Open statement on national security and incitement to violence


Shri Ramnath Kovind President of India
Shri Narendra Modi Prime Minister of India


Dear Mr President, and Mr Prime Minister,

We, the undersigned, are writing to you about recent events in Haridwar, Delhi and elsewhere, openly calling for a genocide of Indian Muslims. In addition, other minorities – Christians, Dalits and Sikhs are also being targeted.

India’s Armed Forces, the Army, Navy & Air Force, together with CAPFs and Police, are responsible for National Security – external and internal, respectively. All of the above have sworn to uphold India’s Constitution and our secular values.

We are seriously perturbed by the content of speeches made during a 3 day religious conclave called a Dharma Sansad, of Hindu Sadhus and other leaders, held at Haridwar between 17-19 December 2021. There were repeated calls for establishing a Hindu Rashtra and, if required, picking up weapons and killing of India’s Muslims in the name of protecting Hinduism.

At about the same time, a large number of persons gathered in Delhi and publicly took an oath resolving to make India a Hindu nation, by fighting and killing if necessary, and more such seditious meetings are being organised in other places. 

Regardless of which persons or parties initiated calls for such genocide, Government of India and the Judiciary, at the highest level, need to take urgent action. We cannot allow such incitement to violence together with public expressions of hate – which not only constitute serious breaches of internal security, but which could also tear apart the social fabric of our nation. One speaker made a call to the army and police to pick up weapons and participate in the cleanliness drive (safai abhiyan). This amounts to asking the army to participate in genocide of our own citizens, and is condemnable and unacceptable.

In view of the current situation on our borders, any breach of peace and harmony within the Nation will embolden inimical external forces. The unity and cohesiveness of our men and women in uniform, including the CAPFs and Police Forces, will be seriously affected by allowing such blatant calls for violence against one or the other community in our diverse and plural society.

We therefore call upon the Government, Parliament and the Supreme Court, to act with urgency to protect the integrity and security of our country. The Constitution provides for the free practice of religion across faiths. We strongly deplore such polarisation in the name of religion. We urge you, Mr President and Mr Prime Minister, to take immediate steps to curb such attempts, and urge you to condemn such incitement to violence in no uncertain terms.

We also take this opportunity to urge leaders of all political parties to condemn these calls for what is tantamount to genocide of Muslims. They must restrain their own cadres and thereby set examples of their commitment to Secularism, Fraternity and Justice for all.

It is in the National Interest that all parties should refrain from using religion in politics and pledge to uphold our Constitution and the wellbeing of our people – thus ensuring both National and Human Security for all.

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Justice N. V. Ramana, Hon’ble Chief Justice of India
Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Chairman of the Rajya Sabha
Shri Om Birla, Speaker of the Lok Sabha
Shri Amit Shah, Minister of Home Affairs
Shri Rajnath Singh, Minister of Defence

Presidents Bhartiya Janta Party, Congress Party, AITC, BSP, Samajwadi Party, CPI(M), CPI, AAP, DMK, AIDMK, Akali Dal, NCP, YSR Congress, Shiv Sena, TRS, TDP and others with representation in Parliament and State Assemblies.

Gen MM Naravane, PVSM, AVSM, SM, ADC, Chief of the Army Staff.
Admiral R. Hari Kumar, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff.
Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC, Chief of the Air Staff.
Shri Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor


  1. Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas, PVSM, AVSM, VrC, VSM (Retd), Former Chief of Naval Staff
  2. Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat (Retd), Former Chief of Naval Staff.
  3. Admiral Arun Prakash, PVSM AVSM,VrC, VSM (Retd), Former Chief of Naval Staff.
  4. Admiral RK Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, (Retd), Former Chief of Naval Staff.
  5. Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi, (Retd), Former Chief of Air Staff.
  6. Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, Former Vice Chief of the Army Staff.
  7. Vice Admiral Madanjit Singh (Retd), Former FOC in C, Western Naval Command.
  8. Vice Admiral Raman Prem Suthan, (Retd), Former Vice Chief of Naval Staff
  9. Vice Admiral D B Kapila, PVSM,AVSM, VSM
  10. Lt Gen RK Nanavatty, (Retd).
  11. Lt Gen KS Rao, PVSM, SC, SM, (Retd).
  12. Air Marshal TRJ Osman (Retd).
  13. Air Marshal Philip Rajkumar (Retd).
  14. Air Marshal Ajit Bhavnani (Retd).
  15. Air Marshal SK Bhan (Retd).
  16. Maj Gen SG Vombatkere, VSM (Retd).
  17. Maj Gen Rajendra Prakash, VSM, (Retd).
  18. Maj Gen TK Kaul, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, (Retd).
  19. Maj Gen MS Kandal, (Retd).
  20. Rear Admiral Alan O’Leary, (Retd).
  21. AVM Kapil Kak (Retd).
  22. Brig VHM Prasad (Retd)
  23. Brig Amardeep Singh
  24. Commodore Lokesh Batra (Retd), Transparency Campaigner.
  25. Commodore Ranjit B Rai, Writer and Researcher.
  26. Capt S Prabhala, VSM (Retd), IN
  27. Col Pavan Nair, VSM (Retd).
  28. Col K Ramachandran, (Retd).
  29. Col Shashi Thomas (Retd)
  30. Col Manmohan Singh (Retd)
  31. Lt Col Johnson M Thomas (Retd).
  32. Commander Suryajit Singh Kandal, IN (Retd).
  33. MG Devasahayam (Ex Maj). IAS.
  34. Maj Priyadarshi Chowdhury, SC (Retd).
  35. Aruna Roy, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS) Village.
  36. Rajmohan Gandhi, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  37. Najeeb Jung, Former Lt Governor, Delhi.
  38. Julio Ribeiro, IPS (Retd)
  39. Lalita Ramdas, Educator and Activist.
  40. Tara Murali, Concerned Citizen.
  41. Bharti Sinha, Founder, Citizen’s Forum India.
  42. Binu George, Citizen’s Forum India.
  43. Asha Hans, Academic.
  44. GN Devy, President Rashtra Seva Dal.
  45. Meena Gupta, IAS.
  46. Binu Mathew, Journalist.
  47. Sundar Burra, IAS (Retd).
  48. Gita Hariharan, Writer.
  49. Deb Mukharji, IFS (Retd).
  50. Madhu Bhaduri, Former Ambassador.
  51. Niloufer Bhagwat, VP Indian Association of Lawyers.
  52. Aruna Rodrigues, Lead petitioner SC PIL, GMO Moratorium.
  53. Navrekha Sharma, IFS (Retd).
  54. Gopal Pillai, CCG.
  55. Sharad Chandra Behar, CCG
  56. F Colaso – IAS retd CCG
  57. Ashok Chowdury – All India Union of Forest Working People
  58. Suresh K Goel, Former DG ICCR and Secretary MEA.
  59. Trilochan Singh, IAS retd CCG
  60. Narendra Singh Sisodia, IAS (retd)
  61. Prabhu Gate, IAS (retd)
  62. PT Krishnan, CCG.
  63. Subodh Lal, CCG.
  64. Anna Dani, CCG.
  65. AK Srivastav, CCG.
  66. KP Fabian, IFS, CCG
  67. Dr Meeran Chadha Borwankar, DGP (Retd), IPS.
  68. Indira Jaisingh, Senior Advocate.
  69. Prakash N Shah, Convenor, Movement for Secular Democracy, Editor, Nrikshak
  70. Dr SS Soodan, President Indian Doctors for Peace and Development.
  71. Dr Arun Mitra, Senior VP Indian Doctors for Peace and Development.
  72. Dr Shakeel Ur Rehman, General Secretary Indian Doctors for Peace and Development.
  73. Anand Grover, Senior Advocate.
  74. Ram Punyani, CSSS, Mumbai.
  75. Teesta Setalvad, Citizens for Justice and Peace.
  76. Jayati Ghosh, New Delhi.
  77. Anand Patwardhan, Filmmaker.
  78. SP Ambrose, IAS (Retd). CCG.
  79. Mazher Hussain, Social Activist, Hyderabad.
  80. Sabina Basha, Retired IT professional.
  81. Sudipta Sengupta, Retired Professor, Jadavpur University.
  82. Sushant Singh, Actor.
  83. T M Krishna, Musician and Author
  84. Nagarjuna G., Retired Professor, HBCSE, TIFR.
  85. Rev J. Bavani Rajan, Research Scholar
  86. Rajni Bakshi, Journalist, Founder Ahimsa Conversations.
  87. Ramesh Chand, Concerned Citizen.
  88. Indeera Chand, Concerned Citizen.
  89. Rebecca Kurian, Concerned Citizen.
  90. Kamal Kant Jaswal IAS, former secy, CCG.
  91. Raju Rajgopal, Hindus for Human Rights.
  92. Ramani Venkatesan, IAS (Retd).
  93. Dr Zafrul-Islam Khan, Former Chairman Delhi Minorities Commission.
  94. Pradeep K Deb, IAS (Retd), Former Secretary to GOI.
  95. Wajahat Habibullah, Former CIC.
  96. Deepak Sanan, CCG.
  97. Hindal Tyabji, IAS (Retd).
  98. Aditi Mehta, IAS, (Retd).
  99. TR Raghunandan, IAS, (Retd).
  100. Masroor Hasan Siddiqui, Advocate, Delhi High Court, SEHAR Foundation
  101. NC Saxena, Former Secretary Planning Commission.
  102. Dr Rukmani B Nair, Professor Emerita, Linguistics and English.
  103. Bina Agarwal, Economist.
  104. Zia Us Salam, Associate Editor, The Hindu.
  105. Nasreen Fazalbhoy, Academic.
  106. TK Banerji, Former Defence Secretary.
  107. Najid Husain, concerned citizen
  108. V.P. Raja (IAS retd)
  109. Nareshwar Dayal, IFS (Retd).
  110. Gourisankar Ghosh, CCG.
  111. Sujatha Singh, IFS, (Retd).
  112. Ravi Nitesh, Social Activist, New Delhi.
  113. Primila Lewis, Writer and Educator.
  114. Gurjit Singh Cheema, IAS (Retd).
  115. Mohd Zubair Saifi, Concerned Citizen
  116. Ziya Salam, Associate Editor, The Hindu
  117. Sukla Sen, Peace Activist.
  118. Vickram Crishna, Researcher
  119. Anita Dighe, Concerned Citizen, NOIDA.
  120. Sami Uddin. Concerned Citizen
  121. Pamela Philipose, Journalist
  122. Achin Vanaik, Author and Academic.
  123. Poile Sengupta, Author.
  124. Abhijit Sengupta, IAS (Retd).
  125. Anuradha Bhasin, Executive Editor, Kashmir Times
  126. Ali Ahmed, Strategic affairs commentator
  127. Prof Ujjwal K Chowdhury, Secretary, Global Media Education Council, Former Pro VC, Adamas University and former Dean of Symbiosis and Amity
  128. universities
  129. Rimmi Vaghela, Research Scholar, Ahmedabad
  130. Amit Kumar, Independent Researcher, Delhi Solidarity Group
  131. Swarna Rajagopalan, Researcher and Peace Educator, Chennai
  132. Subhash Gatade, Writer and Activist, New Socialist Initiative
  133. Geeta Seshu, Co-editor, Free Speech Collective
  134. Sanjay Barbora, Concerned Citizen
  135. C. Rammanohar Reddy, Editor, ‘The India Forum’
  136. Shabnam Hashmi, social activist, founder Anhad
  137. D. N. Rath, Secretary, Movement for Secular Democracy, Ahmedabad
  138. Sachin Godambe, Advocate
  139. Ajaz Ashraf, Freelance Journalist
  140. Asha Achy Joseph, Academic and Film maker
  141. Navaid Hamid, President, All India Muslim Majlis e Mushawarat
  142. Anand K Sahay, Columnist
  143. Atul Gurtu, (Retd) Professor, TIFR, Mumbai
  144. Anand Vardhan, Managing Editor, ThePublic.india
  145. Apar Gupta, Advocate, Executive Director, Internet Freedom Foundation
  146. Radha Gopalan, Environmental Scientist, Educator
  147. Javed Anand, Indian Muslims for Secular Democracy.
  148. Ghazala Wahab, Executive Editor, FORCE magazine & author
  149. Ravi Hemadri, Activist
  150. Namita Bhandare, Journalist and writer
  151. Sheba George, Concerned Citizen
  152. Badri Raina, Teacher, Columnist, Writer
  153. Meenakshi Joshi, Convenor, Gujarat State, All India Mahila Sanskrit Sangathan
  154. Meenakshi Shedde, Journalist
  155. Namita Waikar, Writer
  156. Rituparna Chatterjee, Journalist and gender rights activist
  157. Ritwika Mitra, journalist
  158. Abha Bhaiya, Jagori
  159. Kalpana Kannabiran, Distinguished Professor, Council for Social Development
  160. Radha Kumar, Academic and Author
  161. Jyoti Punwani, Journalist
  162. Aijaz Zaka Syed, journalist and columnist
  163. Zafar Agha, Editor National Herald
  164. B.L. Saraf, Former Principal District & Sessions Judge
  165. Samvartha ‘Sahil’, Freelance writer, Manipal, Karnataka
  166. Sushobha Barve, Social and Peace activist working in J&K
  167. Rohin Verma, Independent journalist and author
  168. Pravin Sawhney, Editor, Force newsmagazine
  169. Meera Sanghamitra, National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM)
  170. Aakar Patel, Chair Amnesty International India
  171. A.C. Michael, Former Member of Delhi Minorities Commission and National Coordinator of United Christian Forum
  172. Ranjona Banerji, Independent Journalist
  173. Kanwaljeet Dhillon, Concerned Citizen
  174. Srishti Jaswal, Independent Journalist
  175. Kavita Krishnan, Concerned Citizen
  176. Minnie Vaid, author and filmmaker
  177. Neeta Kolhatkar, Concerned Citizen
  178. Prof. (Dr.) Mukesh Kumar, Sr. Journalist, TV anchor, Writer, Poet & Translator
  179. Venkatesh Nayak, Transparency Advocator
  180. Mohammed Sardar Bhatti, Researcher, Executive Member, Kaavish-e-Ilm
  181. Himanshoo Atri, Advocate Distt & Session Court, Kathua
  182. Jaspreet Singh, Researcher
  183. Kajal Dalpatia, Professional Social Worker
  184. Ankush Sharma (Rajouri), Member, Kavish-e-ilm
  185. Bharti Jasrotia, Research Scholar, member Kavish-e-ilm
  186. Ankush Sharma, Advocate
  187. Showkat Jan, Researcher, Member Kavish-e-ilm
  188. Gulshan Udham, Journalist
  189. Shikhar, Student, Member, Kavish-e-ilm
  190. Padmaja Shaw, Retired Professor
  191. Tanya Thomas, independent journalist
  192. Anando Bhakto, Journalist
  193. Sabita Lahkar, Independent journalist
  194. Aakanksha Khajuria, Journalist
  195. Latha Jishnu, Journalist
  196. Ritu Dewan, Vice President, Indian Society of Labour Economics
  197. Mansi Walia, Advocate, Member Kaavish-e-ilm
  198. Gulshan Sharma, student
  199. Manik Sahrma, Kaavish-e-ilm
  200. Cathleen Kaur, Consultant
  201. Avantika Mehta, Journalist
  202. Revathi Siva Kumar, Journalist
  203. Aunohita Mojumdar, Journalist
  204. M. Raja-ullah Quraishi, Chicago Area.
  205. Imtiaz Uddin, USA.