Armed Forces’ Veterans Condemn Killings Of Muslims & Dalits
New Delhi: More than 100 armed forces’ veterans have written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday condemning the killings of Muslims and Dalits across the country.
In a joint statement, they said: “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.”
The letter was signed by 114 veterans from the Army, Navy and Air Force, who reiterated that the armed forces stand for “unity in diversity.”
It observed that the current situation in the country is against the idea of unity in diversity, thus defying what the armed forces and Constitution of India stand for.
It pointed to the protest across the country in June titled “Not in My Name” to condemn the killings of innocent minority communities in the name of religion and sometimes in the name of cow protection.
The veterans condemned the crackdowns on free speech by way of attacks on media outlets, civil society groups, universities, journalists and scholars through a campaign of branding them anti-national and unleashing violence against them while the State looked away.
“We can no longer look away. We would be doing a disservice to our country if we do not stand up and speak for the liberal and secular values that our Constitution espouses. Our diversity is our greatest strength. Dissent is not treason; in fact, it is the essence of democracy.
We urge the powers that be at the Centre and in the States to take note of our concerns and urgently act to uphold our Constitution, both in letter and in spirit,” they appealed to the Prime Minister in their letter.