‘Not in My Name’: Over 100 armed forces veterans write to Modi, condemn mob violence

New Delhi: Condemning the rising incidents of mob violence in the country, over 100 armed forces veterans have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, supporting ‘Not in My Name’ campaign.
In a letter to Prime Minister, veterans have condemned the targeting of Muslims and Dalit, reported NDTV.
“We stand with the ‘Not in My Name’ campaign that mobilized thousands of citizens across the country to protest against the current climate of fear, intimidation, hate and suspicion,” the letter said.
Stating that they have no affiliation with any single political party, the letter signed by 114 veterans of all three forces said, “Our only common commitment being to the Constitution of India.”
“We condemn the targeting of Muslims and Dalits… We condemn the clampdowns on free speech by attacks on media outlets, civil society groups, universities, journalists and scholars, through a campaign of branding them anti-national,” it added.
Taking a jibe at relentless vigilantism of self-appointed protectors of Hinduism, the letter added, “We can no longer look away… Our diversity is our greatest strength. Dissent is not treason; in fact, it is the essence of democracy.”.
Last week, pandemonium reined in Parliament when the opposition trooped into the Wells of both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha to protest against the Centre’s recent actions with regard to frequent incidents of mob lynching arising out of the ban on cow slaughter.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked all states to take stringent action against those violating the law in the name of cow protection, but cautioned against giving political or communal color to the issue.’

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