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"Culture Of Violence" : Aparna Sen While Quoting Incident Of Anurag Kashyap leaving Twitter
In a letter, 28 signatories including film-maker Aparna Sen condemned the "culture of violence and intolerance" in the country.
New Delhi: From Kolkata's civil society prominent members have spoken up again, condemning and criticising the "culture of violence and intolerance" that made film-maker Anurag Kashyap quit the microblogging platform Twitter after allegations of threats to his family.
The society created a letter in which 28 signatories 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," reads the letter from CitizenSpeakIndia.
The "culture of violence" was "tearing apart the democratic fabric of our country by trying to silence all dialogue, debate and dissent," said the celebrities, many of whom earlier wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on mob violence and called for strong action in such cases.
Over the weekend, Mr Kashyap - who was also a signatory to the letter to the Prime Minister -quit Twitter, saying he was not being "allowed to speak my mind without fear".