'Atmosphere of fear in the country...', IIM students write open letter to PM Modi

New Delhi: 183 students and faculty members of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Bengaluru and Ahmedabad have written a letter to PM Narendra Modi expressing concern over "hate speech" and incidents of violence in a religion and caste-based country. The privately written letter on Thursday urged PM Modi to stand firm against the forces trying to divide the nation.

Out of these 183 signatories, 178 IIM are from Bengaluru, while five are from IIM-Ahmedabad (IIMA). According to one of the signatories, faculty members and students of the IIMB had decided to write the letter after the Haridwar "Dharma Sansad" programme last month. Hate speeches targeting minorities were made from that forum. Urging PM Modi to "preserve the culture of tolerance and diversity" of the nation, the signatories wrote in the letter, "The call for violence against communities on the basis of hate language and religion/ethnic identity is not acceptable at all. '

The letter says, "Our Constitution gives us the right to follow our religion with dignity, that too without fear and without shame." There is now a sense of fear in our country - in recent times, places of worship, including churches, have been ransacked, and arms have been called upon against our Muslim brothers and sisters. All this is done with freedom from fear of punishment without any due process. '

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