Responding to an open letter written two days ago to the prime minister by a few activists and filmmakers, another group of people from the film industry infuriated by this letter, have come up with a another letter criticising their concerns.
The first letter, which was addressed to the PM, only described the plight of the victims of mob lynching and of those who dared to dissent against this dispensation. They had urged that those dissenting should not be called ‘urban naxals’.
And yet that letter has infuriated certain ‘other’ celebs who have come up with another letter pointing at certain things, which though untrue, supports the spurious claims of the present BJP dispensation.
And PM Modi as usual has maintained silence, to whom the initial letter was actually addressed.
In this ‘war of letters’ the latest letter written in support of ‘Modi regime’ calls the earlier letter a matter of ‘selective outrage’, praises PM Modi ‘for his untiring efforts to effectuate governance on the foundations of positive nationalism and humanism which is the core of Indianness’.
They again wrongly accuse the intellectuals who wrote the letter to the prime minister of being silent “when tribals and the marginalised have become victims of Naxal terror, they have kept silent when separatists have issued dictates to burn schools in Kashmir”. In erroneous English, they refer to the ‘tukde-tukde’ gang and call students of certain universities ‘terrorists’.
Ignoring facts, as is typical of the right-wing, they even go to the extent of saying that “under the Modi regime we see maximum liberty to differ, to criticise and to abuse the government and the dispensation in power.”Surely, they do not really know what it is to disagree and protest against those in power.
They then go on praising PM Modi’s election slogan ‘Sabka Saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas’. So much so, that the letter starts reading like a pamphlet for election campaign right till the end where they regard the open letter to the PM clearly an attempt to defame the nation. (Well, a harmless letter regarded as anti national! and they still don’t see what the letter condemning mob lynching meant!) and close it with condemning the ‘conspiracy’.
And ironically, the person who has been addressed by the intellectuals two days ago, prime minister Modi has remained silent. And these celebs, who have responded to the earlier letter apparently ‘on PM’s behalf’, have just exposed a wide rift between the intellectuals and film personalities alike thus showing to what extent this divide (apparently seen during mob lynchings) can infest itself in our society. Will PM modi talk about unity now?
You can read the latest letter here: