After filmmakers, over 600 theatre artists release statement to vote against BJP and their allies
Theatre artists and filmmakers of India appeal people to vote against BJP.
Over 600 theatre artists from across the country released a joint statement on April 4 asking citizens to not vote for the BJP. The joint statement has been released in 12 languages (English, Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada, Assamese, Telugu, Panjabi, Konkani and Urdu) and the names of the signatories are also listed on the site (artistuniteindia.com). The list includes popular names like Rana Pathak Shah, Naseeruddin Shah, Anurag Kashyap, Konkona Sen Sharma, Vinay Pathak, and Manav Kaul.
In their statement, the theatre artists call on citizens to vote for love, compassion, equality and social justice and call for an end to the hatred that “has seeped into our daily fabric.”
They said, “Today, song, dance, laughter is under threat. Today, our beloved Constitution is under threat. The institutions that have to nurture argument, debate and dissent have been suffocated. To question, to call out lies, to speak the truth, is branded ‘anti-national’. The seeds of hatred have entered our food, prayers and festivals.”
Talking about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, they said, “The man who was portrayed as the saviour of the nation five years ago has destroyed the livelihoods of millions through his policies. He promised to bring back black money; instead, rogues have looted the country and run away. The wealth of the rich has grown astronomically, while the poor have become even poorer.”
The statement comes days after a letter signed by 103 filmmakers on the website artistuniteindia.com in which they called on people to not vote for the BJP.
A few days ago, Arundhati Roy, Anand Teltumbde, Nayantara Sahgal, and Romila Thapar were among 210 writers who released a statement asking people to vote against “hate politics”.
On April 3, a statement was released by 154 scientists, researchers, and academics urging people to “reject those who lynch or assault people, those who discriminate against people because of religion, caste, gender, language or region”.
The 600 theatre artists have appealed to all to vote for love and compassion, for equality and social justice, and to defeat the forces of darkness and barbarism.