31 October 2015

Indian intellectuals alarmed by rising intolerance attacks

In this Oct. 14, 2015 file photo, Indian playwright and theater artiste Maya Krishna Rao, who returned the award she received from India's prestigious literary academy, rests at her residence in New Delhi, India. The chorus of Indian intellectuals protesting religious bigotry and communal violence grows louder by the week with a single message for Prime Minister Narendra Modi: assure the multicultural nation that the government stands for secularism and diversity.
First writers then artists, followed by filmmakers, historians and scientists. The chorus of Indian intellectuals protesting religious bigotry and communal violence grows louder by the week with a single message for Prime Minister Narendra Modi: protect India's tradition of secularism and diversity.
Those protesting are angry and worried by a spate of deadly attacks against atheist thinkers and minorities, and by Modi's relative silence through it all. That silence appears to have encouraged some of his party colleagues to make comments asserting Hindu pride and superiority.