Over 140Telugu Literary Persons Endorse Letter to PM by 49 Celebrities, Condemn FIR
Condemn Hitlerite, McCarthyist witch hunt
Withdraw the case against intellectuals unconditionally
With shock and disbelief, we note the unfortunate development of booking a case against 49 intellectuals who asked the Prime Minister to restrain the rise of mob lynching in the country. We would like to remind all freedom loving people that this action smacks of Nazi onslaught in 1930s Germany and McCarthyʹs witch hunt in 1950s US.
The intellectuals, including several worthy daughters and sons of India like ShyamBenegal, Aparna Sen, Mani Ratnam, Ramachandra Guha, Shubha Mudgal, Soumitra Chatterjee and Anurag Kashyap, have only expressed their views against an inhuman practice of mob lynching and requested the Prime Minister to intervene.
Describing the appeal as something that "tarnished the image of the country and undermined the impressive performance of the prime minister" and "supporting secessionist tendencies" is a falsification of the highest order. More so is applying penal sections of sedition, public nuisance, hurting religious feelings and insulting with an intent to provoke breach of peace to the appeal is subversion of law and grave violation of fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution.
We, Telugu writers and socially concerned freedom loving people from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh condemn this action unequivocally and would like repeat the importance of dissenting voices, as the letter said, "no democracy without dissent." We appeal to the government and all those who have authority to immediately withdraw the case and allow freedom of expression.
Bala Sudhakar Mouly
K Shiva reddy
Sunkireddy Narayana swamy
Rachapalem Chandrashekhara Reddy
Sadlapalle Chidambara Reddy
Dr. S Raghu
Dr. Silma Naik
Narasimha Bujuti (OPDR)
Prof. Pillalamarri Ramulu
Dr. Mannava Gangadharaprasad