R-Day letter to CM laments 'deteriorating governance, violence against minorities'

Bengaluru, Jan 26 (IANS): As India celebrated its 73rd Republic Day on Wednesday, a group of academics, former bureaucrats, scientists, social workers, artistes, and writers penned an open letter to the Karnataka government, calling attention to "the deteriorating governance and frequent violence against religious minorities" in the state.

The signatories, numbering 34, include historian Dr Ramachandra Guha, lawyer Flavia Agnes, human rights activist Bezawada Wilson, and artist S.G. Vasudev.

Stating that in recent months, the state has witnessed the brutal killing of youths in several districts, rampant 'hate speeches', public threats and disruptions of worship by religious minorities, 'honour killings', 'moral policing', misogynistic statements by legislators, and incidents of hostile and violent encounters between various religious groups, the signatories blamed the government and legislators for encouraging such developments.

"These trends have been encouraged by the callous and unconstitutional statements made by legislators and the inability of the state machinery to rein-in fringe anti-social groups," the letter stated while warning of the consequences on the state's economy.

Terming recent legislations such as the cow protection and anti-conversion Acts as "pogroms" against the economic and cultural rights of religious minorities, the signatories said such issues will affect Karnataka's reputation as a business destination.

Addressed to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, legislators, and government of Karnataka, the signatories to the open letter, asked them to ensure that the rule of law, the principles of the Constitution, the rights of all citizens, and the basic norms of humaneness prevail.

"On this special day, as we celebrate our national status as a 'Republic' and as a state within this federal republic, we write this with hope that you will initiate a period of social harmony, just legislations, and democratic functioning of the state machinery," the letter said.





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  • Adv. Melvyn D'souza, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 27 2022

    The hired and paid urban Naxalites are just generalizing without quoting any specific instances.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Thu, Jan 27 2022

    BJP has come to power (voted by like minded people) and they are using all the means to supress and destroy the identity of minorities rights of religious and traditional values in the name of discipline and uniform dress code in educational institutions. Minorities choice of food and hatred towards the Moghul/Muslim Emperors who rued India during Centuries old era when India's own Kings were fighting among themselves and still there is no unity. Only hatred and divisive attitude against non-Hindus. We must be proud of our culture.!

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  • Valerian DSouza, Udupi/ Mumbai

    Thu, Jan 27 2022

    Very sad Shri. Bommaiji, under your leadership, fanatics are let loose to rein terror arround like Taliban. There's no rule of the law. If at all there's any, not because of your Govt machinery but for some goodness in people that's also systematically being poisoned. Peace and harmonious environment is poisoned.

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  • Shivappa, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 27 2022

    A govt that is hated by minorities has no right to stay in power! Lets restore the democracy and secular fabric of India.

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  • Joe, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 27 2022

    Just wanted to know where were these people, when Genocide of pandits happened in Kashmir under the nose of Farokh Abdullah, The Sikh Genocide in Delhi by congress leaders, Graham Stains was burnt alive with his two sons by Bajrang Dal, the attack on Christians in Mangalore etc. I do not take these people seriously as they had not stood up for the people tortured and thrown in prison by various governments in the past. they have no right to talk about deteriorating governance or violence against any one.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 27 2022

    @Joe. These people ?? Who ? Those who wrote an open letter ?? To answer your question, they were little kids. Happy ??? Now, why did you ask that question ?? Just because nobody protested in those times, does it mean that people should continue unprotestingly ?? Common man, I don't know how much the happenings you listed affected you, but I pray that you continue to live happily than undergoing any social trauma.

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  • Joe, mangalore

    Thu, Jan 27 2022

    None of them were kids they were very much active licking the boots of their political masters, why go far of why these communist sympathizers did not condemn any political violence done by the communist goons in Kerala and Maoist areas or raise their voice on atrocities against dallits happening all around India.

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  • Mangalorean, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 27 2022

    Remote controlled from Delhi and Nagpur, hardly any choice to act as per conscience. Safeguarding own position and next election is priority over everything else. This is not only here in Karnataka but prevalent pan India.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    "A bad government cannot only be called as a 'bad' government; the real adjective should be this: Enemy! Yes, bad government is a real enemy for the country it governs, an enemy within!” “Bad governments always lie because telling the truth requires honour and courage!” Post indepenndence first time intellectuals are complaining a out misrule by ruling government. Anti minority attitude is openly excercised in the name disciple in educational institutions. True colours of BJP is completely demonstrated in different directions

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  • Vishal, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    The CM is helpless. He has no option but to obey the instructions of the high command if he wants to be in that chair. The moment he goes against what they want him to do, he will be thrown out.

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  • Manohar, Udupi

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    BJP thrive and survive on hate and divisive mentality ..............No own achievements of freedom to boast about......

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  • Alwyn, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    ಕಳ್ಳರ ಗುಲಾಮನಿಗೆ ಕಳ್ಳರ ನಾಯಕ ಹೇಳುವೊದು ವೇದವಾಕ್ಯ . ಬೇರೆ ಯಾರ ಮಾತನ್ನು ಕೇಳಲು ಬೊಮಾಏ ಕಿವಿಗೆ ಆಗೋದಿಲ್ಲ

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  • SRJ, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    hahah ...all this is after the govt brings the anti-conversion law.

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  • Rajesh G, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    There is anti cow slaughter law also. How effective is it? Laws can only punish the guilty.

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    Today in Jan 26, 1950 marks the 73 years of institutialising the Indian constitution. But now after 73 years our Indian constitution has been brutally massacred and killed by this govt. Yet how this govt is celebrating this auspicious day with blood in its hand?????????

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  • Ben D'Souza Prabhu, Mangalore, Bombay Bandra now in Canada

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    I am fully in agreement with our dear Leader, Shri Bommai about the Serious Comments expressed by him about the Voilence against our own Minorities ! This realisation should lead to our awareness of this dangerous problems still persisting in our Communities ! Really sad to see such things are still happening in our advanced cultured State !!!

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  • Agnes, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    What can Bomma do he is just puppet in hands of Gujju communal government.

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