Vote against those who lynch or assault people: 150 scientists appeal to citizens

A collective of 154 scientists has appealed to voters to “reject those who lynch or assault people” and vote against “ inequality, intimidation, discrimination, and unreason.”

The academics include those from Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Delhi University (DU), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) and Ambedkar University, among others.

Here the complete appeal:

The upcoming election is a crucial one. It asks for a re-affirmation of the most fundamental guarantees our Constitution gives us: equal rights to faith or lack thereof; culture; language; association; personal liberty and freedom of expression. These rights, even as they accrue to each of us individually, can only exist if they accrue to all Indian citizens — without partiality or discrimination.

To defend these rights, we must reject those who lynch or assault people, those who discriminate against people because of religion, caste, gender, language or region. Again, we must reject those who encourage such practices. We cannot endorse a politics that divides us, creates fears, and marginalises a large fraction of our society — women, dalits, adivasis, religious minorities, the persons with disabilities or the poor. Diversity is our democracy’s greatest strength; discrimination and non-inclusivity strike at its very foundation.

An atmosphere in which scientists, activists and rationalists are hounded, harassed, intimidated, censored, jailed, or worse, murdered, is not the future our country deserves. It is not the future we want to give our youth. We want them to awaken to a country that sees science as a means of democratic empowerment through sceptical, open-minded questioning, rather than just a commercial enterprise. We must put an end to the denigration of rational, evidence-based public discourse; only then can we create better resources and opportunities for jobs, education and research.

We appeal to all citizens to vote wisely, weighing arguments and evidence critically. We appeal to all citizens to remember our constitutional commitment to scientific temper. We appeal to you to vote against inequality, intimidation, discrimination, and unreason. These are inimical to the values of our Constitution, whose promise is best reflected in Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s famous words:

“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high

Where knowledge is free

Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls

Where words come out from the depth of truth

Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection

Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way

Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit

Where the mind is led forward by thee

Into ever-widening thought and action

Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.”

1A. Mani53Geetha Venkataraman105Ramesh Awasthi
2Aaloka Kanhere54Gyan Prakash106Ramkumar Sambasivan
3Abha Dev Habib55Harita Raval107Ramya T. N. C.
4Abhijit Majumder56Harjinder (Laltu) Singh108Riddhi Shah
5Adish Dani57Imrana Qadeer109Rohini Karandikar
6Ajit M. Srivastava58J. G. Krishnayya110Rohini Muthuswami
7Akash Gautam59Jagat K Roy111Rupali Gangopadhyay
8Amala Bhave60Jayashree Ramadas112Sabyasachi Chatterjee
9Amit Apte61Jayashree Sen Gupta113Saman Habib
10Amit Bhaya62Joby Joseph114Samriddhi Sankar Ray
11Amit Misra63Jyotishman Bhowmick115Samudrala Gourinath
12Amitabh Joshi64Jyotsna Dhawan116Saroj Ghaskadbi
13Amitabha Bandyopadhyay65Kapil Paranjape117Satyajit Mayor
14Amites Dasgupta66Karthikeyan Vasudevan118Satyajit Rath
15Aniket Sule67Kartik Shanker119Shailaja Sopory
16Anindita Bhadra68Kumarjit Saha120Shanta Laishram
17Anirban Mukherjee69L. S. Shashidhara121Shivprasad Patil
18Ankan Paul70Madan Rao122Shobha Madan
19Anna George71Madhavi Reddy123Shraddha Kumbhojkar
20Anup Padmanabhan72Madhulika Srivastava124Shubhi Parolia
21Argha Banerjee73Manisha Gupte125Sitabhra Sinha
22Arjun Guha74Mayank Vahia126Smita Krishnan
23Arnab Bhattacharya75Mayurika Lahiri127Sorab Dalal
24Asha Gopinathan76Medha S. Rajadhyaksha128Spenta Wadia
25Atindra N. Pal77Mercy J Raman129Srikanth Sastry
26Aurnab Ghose78Mihir Arjunwadkar130Sriram Ramaswamy
27Avinash Dhar79Mohan Rao131Subhadip Ghosh
28Ayalvadi Ganesh80Mrinal K Ghosh132Subhadip Mitra
29Ayan Banerjee81Mugdha Karnik133Subhash C. Lakhotia
30Bidisa Das82Mundur V. N. Murthy134Suchitra Gopinath
31Chayanika Shah83Nandita Narain135Sudeshna Sinha
32Chetana Sachidanandan84Naresh Dadhich136Sudipto Muhuri
33Chinmayee Mishra85Nisha Biswas137Sugata Ray
34Chinmoy Chatterjee86Niti Kumar138Sugra Chunawala
35Debabrata Ghosh87Nixon Abraham139Sumeet Agarwal
36Debashis Ghoshal88Pallavi Vibhuti140Sumilan Banerjee
37Debashis Mukherjee89Partho Sarothi Ray141Surendra Ghaskadbi
38Debashish Goswami90Prabhakar Rajagopal142Swapan Chakrabarti
39Deepak Barua91Prabir Purkayastha143Tapan Ghosh
40Deepika Choubey92Pradip Dasgupta144Tapan Saha
41Devaki Kelkar93Pradipta Bandyopadhyay145Tejal Kanitkar
42Dibyendu Nandi94Prajval Shastri146Tushar Vaidya
43Dinesh Abrol95Prakash Burte147V. S. Sunder
44Dinu Chandran96Pranay Goel148Vidita Vaidya
45Dipshikha Chakravortty97Prasad Subramanian149Vijay Chandru
46Dipti Jadhav98R. Ramanujam150Vineeta Bal
47Divya Oberoi99Raghav Rajan151Vivek Borkar
48Gagandeep Kang100Raghunath Chelakkot152Vivek Monteiro
49Gaiti Hasan101Rahul Roy
50Gauhar Raza102Rahul Siddharthan
51Gautam Menon103Rajiva Raman
52Geeta Mahashabde104Rama Govindarajan

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