India’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.
46 Signatories on Nov 12, 2015
Harinder Kaur Dhahan
Barjinder K. Dhillon
Sukhjeet K. Dhillon
Jagdev S. Dhillon
Nirmal K. Gill
Rupinder Rupi Khera
Amarjit K. Manget
Amrit K. Mann
Jasbir K. Mann
Darshan S. Mann
Jeewan S. Rampuri
Surinder K. Sahota
Joginder S. Shamsher
Bonnie Quan Symons
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)