In India, more than 100 filmmakers, visual and theatre artists issued a joint statement, appealing the people of India not to vote for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for demonstrating Islamophobia and communal polarization in the country.
In a statement, the visual artists have urged voters not the re-elect the Bharatiya Janata Party as it has created a pervasive atmosphere of fear and all-consuming hatred. The filmmakers said the mandate should be used to elect a government that “respects the Constitution of India, protects our freedom of speech and expression, and refrains from all kinds of censorship”.
“In the last few years, we have seen concerted attacks on freedom of expression, the imposition of a theocratic state, unchecked mob-lynchings, state-sanctioned terror against the most vulnerable sections of society, and corporatisation of India’s national assets,” one of the three statements released by the artists read.
The artist argued on the base of points including, hatred against minorities, freedom of speech, crony capitalism, economic policies, institutional autonomy and many others.
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