Add Your Name to Support India’s Protesting Authors & Artists

sahitya-akademi-protestIndia’s writers and artists hold a silent protest march in Delhi, October 2015 (NDTV Photo)

Surrey Muse and Uddari Weblog invite writers, artists, performers, publishers, filmmakers, art organizers, academics and activists of Vancouver Lower Mainland to add their names to the list of local artists who have decided to support the heroic action of our Indian peers in their struggle against the regime-encouraged growing intolerance of Indian society.

Letter of support
‘We, the writers and artists of Vancouver Lower Mainland, fully support the protesting Indian authors, artists, actors and filmmakers who have returned their awards and those who have resigned from their posts to protest the Indian establishment’s inaction over the cold-blooded murders of Dr Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, and in August, of Prof Malleshappa Madivalappa Kalburgi. The protest also marks the general escalation of intolerance in Indian society projected in the recent Dadri incident where an alleged ‘beef-eater’ was lynched by a mob.

‘We urge the Government of India and its literary agencies to listen to protesting authors and artists and to take required action to create a tolerant society that is able to protect freedom of expression and the human rights of all its citizens.’

If you agree
Please sign your name by sending an email to
with your full name as the message
by Sunday evening November 15th.

The letter, with all our signatures, will be published at Uddari Weblog and Surrey Muse web pages on Monday Nov 16, and it will be sent to Indian authors, Indian Government agencies, some of our local publications, and, be shared on social media.

More information and links
200 UK Authors
Never seen such intolerance
Indian writers and artists hold Protest March
Support India’s protesting writers and artists

46 Signatories on Nov 12, 2015
Jarnail Artist
Chinmoy Banerjee
Krishan Bhanot
Ajay Bhardwaj
Sadhu Binning
Edward Blodgett
Aadil Brar
Nachhattar Brar
Harinder Kaur Dhahan
Iinderjeet Dhami
Barjinder K. Dhillon
Sukhjeet K. Dhillon
Jagdev S. Dhillon
kc dyer
Janet Fretter
Nirmal K. Gill
Sonja Grgar
Sukhwant Hundal
Sana Janjua
Ranbir Johal
Surjeet Kalsey
Avtar Kaur
Sushil Kaur
Ranbir Khana
Rupinder Rupi Khera
Amarjit K. Manget
Amrit K. Mann
Jasbir K. Mann
Darshan S. Mann
Haider Nizamani
Nadeem Parmar
Randeep Purewall
Fauzia Rafique
Jeewan S. Rampuri
Ajmer Rode
Surinder K. Sahota
Jagjit Sandhu
Joginder S. Shamsher
Jarnail Sekha
Neena Singh
Bonnie Quan Symons
Gurcharan Talewalia
Rita Wong
Julian Worker
Mariam Zohra

Signatories include individual members of New West Writers, Punjabi Lekhak Manch, Purple Poppy Press, South Asia Film Education Society, Surrey International Writers Conference, Surrey Muse, Uddari Weblog, and more.
(Please feel free to tell us if you like your organization name to be mentioned here or not)

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About Surrey Muse

An interdisciplinary Arts and Literature group that meets Fourth Friday of each month except December. Presents a Guest Author, a Featured Poet, and a Featured Artist/Performer. Discussions. Open Mic. Book Table. Book Signings. Free event. Donations welcome.

4 thoughts on “Add Your Name to Support India’s Protesting Authors & Artists

  1. Uddari says:

    Reblogged this on Uddari Weblog and commented:

    Inviting Vancouver Lower Mainland Writers and Artists


  2. Returning of awards by so called intellectuals reminds us of Chanakya’s saying

    “if there is unrest among intellectuals and criminals…then u r assured that the king is doing right things”


  3. Neel Kamal says:

    salute to torch bearers


  4. […] posts Add Your Name to Support India’s Protesting Authors & Artists Support India’s protesting […]


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