5 November 2015

Bollywood figures, writer Roy join protest over intolerance

In this July 7, 2010 file photo, Booker Prize-winning novelist Arundhati Roy speaks during a meeting protesting the killing of freelance journalist Hem Chand Pandey in a police encounter, in New Delhi, India. Roy has joined the growing number of writers, filmmakers, scientists and historians voicing alarm over what they describe as a climate of religious intolerance and violence in India. Roy, most famous for her 1997 novel "The God of Small Things," said in a sharply worded editorial Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, in The Indian Express that millions of minorities "are being forced to live in terror, unsure of when and from where the assault will come."
Booker Prize-winning novelist Arundhati Roy and two dozen Bollywood award winners added their voices to the artists, scientists and historians who say they are alarmed by a climate of religious intolerance and violence in India.

Filmmaker Sanjay Kak, who was among Indian film industry figures returning National Film Awards in Mumbai on Thursday, said that those protesting "have deployed their visibility - and credibility - to articulate the growing anxiety of a vast number of Indians, those who may remain less visible but are no less perturbed at what is going on around them."