61 celebs now write open letter against ‘selective outrage and false narratives’

New Delhi | Just a day after 49 celebrities wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over increasing incidents of mob lynching and hate crimes, 61 prominent personalities have written an open letter over ‘selective outrage and false narratives’.

The 61 prominent personalities including Lyricist Prasoon Joshi, Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar and actress Kangana Ranaut have criticised the letter written to PM Modi stating that the slogan of ‘Jai Sri Ram had become a provocative war cry’.

The letter stated, “To us, the undersigned, this document of selective outrage comes across as an attempt at tarnishing India’s international standing and to negatively portray Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s untiring efforts to effectuate governance on the foundations of positive nationalism and humanism.”

“The signatories to the ‘open letter’ have, in the past, kept silent when tribals and the marginalised have become victims of Naxal terror, they have kept silent when separatists have issued dictates (sic) to burn schools in Kashmir, they have kept silent when the demand for dismembering India, for making pieces of her – Tukde Tukde – were made…” it added.

Speaking on the open letter Prasoon Joshi said,” They (49 people who wrote to PM Modi) seem hell-bent to portray that there is deliberate wrongdoing prevalent- thereby dishonestly creating a false narrative.”

While actress Kangana Ranaut who is also among the 61 prominent personalities said,” Some people are misusing their position to generate a false narrative that under this Govt things are going wrong, whereas for first-time things are going in the right direction”. “We are a part of a major shift, things are changing for the betterment of the nation and few people are rattled by this. Common people have chosen their leaders, ones who disregard people’s will are the ones who have no respect or consideration for democracy,” she added.

Earlier in a letter to Prime Minister 49 personalities including filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and Shyam Benegal wrote that ‘Jai Shri Ram” has become a provocative war cry that leads to law and order problem and many lynchings take place in its name. The letter further adds that there is no democracy without dissent. “People shouldn’t be branded as ‘anti-nationals’ or ‘Urban-Naxals’ and incarcerated because of dissents with the government,” it stated.

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