Next to join the league of protest are the Historians after the writers, filmakers and scientists. More than 100 scientists denounced their titles in the wake of intolerance in the country. To add to the number of protesters, 53 leading historians including Irfan Habib, Mridula Mukherjee, Romilla Thappar strongly voiced their disapproval on Modi’s silence. Historians join the league of protesters: Jaitley calls it “rabid anti- BJP elements”
Recent sensational violence referring to the murder of rationalists Govind Pansare, Prof MM Kalburgi and Narendra Dabholkar and the Dadri lynching of a Muslim blacksmith in UP aggravated the issue leading distinguished people to give up their titles.
“When writer after writer is returning their award of recognition in protest, no comment is made about the conditions that caused the protest; instead ministers call it a paper revolution and advise writers to stop writing. This is as good as saying intellectuals will be silenced of they protest,” said the joint statement.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reverted back on the issue by calling the protesters “anti-BJP elements” and dismissed their argument.
The joint statement by the esteemed protesters has asked the government, to not let “religious dictatorship” creep into politics. Accused RSS, and other Hindu radical organizations have carved their own “dangerous design” which will rewrite history to suit their ideology creating havoc for the countrymen asserted the protesters.
The highly vitiated atmosphere of the country is making eminent people join the chorus against intolerance that has reached new heights. Prime Minister Modi has so far been silent on the issue. The general feeling of concern has further led to the ever increasing protests.