The faculty members and students of the Indian Institute of Management have requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak up against hate speech and caste-based violence in India.

The Prime Minister’s silence emboldens the hate-filled voices of the nation, they wrote in an open letter to Narendra Modi. The signatories also said that though the Indian Constitution provided the right to practice one’s religion in dignity, there was a sense of fear in the country among the minorities, the letter added.

“Your silence, Honourable Prime Minister, emboldens the hate-filled voices and threatens the unity and integrity of our country. We request you, Honourable Prime Minister, to stand firm against forces that seek to divide us,” the students and the faculty said in their letter.

The letter came after the recent Haridwar Dharam Sansad event, where Hindu leaders urged people to take up arms against Muslims and called for mass genocide.

“Hate speeches and calls for violence against communities based on religion/caste identities is unacceptable,” said the letter.

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