"We stand with the 'Not in My Name' campaign that mobilised thousands of citizens across the country to protest against the current climate
“We stand with the ‘Not in My Name’ campaign that mobilised thousands of citizens across the country to protest against the current climate of fear, intimidation, hate and suspicion,” the letter said.
A group of 114 veterans of the Indian Armed Forces have written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, condemning the targeting of Muslims and Dalits in the country and a “clampdown” on freedom of speech.
“We have spent our careers working for the security of our country. Collectively, our group holds no affiliation with any single political party, our only common commitment being to the Constitution of India,” says the letter signed by 114 veterans of the armed forces.
“We can no longer look away… Our diversity is our greatest strength. Dissent is not treason; in fact, it is the essence of democracy.”
The letter was endorsed by many top retired officials of the armed forces, including Admiral L Ramdas, Major General Dipankar Banerjee and Major General MPS Kandal. Other than the prime minister, the letter was also addressed to the lieutenant-governors of Union Territories and several chief ministers.
“The armed forces stand for “unity in diversity”. Differences in religion, language, caste, culture or any other marker of belonging have not mattered to the cohesion of the armed forces, as they continue to do today,” the letter stated, a copy of which was published in The Wire.