New Delhi, July 31: In a wake of recent attacks on Muslims and Dalits, the Indian Armed Forces veterans have written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing their displeasure and condemning the relentless vigilantism of the self-proclaimed protectors of Hinduism.
“We have spent our careers working for the security of our country. Collectively, our group holds no affiliation with any single political party, our only common commitment being to the Constitution of India,” the letter signed by 114 veteran armymen stated.
“We can no longer look away. Our diversity is our greatest strength. Dissent is not treason; in fact, it is the essence of democracy, It added.
Soldiers’s letter comes a month after thousands staged protest across India over mob violence. The campaign ‘Not In My Name’ was stormed after a 16-year-old Muslim boy was lynched to death on a train near Delhi by assailants who called him a ‘beef-eater’.
“We stand with the ‘Not in My Name’ campaign that mobilised thousands of citizens across the country to protest against the current climate of fear, intimidation, hate and suspicion”, letter asserted.