Indian Society of Authors asks Prime Minister of India:
"Drop all malicious charges against Sanal Edamaruku"
Prof. Dinish Mishra, prominent writer, scholar and President Emeritus of the Indian Society of Authors urged the Prime Minister of India in a letter sent on 3 February, to take up necessary steps to ensure the dropping of all malicious charges against Sanal Edamaruku. Full text of the letter is given below.
03 February, 2013
Hon'ble Dr. Manmohan Singh
Esteemed Dr. Singh,
It is a matter of concern for writers, artistes, intellectuals and all the right-thinking people that there is an upsurge of intolerance in the society, as evident from the attack on Freedom of Thought and Expression by the self-appointed guardians of morality and tradition.
In this context, I want to draw your attention to the irrational blasphemy charges pressed by Catholic fanatics in Mumbai, against Mr. Sanal Edamaruku, who is a prominent member of our organization and a widely respected intellectual of our times. He is being falsely accused of outraging religious feelings, and as a result, an arrest warrant has been issued against him in June, 2012. Mr. Sanal Edamaruku is an asset to the society and it is deplorable that a handful of religious fanatics should be allowed to malign and harass him because he refuses to accept the frauds masquerading as miracles, for duping the masses.
You are Prime Minister of the greatest democracy in the world and it is incumbent upon you to defend Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Thought. We urge you to take up necessary steps for ensuring the dropping of all malicious charges against Mr. Sanal Edamaruku, so that he can return home safely and continue to serve the society as well as humanity at large.
I look forward to your prompt and positive action.