attack on the secularism of India and as a result of this, have shaken public’s confidence in a secular and tolerant country that our great civilization has been recognized for all over the world.
If the forces that seek to perpetrate such heinous acts are not kept under check, the social fabric of India, we firmly believe, will be irreparably torn apart. We believe that it is the duty of the Government to respond immediately and take adequate measures to ensure that life and liberty of every citizen as guaranteed under the Constitution of our REPUBLIC is respected and maintained.
We therefore urge you, as the constitutional head of our country, to advise the Prime Minister and his Council of Ministers to discharge their duties by unequivocally denouncing this violence against both reason and humanity, and in future, ensure that the victimised communities and citizens feel safe and that perpetrators of heinous acts are promptly brought to justice in a fair and expeditious manner.
Nov. 16, 2015