LONDON: Over 200 prominent citizens from the United Kingdom – artists, journalists, lawyers, politicians and over 50 senior academics – have signed an open letter condemning the ‘dictatorial and majoritarian agenda’ being pursued by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by Modi government, The Wire India reported.
According to an article published with New Delhi, date line in The Wire India, these include British MPs cutting across various political parties, including the Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, the Green Party’s Caroline Lucas, the Scottish National Party’s Brendan O’Hara (spokesperson on International Human Rights), and sitting members of the House of Lords, including Shami Chakrabarti (former director of civil liberties group Liberty). The British signatories have expressed solidarity with “courageous activists in India who are opposing this vicious regime”.
The many prominent cultural figures supporting this letter include Danny Boyle (director of Slumdog Millionaire), filmmaker Ken Loach, actress Maxine Peake, musician Lowkey, novelist Hari Kunzru, cultural producer Tobi Kyeremateng, environmentalist George Monbiot and writer Paul Gilroy, the Wire India said. It further said significantly, a number of British-Indian cultural figures have also signed their names journalists.