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New Delhi: More than 200 prominent UK citizens have condemned the “dictatorial and majority agenda” pursued by the BJP-led NDA government in an open letter. It has been signed by eminent figures in the arts, academia, journalism law and politics.

A number of UK MPs from various political parties, including Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell of the Labor Party and Philipa Whitford of the Scottish National Party, are signatories to the letter which accused the Narendra Modi government of fabricating charges against students, human rights activists and civilians. figure of society for peaceful and democratic demonstrations. The signatories lamented that India’s image in the world has never been so tarnished.

The signatories also include important cultural figures such as filmmaker Ken Loach, writer Hari Kunzru, actress Martina Laird and journalist Ash Sarkar, as well as several senior academics and professors.

They observed that the criminalization of dissent has escalated in unprecedented ways in recent months, as the COVID-19 pandemic rages across India. On the flip side, the letter said that despite mounting evidence proving the guilt of ruling party leaders in making inflammatory speeches, nothing was done to contain them, especially during the riots in Delhi in February.

The full declaration, as well as the list of signatories, are reproduced below.

We add our voices to the global outcry against the Modi regimes’ attacks on human rights activists and democratic dissent.

The regime jailed student protesters, feminist activists, human rights activists and prominent figures in civil society. Many arrests were made on the basis of emergency laws without liability, such as the Prevention of Illegal Activities Act (UAPA). In some cases, blatantly absurd accusations of riots have been concocted to frame activists whose protests have always been peaceful and constitutional.

This criminalization of dissent has intensified unprecedentedly in recent months. Arrests have been made under cover of the COVID lockdown, as the pandemic rages across India. The ruthless BJP-led government not only let down its vulnerable population of migrant workers, but also exposed activists to India’s unsanitary prisons, which are breeding grounds for disease. Several imprisoned activists have already caught the virus.

Meanwhile, BJP leaders made inflammatory hate speech calling for vigilante attacks on anyone protesting the regime. There is growing evidence that police forces were complicit in and brutalizing Muslims in horrific riots in Delhi in March. Once again, the real perpetrators of the violence escape responsibility.

The Modi regime is systematically destroying India’s constitutional democracy in pursuit of its dictatorial and majority program. India’s image in the world has never been so tarnished.

We support the courageous activists in India who oppose this vicious regime and call for the immediate release of all political prisoners.

The complete list of signatories is as follows:

Adam Bainbridge, musician
Aditi Gupta, Board Member, Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security UK
Dr Aditya Sarkar, University of Warwick
Dr Adrija Dey, SOAS, University of London
Professor Aisha K. Gill, University of Roehampton
Akshay Sharan, actor
Dr Alessandra Mezzadri, SOAS, University of London
Alex Hancock, music supervisor
Alex Thorpe, theater director
Dr Alexandra Kelbert
Alexandra McCarter, researcher
Dr Alexei Penzin, University of Wolverhampton
Alice Robson, feminist struggle
Ambreen Razia, actor and writer
Amrit Wilson, writer
Professor Anandi Ramamurthy, Sheffield Hallam University
Ananya Wilson-Bhattacharya, writer and editor, Red Pepper
Angela Saini, science journalist
Anjli Mohindra, actor
Dr Anna Sailer
Annapurna Menon, University of Westminster
Dr Annie Goh, Goldsmiths, University of London
Anshula Bain, actress
Apsana Begum MP, Labor
Arwa Mahdawi, journalist
Ash Sarkar, journalist
Dr Ashvin Devasundaram, Queen Mary University of London
Asim Chaudhry, comedian and actor
Dr Asim Qureshi, CAGE
Aysha Rafaele, executive producer, BBC Studios
Professor Barbara Harriss-White, University of Oxford
Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP, Labor
Professor Ben Rogaly, University of Sussex Beth Bhargava, University of Cambridge
Bijan Sheibani, director and writer
Bill Thompson, architect
Brendan OHara MP, SNP
Carla Henry, actress
Caroline Lucas MP, Green Party
Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, Managing Editor, gal-dem
Dr Charu Singh, University of Cambridge
Che Walker, playwright and actor
Chloe Massey, actress
Chris Haughton, author and illustrator
Professor Emeritus Chris Roberts, University of Manchester
Claudia Webbe Member of Parliament, Labor
Professor Emeritus Cosimo Zene, SOAS, University of London Danny Boyle
Darrelene Dias, SOAS, University of London
Professor Emeritus David Hardiman, University of Warwick
Deepta Chopra, Institute for Development Studies
Dhruva Balram, journalist
Diana Mavroleon, artist
Diane Abbott MP, Labor
Eilis OKeefe, President, Forum of young members of Bectu
Eleni Loukopoulou, LARAF
It’s Okoronkwo, actor
Farhana Sheikh, writer
Dr Feyzi Ismail, SOAS, University of London
Francesca Farruggia, architect
Furqan Faridi, University of Sussex
Gabriela Ramos Sarmet, MSc, SOAS, University of London
Professor Gargi Bhattacharyya, University of East London
George Monbiot, Guardian columnist, author, environmental activist Gerry Hart, Red Pepper
Dr Giovanna Gioli, Bath Spa University
Giovanni Bienne, actor
Guleraana Mir, playwright
Hamza Medley, artist and musician
Hannah Joss, Theater Director
Hari Kunzru, writer
Harriet Walter, actress
Hilary Westlake, President, Artists for Palestine UK
Dr Hugo Gorringe, University of Edinburgh
Ian Byrne MP, Labor
Ilyas Nagdee, writer
Ishan Khurana, Research Co-Head, Autonomy Data Unit
James Fornara, educator
Dr Janna Graham, Goldsmiths, University of London
Javaad Alipoor, theater designer
Jemma Desai, writer
Jeremy Corbyn, Labor MP
Jo Tyabji, theater designer
Joanna Padfield, artist
John Hendy QC, House of Lords
John McDonnell, Labor MP
Professor Emeritus Jonathan Parry, LSE
Joshua Kelly, LARAF
JS Titus, Brunel University
Kallum Pembro, researcher
Dr Kalpana Wilson, Birkbeck, University of London
Dr Kanchana N Ruwanpura, University of Edinburgh
Kapil Seshasayee, musician
Karen Scott, environmentalist
Karthika Nair, poet and dance producer
Kate Osborne MP, Labor
Dr Ken Ferro, filmmaker
Ken loach
Kezia Rolfe, librarian
Kieran Yates, journalist
Kulsoom Jafri, LARAF
Kumi Naidoo, social justice activist
Steering Committee for Work Against Racism and Fascism (LARAF)
Laetitia Zecchini, CNRS
Dr Laura Schwartz, University of Warwick
Leah Murphy Brettell, Institute for Development Studies
Leila Mimmack, actress
Lennaart Van Oldenborgh, documentary film editor
Dr Leon Sealey-Huggins, University of Warwick
Liz Davies, lawyer
Lowkey, rapper
Lukas Kikuchi, Research Co-Head, Autonomy Data Unit
Professor Lyla Mehta, Institute for Development Studies
Maddy Costa, writer
Madelaine Moore, Theater Director
Maisie Robinson, actress
Maiyoraa Jeyabraba, University of Essex
Marcus Bernard, producer
Dr Maria Chehonadskih, University of Oxford
Mariel Richards, Head of Brand Strategy and Partnerships, gal-dem
Marilyn Hacker, poet, translator, editor
Dr Marina Vishmidt, Goldsmiths, University of London
Professor Emeritus Marion Roberts, University of Westminster
Professor Marsha Rosengarten, Goldsmiths, University of London Dr Martin Schauss, University of Warwick
Martina Laird, actress
Matthew Sellwood, lawyer
Maxine Peake, actress
Maya Bhardwaj, community organizer and researcher
Professor Meena Dhanda, University of Wolverhampton
Mick Whitley, Labor MP
Milli Bhatia, theater director
Miranda Pennell, artist filmmaker
Professor Molly Scott Cato, University of Roehampton
Mukul Patel, musician
Professor Myria Georgiou, LSE
Nadia Whittome MP, Labor
Dr Naomi Foyle, University of Chichester
Nathalie Perl, researcher
Professor Navtej Purewal, SOAS, University of London
Nigarish Khan, actor
Nikesh Patel, actor
Dr Nikesh Shukla FRSL
Nisha Parti, film and television producer
Dr Nisha Ramayya, Queen Mary University of London
Oliver Cox, artist
Omar Malik, actor
Osman Baig, journalist
Paul Gilroy, writer
Pauline Bryan, House of Lords
Penny Babakhani, producer
Philippa Whitford MP, SNP
Dr Poppy Eaglestone
Praveen Kolluguri, International Network of Democratic Indians Abroad
Dr Preti Taneja, writer, lecturer, University of Newcastle
Professor Emeritus Pritam Singh, Oxford Brookes University
Rabiah Hussain, writer
Dr Rachel Moore, Goldsmiths, University of London
Ragevan Vasan, actor
Dr Rahoul Masrani, LSE
Rakhee Thakrar, actor
Randall Morley, environmentalist
Rayah Feldman, Maternity Action
Reece McMahon, producer
Rhian E Jones, writer
Richard Burgon, Labor MP
Ruchira Sharma, journalist
Ruth Lass, actress
Dr Ruth Lewis, University of Northumbria
Sadiq Bhanbhro, Sheffield Hallam University
Safiyya Ingar, actor
Dr Sam Geall, University of Sussex
Sam Green, Co-Secretary, LARAF
Sam Swann, actor, equity advisor
Sana Noor Haq, journalist
Professor Sandeep Parmar, University of Liverpool
Sandy Broadhurst, human rights activist
Sarathy Korwar, musician
Sarbjit Johal, artist
Senayt Tassew, SOAS, University of London
Professor Shakuntala Banaji, LSE
Shami Chakrabarti, House of Lords
Shanice Dover, Social Media Writer, Gal-Dem
Shareefa Energy, poet
Sheila Rowbotham, historian
Dr Shela Sheikh, Goldsmiths, University of London
Shreeta Lakhani, SOAS, University of London
Simon Pirani, writer and researcher
Sinead MacInnes, actor
Dr Sita Balani, Kings College London
Dr Sita Thomas, theater director
Sonali Bhattacharya, playwright
Professor Sonia Livingstone, LSE
Professor Stella Sandford, University of Kingston
Professor Sundari Anitha, University of Lincoln
Sweety Kapoor, curator, creative producer
Tahir Ali MP, Labor
Tanika Gupta, playwright
Tanvi Surana, student
Tanya Singh, writer
Dr Tanzil Chowdhury, Queen Mary University of London
Tara Joshi, journalist
Tara, SOAS, University of London
Tobi Kyeremateng, producer
Tom Coxon, designer
Professor Tony Dowmunt, Goldsmiths, University of London
Tridib Bhattachrya, SOAS, University of London
Professor Vicki Bell, Goldsmiths, University of London
Vinay Patel, playwright
Visvak P., SOAS, University of London
Will Stronge, Director of Research and Policy, Autonomy
Zainab Hasan, actor
Zarah Sultana MP, Labor
Zia Ahmed, writer



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