Litterateurs urge Karnataka CM to ‘establish peace’ in state by ‘protecting’ Muslims

Bengaluru, June 25 (KMS): Litterateurs and thinkers have written an open letter to BJP leader and Chief Minister of Karnataka, Basavaraj Bommai, urging him to establish peace in the state by protecting Muslims.

The letter signed by over 70 litterateurs stated that the Chief Minister Bommai should have “assured protection” of Muslims in the state who are being “targeted by communal forces” again and again. “The Chief Minister should have stated that Ramzan festival will be celebrated on lines with the Basavana Jayanthi. Then it would have touched hearts,” the letter said.

The litterateurs maintained that they had tried to meet the Chief Minister and submit the memorandum since over a month, and they were not able to meet him. “Hence, it is decided to release the open letter. We have thought that it is duty to bring the concerns and recommendations to your notice,” the letter said.

“It is demanded that the police should be directed to work as per the objectives of the Constitution. The victims of communal forces should be getting justice, witnesses should be protected and assured of protection,” it added.

The litterateurs maintained that in case of communal violence, arson, and deaths, there should be action on respective DC, district administration, police officers. “Online and social media campaign against minorities should be monitored and controlled. The government should be vocal about condemning it and initiate action,” they urged.

As many as 75 litterateurs and thinkers including film maker Girish Kasaravalli, singer M.D. Pallavi, writers Vaidehi, B. Suresh, H.S. Anupama, Dr Tejaswini Niranjan and Nanjaraj Urs have expressed their concerns in the letter.