'INDIA HAS LET DOWN KASHMIR'
Top Indian writers launch scathing attack on Modi govt on Art 370 move, exhort people to resist
- PT Bureau
Top Indian writers launch scathing attack on Modi govt on Art 370 move, exhort people to resist



In a boldly worded joint statement that amounts to scathing criticism of the Narendra Modi government's handling of the Kashmir issue, more than 200 top writers and cultural activists of India said the BJP regime has made "a mockery of democracy," "violated (its) solemn promises" and "clandestinely and coercively" abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution, and also exhorted the citizens to resist what it called the "authoritarian challenge."

"By revoking the special status of Jammu & Kashmir and splitting it up into two union territories, the central government has made a mockery of democracy. It has violated the solemn promises made to the state of Jammu & Kashmir by the Union of India during the accession of the state in 1947," said the statement signed by Magsaysay winners Bezwada Wilson and P Sainath; Padma Bhushan Indian classical dancer Mallika Sarabhai; Jnanpith & Sahitya Akademi awardee and Padma Shri Amitav Ghosh; and the much celebrated poet Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, who has translated more than 200 works from the ancient Prakrit language and Hindi, Bengali and Gujarati; besides more than 200 other well known authors and activists.

"The abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution and the breakup of the state has been executed unilaterally, clandestinely and coercively. The people — across religious, cultural, ethnic and ideological segments — have not been consulted. Indeed, the unprecedented security and information clampdown in the state since 5th August 2019 is proof of the government’s fear of popular discontent and democratic dissent," the statement said.  

"We, Indians who are writers, artists, media persons and cultural activists, condemn the undemocratic and unconstitutional moves of the government in Jammu & Kashmir. We condemn the government’s division of people and territories from above, subverting the very basis of our constitutional federalism. We condemn the state of siege imposed on the people of a state already suffering for many long years," it added.  

The activists said they "demand that the state of siege in Jammu & Kashmir be lifted, and all basic freedoms — including those of free expression, communication and media freedoms — be restored with immediate effect. We demand the restoration of Article 370, and the restoration of the state of Jammu & Kashmir. We declare our solidarity with the Kashmiri people, and call on all our fellow citizens to resist this authoritarian challenge to the freedom and autonomy of Jammu & Kashmir."
 
Here is a list of the signatories for the Indian Writers Forum:  

1. A Mangai
2. Abhay Maurya
3. Abhinava Bhattacharya
4. Achin Vanaik
5. Ajay Kamalakaran
6. Ajitha GS
7. Akeel Bilgrami
8. Ali Javed
9. Alok Rai
10. Amandeep Sandhu
11. Ami Sanyal
12. Amit Bhaduri
13. Amit Chaudhuri
14. Amitav Ghosh
15. Ammu Joseph
16. Anand Swaroop Verma
17. Anand Teltumbde
18. Ananya Parikh
19. Ananya Vajpeyi
20. Ania Loomba
21. Anitha Thampi
22. Apoorvanand
23. Aritry Das
24. Arundhati Dhuru
25. Arundhati Ghosh
26. Arvind Krishna Mehrotra
27. Asad Zaidi
28. Ashok Vajpeyi
29. Ashokan Charuvil
30. Ashutosh Kumar
31. Atamjit Singh
32. Ayesha Kidwai
33. B R P Bhaskar
34. Badri Raina
35. Bali Singh
36. Bama
37. Bezwada Wilson
38. Bhasha Singh
39. Bina Sarkar Ellias
40. C P Aboobacker
41. C S Chandrika
42. Chaman Lal
43. Chanchal Chauhan
44. Chandrakant Patil
45. Civic Chandran
46. Dalip Kaur Tiwana
47. Damodar Mauzo
48. Danish Husain
49. Debaditya Bhattacharya
50. Dileep Chavan
51. Dilip Borkar
52. Divya Bharathi
53. E V Ramakrishnan
54. Ebbar Rabbi
55. G Arunima
56. G N Devy
57. G P Ramachandran
58. Gauhar Raza
59. Geeta Kapur
60. Geetanjali Shree
61. Githa Hariharan
62. Gopi Krishnan
63. Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar
64. Hariyash Rai
65. Harsh Mander
66. Hirala Rajasthani
67. Huchangi Prasad
68. Indira Jaising
69. Ishrat Syed
70. J Devika
71. J V Pawar
72. Javed Malick
73. Jawari Mal Parakh
74. Jeet Thayil
75. Jenifer Areng Datta
76. Jerry Pinto
77. K G Shankara Pillai
78. K N Panikkar
79. K Neela
80. K P Ramanunni
81. K R Meera
82. K Satchidanandan
83. Kalpana Swaminathan
84. Kanti Mohan
85. Kanupriya Sharma
86. Karthik Venkatesh
87. Karthika Nair
88. Kavery Nambisan
89. Kiran Nagarkar
90. Leena Manimekalai
91. M A Baby
92. Madhu Bhaduri
93. Madhusree Dutta
94. Makarand Sathe
95. Mangad Rathnakaran
96. Mangalesh Dabral
97. Manishi Jani
98. Manoj Kulkarni
99. Maria Couto
100. Martin Macwan
101. Maya Palit
102. Maya Pandit
103. Meena Kandasamy
104. Megha Pansare
105. Moloyashree Hashmi
106. Mridula Koshy
107. Mukul Kesavan
108. Murli Manohar Prasad Singh
109. N P Chandrasekharan
110. N P Chekkutty
111. N P Hafiz Mohamad
112. Naina Dayal
113. Nalin Ranjan Singh
114. Namita Singh
115. Nandini Sundar
116. Nandita Narain
117. Nayantara Sahgal
118. Neelan Premji
119. Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay
120. Neeraj Malik
121. Nikhil Narkar
122. Nilanjana Roy
123. Nirupama Dutt
124. Nityanand Tiwari
125. Nupur Asher
126. Orijit Sen
127. P N Gopikrishnan
128. P Sainath
129. Pamela Philipose
130. Pankaj Bisht
131. Perumal Murugan
132. Prabhat Patnaik
133. Prabodh Parikh
134. Parvathi Ramanathan
135. Rahman Abbas
136. Rahul Roy
137. Rajendra Chenni
138. Rajendra Rajan
139. Rajendra Sharma
140. Rajesh Joshi
141. Rajesh Saklani
142. Rajib Ray
143. Ram Prakash Tripathi
144. Ram Rahman
145. Raosaheb Kasbe
146. Rekha Awasthi
147. Ritu Menon
148. Rosalyn D'mello
149. Rukmini Bhaya Nair
150. S Raghunandana
151. Saba Dewan
152. Sadanand Menon
153. Sahiram
154. Saleem Peeradina
155. Salil Chaturvedi
156. Salim Yusufji
157. Sambhaji Bhagat
158. Samik Bandyopadhyay
159. Sandeep Pandey
160. Sanjay Bohidar
161. Sanjay Joshi
162. Sanjay Rajoura
163. Sanjeev Kaushal
164. Sanjeev Kumar
165. Sara Joseph
166. Sara Rai
167. Sethumadhavan
168. Shabnam Hashmi
169. Sharankumar Limbale
170. Shashi Deshpande
171. Shastri Ramachandran
172. Shaswati Mazumdar
173. Sheba Chhachhi
174. Shoma A Chatterji
175. Shyam B Menon
176. Shyama Dasgupta
177. Simar Puneet
178. Skye Arundhati Thomas
179. Sohail Hashmi
180. Sonia Jabbar
181. Srilata K
182. Subhash Gatade
183. Sudhanva Deshpande
184. Sudhir Chandra
185. Tejal Kanitkar
186. TM Krishna
187. Uday Narkar
188. Unni R
189. Vaasanthi Sundaram
190. Valay Singh
191. Venita Coelho
192. Venkitesh Ramakrishnan
193. Vibha Maurya
194. Vijay Prashad
195. Vijaya Venkataraman
196. Vikas Narayan Rai
197. Vineet Tiwari
198. Vishnu Nagar
199. Vishwanath Tripathi
200. Vivan Sundaram
201. Vivek Narayana
202. Zahoor Sidiqui
203. Zoya Hasan
204. Ajai Singh
205. Usa Rai
206. Kiran Singh
207. Shobha Singh
208. Shreemoyee Moitra
209. Sahej Rahal
210. Krishnan Unni P
211. Indu Chandrasekhar
212. Vidya Rao
213. Natasha Ginwala
214. Pallavi Paul
215. Anuradha Kapur
216. Urmilesh
217. Abhishek Majumdar
218. S Vijayaraghavan
219. Senjuti Mukherjee
220. Mallika Sarabhai
221. Leela Jacinto
 
India has let down Kashmir, says Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Kapil Kak, while commenting on the current situation in Jammu & Kashmir.

 Watch this video (Courtesy: https://www.thequint.com)
 
 

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