Several prominent figures of Kolkata raised their voice again, slamming the “culture of violence and intolerance” that compelled film-maker Anurag Kashyap quit the microblogging platform Twitter after allegations of threats to his family.
In a letter, signed by 28 prominent persons including film-maker Aparna Sen, actor Parambrata Chattopadhyay, theatre personalities Sohag Sen and Kaushik Sen, called it a “cue to raise a serious voice of concern”.
“Free speech is the cornerstone of democracy, and Mr. Kashyap is one among many today who face the risk of violence for merely expressing an opinion on a public platform,” read the letter from CitizenSpeakIndia.
The celebrities claimed that the “culture of violence” was “tearing apart the democratic fabric of our country by trying to silence all dialogue, debate, and dissent.” Among them, several celebrities also wrote previously to PM Modi over mob violence and called for strong action in such cases.
Mr. Kashyap also signed the letter to the Prime Minister claiming to quit Twitter as he was not being “allowed to speak my mind without fear”.
“When your parents start to get calls and your daughter gets online threats you know that no one wants to talk. There isn’t going to be reason or rationale. Thugs will rule and thuggery will be the new way of life. Congratulations everyone on this new India & hope you all thrive,” one of his last tweets read.