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Statement of Artists

The artist community of India stands in firm solidarity with the actions of our writers who have relinquished awards and positions, and spoken up in protest against the alarming rise of intolerance in the country. We condemn and mourn the murders of M M Kalaburgi, Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare, rationalists and freethinkers whose voices have been silenced by right-wing dogmatists but whose “presence” must ignite our resistance to the conditions of hate being generated around us.

We will never forget the battle we fought for our pre-eminent artist M F Husain who was hounded out of the country and died in exile. We remember the right-wing invasion and dismantling of freedoms in one of the country’s best known art schools in Baroda. We witness the present government’s appointment of grossly unqualified persons to the Film and Television Institute of India Society and its disregard of the strike by the students. We see a writer like Perumal Murugan being intimidated into declaring his death as a writer, a matter of dire shame in any society.

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