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'Your Silence on Hate-Filled Voices Threatens Unity of Nation': IIM Students, Faculty to PM

In a letter, 183 students, staff and faculty members from IIMs in Ahmedabad and Bangalore urged PM Modi to break his silence on the many "hate-filled" calls for violence echoing across India today.

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New Delhi: A group of students and teachers from two Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) have written to the Prime Minister, observing that his silence on the rising intolerance in the country emboldens the “hate-filled voices”.

The letter sent to the Prime Minister’s office had 183 signatories, including 16 faculty members, from the IIMs in Ahmedabad (IIM-A) and Bangalore (IIM-B). A copy was also sent to The Wire.

“Your silence on the rising intolerance in our country, Honourable Prime Minister, is disheartening to all of us who value the multicultural fabric of our country. Your silence, Honourable Prime Minister, emboldens the hate-filled voices and threatens the unity and integrity of our country,” the letter says.

Urging the prime minister to steer the country away from “forces that seek to divide us”, the letter noted that the Indian constitution gives every citizen the right to practice any religion without fear and shame.

“There is a sense of fear in our country now – places of worship, including churches in recent days, are being vandalised, and there have been calls to take arms against our Muslim brothers and sisters. All of this is carried out with impunity and without any fear of due process,” the letter said.

The letter sought the PM’s “leadership to turn our minds and hearts, as a nation, away from inciting hatred against our people”.

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“We believe that a society can focus on creativity, innovation and growth, or society can create divisions within itself. We want to build an India that stands as an exemplar of inclusiveness and diversity in the world. We, the undersigned faculty, staff and students of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, hope and pray that you will lead the country in making the right choices,” it added.

According to the Indian Express, the letter was drafted by five faculty members of IIM-B: assistant professor, strategy, Prateek Raj; associate professor, public policy, Deepak Malghan; associate professor, entrepreneurship, Dalhia Mani; associate professor, decision sciences, Rajluxmi V. Murthy and associate professor, public policy, Hema Swaminathan.

Other faculty signatories from IIM-B include Rahul Dé, dean of programmes and chairperson of the Office of International Affairs and Manaswini Bhalla, chairperson of the economics and social sciences section.

From IIM-A, JSW chair professor of innovation and public policy and dean of alumni and external relations, Rakesh Basant was one of the three faculty members who signed the letter.

Speaking to the Express, Raj said that a group of students and faculty took the initiative as “silence was not an option any more.”

For far too long, the mainstream discourse has dismissed the voices of hate as the fringe. That’s how we are here,” he said.

He stated that the objective of the signatories was to underline the fact that “if voices of hate are loud, voices of reason should be louder”.

The report also stated that while for Raj, it was Bangalore MP Tejasvi Surya’s speech calling for a “quota” for Hindus to convert Muslims and Christians, there was a similar trigger for other signatories, such as the recent attacks on Christian congregations and the genocidal calls by the Haridwar Dharam Sansad.

The full text of letter is appended below:

4th January 2022

Dear Honourable Prime Minister:

We, the undersigned, request you and our elected members to preserve the culture of tolerance and diversity that defines our great nation. Hate speeches and calls for violence against communities based on religion/caste identities is unacceptable. Our Constitution gives us the right to practice our religion with dignity – without fear, without shame. There is a sense of fear in our country now – places of worship, including churches in recent days, are being vandalised, and there have been calls to take arms against our Muslim brothers and sisters. All of this is carried out with impunity and without any fear of due process.

We expect our leaders to safeguard our Constitutional rights. We expect our leaders to ensure safety and security for every Indian citizen. We expect our leaders to motivate us to be human and look beyond differences based on caste, religion, language, and other identities. Your silence on the rising intolerance in our country, Honourable Prime Minister, is disheartening to all of us who value the multicultural fabric of our country. Your silence, Honourable Prime Minister, emboldens the hate-filled voices and threatens the unity and integrity of our country.

We request you, Honourable Prime Minister, to stand firm against forces that seek to divide us. We ask your leadership to turn our minds and hearts, as a nation, away from inciting hatred against our people. We believe that a society can focus on creativity, innovation, and growth, or society can create divisions within itself. We want to build an India that stands as an exemplar of inclusiveness and diversity in the world.

We, the undersigned faculty, staff, and students of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) and Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA), hope and pray that you will lead the country in making the right choices.

Yours sincerely,

(All signatures below are in a personal capacity and alphabetical order)

1

A Ramyatanuja

2

Abhinav D R P

3

Abhinav Kanoria

4

Abhishek Jaisingh

5

Abhishek Kujur

6

Abhishek Shaw

7

Abid Ahmed Khan

8

Abu Rehan Abbasi

9

Abu Shahir M S

10

Adarsh Chamaria

11

Adithya Anand

12

Aditya Prakash

13

Ajinkya Patil

14

Akash Kamble

15

Akshay Pratap Horo

16

Alpesh Sosa

17

Anasha KP

18

Anisha Jain

19

Anjali S

20

Ankur Sarin

21

Anmol Kankariya

22

anoop chhabra

23

Anshul Kapoor

24

Anshuman Paranjape

25

Anupama Kondayya

26

Anuraag Shetty

27

Apurva Hyanki

28

Arjit Kumar Prince

29

Arjun K

30

Arnab Biswas

31

Arpit S

32

Arun Mathew

33

Asfia Aejaz

34

Ashish Sen

35

Ashok P

36

Asif Shaikh

37

Ayush Mishra

38

Balakrishna B

39

Barnali Priyadarshini

40

Bharghvi Prajapati

41

Bhavana Gaddam

42

BIBEK BHATTACHARYA

43

Chadive Roopesh Reddy

44

Chitra Andrade

45

Dalhia Mani

46

Debopriyo Ray

47

Deepak Malghan

48

Deepika Sharan

49

Deepti Sharma

50

Dinanta Ballabh

51

Dipali Sharma

52

Durvesh Chauganjkar

53

Gourav Nayak

54

Hariharasudhan Ayyappan

55

Harshal Dongre

56

Harshitha R

57

Hema Swaminathan

58

Hemanshu Dhangar

59

Himanshu Shekhar

60

Ishika Somani

61

Ishwar Murthy

62

Jeevan Nagaraj

63

Jithin Krishnan

64

Jugal Choudhary

65

Jyotesh Singh

66

Kanchan Mukherjee

67

Kapil Gupta

68

Kaushal Kumar

69

Ketki Kundawar

70

Khalil Ahmad

71

Kranthi Chaitanya

72

Krishna Wadhwa

73

Kritika M

74

Kumari Suman

75

Lakshmi C Rajeev

76

Madhur Butke

77

Madhusudhan K

78

Mamata Anurag Salakapurapu

79

Manasa Viswanatha

80

Manaswini Bhalla

81

Manisha Raman

82

Mansi Parmar

83

Mansi Srivastava

84

Mansur Khan

85

Md Shahrukh Anjum

86

Medha Gorantla

87

Mir Autif Mohammad

88

Mira Bakhru

89

Mohammad Farhan Maktabay

90

Mohammad Salman

91

Mohit Sharma

92

Mopidevi Jyothi Swaroop

93

Mrutyunjaya Sahoo

94

Mudit Vaish

95

Mugilarasan K

96

Muneer Kalliyil

97

Murari Srinivasa

98

Naman Sharma

99

Navdeep Mathur

100

Naveen Meena

101

Nazhar Hussain

102

Neha Gautam

103

Nelphy Rose Siby

104

Nibir Das

105

Nikhil Satish

106

Nishant Mallick

107

Nithin Kumar Peratla

108

Omer farooq

109

P C Narayan

110

Pradeep MS

111

Pradeep V

112

Pragati

113

Pranav Bhageria

114

Prateek Raj

115

Praveenkumar K

116

Rafhat Quazi

117

Rahul De

118

Rahul Kumar

119

Rahul Rao

120

Rahul Reddy Bikka

121

Rajalaxmi Kamath

122

Rajesh

123

Rajluxmi V Murthy

124

RAKESH BASANT

125

Ravi Shankar Pandey

126

Renjini Krishnan

127

Reshma MN

128

Ritika Goel

129

Ritwik Banerjee

130

Rohit Aman

131

Roshni P

132

Rudrabhatla Bharath Kumar

133

S Parthasarathy

134

S. Athar

135

Sagarika Barman

136

Sahil Arora

137

Sahil Parmar

138

Sai Dattathrani

139

Sai Sowmya Aasi

140

Sai Yayavaram

141

Sakshi Yadav

142

Samarjit Dey

143

Sandeep Pandey

144

Sarang Bhat

145

Sarthak Jain

146

Sasidhar S

147

Satish Kumar Korada

148

Selvamuthu Thirukumaran M

149

Shihas Abdul Razak

150

Shiril Saju

151

Shivangi Rajora

152

Shreyas Krishna Seethapathy

153

Shubham Kumar

154

Sk Aminoor Rahman

155

Somnath Shukla

156

Srevatsan S

157

Sridharan S

158

Srikrishna Manikanta Pani JVM

159

Srinath Vigneshwar

160

Srinivasan Murali

161

Subhankar Saha

162

Sugandha BK

163

Sunil Kulkarni

164

Sunita Chawan

165

Supriya Kakade

166

Swati Bajpai

167

Tanieem

168

Tenzing Choppel Gensapa

169

Toshan Kharumnuid

170

Tushar Meshram

171

Utkarsh Sahu

172

Vaibhav Garg

173

Varun Gupta

174

Venkatalakshmi R

175

Vignesh R

176

Vijay Raj

177

Vinod Ganesh

178

Viriezo Vizo

179

Vishal Laxman Bengeri

180

Vivek

181

Vivek Kandimalla

182

Vivek Kumar

183

Zainab Feroz