Thursday, 11 April 2019

Appeal by artists, writers and intellectuals from Tamil Nadu to vote against BJP


*Periyar with Ambedkar

Save Democracy! Save People!


The forthcoming general election to the seventeenth Lok Sabha presents an unprecedented scenario in front of concerned citizens and members of our civil society. Generally civic culture demands that while political parties and candidates may campaign for vote, members of civil society refrain from making public their political choice in the interest of cultivating a non-partisan public culture. 

However, when the party in power for the last five years has threatened the very fabric of the democratic culture in the country, when autonomy of key institutions have been compromised with impunity, when an atmosphere of fear and hate has engulfed the public sphere, it becomes the duty of civil society to speak up to defend democracy in the first place.

In the last five years we have seen many unusual events fill our everyday life; ordinary citizens lynched for the food they eat and the God they pray, with silent inducement from powers that be; intellectuals and writers assassinated by indoctrinated criminal groups; writers, scholars and artists return the civilian honours and awards of merit received from state institutions; premier institutions and universities humiliated and ruined by imposition of unworthy stooges of ruling ideology; blatant interference and manipulation at the state level; ordinary people protesting an environmentally polluting industry shot down with far more sinister ruthlessness than there was in Jalianwala Bagh of colonial times; senior judges of the Supreme Court coming out in public to denounce the functioning of the apex court; the premier investigating agency compromised by the dramatic collusion of interests at the highest level erupting in public view; the economy destroyed with arbitrary and whimsical decisions of a few individuals at the helm of power with dire consequences for medium and small scale businesses and industries; reserve bank governors abruptly resigning; in general fear and intimidation gripping the functioning of most government institutions.

The citizens of this proud country comprising of one fifth of humanity, consisting of an ever-pluralizing rich array of cultures and identities, steadily treading the path of electoral democracy since the birth of the republic in 1950, cannot watch in apathy when such a historical flowering of democratic spirits destroyed in the winds of fascist hate mongering and fear. We have even had a MP from the ruling party croon that there would not be elections any more if they returned to power.

We the writers, academics, artists and citizens of Tamil Nadu appeal to all citizens to oust the Bharathiya Janata Party from power by not voting for the BJP and its allies in the forthcoming elections. Let our ballot send a message to all future governments not to trample on our rights, societal well-being and democratic cultures.


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1A. MarxWriter / Human Rights ActivistChennai
2A.S.Panneer SelvamSenior JournalistChennai
3Aadhavan DheetchanyaWriterHosur
4Aakasa MuthuPoetChennai
5Aazhi Senthil NathanJournalist / ActivistChennai
6Abilash ChandranWriterBangalore
7Ajayan BalaWriter / Film MakerChennai
8AjeethaAdvocateChennai
9AmirFilm MakerChennai
10Amirtham SuryaPoetChennai
11Amudhan R.PDocumentary Film MakerChennai
12Anand KumaresanFilm MakerChennai
13Anandhi SResearcher in Social ScienceChennai
14Anush KhanPublisher, EdhirPollachi
15AppannasamyWriterChennai
16Aranga MalligaPoetChennai
17Arasu. VAcademicChennai
18Aravindhan D.IWriterChennai
19ArivuLyricist/SingerChennai
20Arul EzhilanJournalist / Film MakerChennai
21ArulmozhiAdvocateChennai
22Arun Tamil StudioActivistChennai
23ArunmozhiSinger/Flute artistChennai
24AsadhaWriterVillupuram
25AthishaJournalistChennai
26Athiyan AthiraiFilm MakerChennai
27Bakkiyam ShankarWriterChennai
28Balasubramaniyam DharmalingamFree Press FoundationChennai
29Balasubramaniyam PonrajWriterHosur
30Balraj KuPoetSrivalliputhur
31Barathi ThambiJournalistChennai
32Bava ChelladuraiWriter Thiruvannamalai
33Bhaskar SakthiWriterChennai
34Bhavani RamanAcademicChennai
35BrammaFilm MakerChennai
36BrindhaJournalistChennai
37C.MohanWriterChennai
38ChandraWriterChennai
39ChandruArtistThirunelveli
40Charu NivedhithaWriterChennai
41Cholan Mu. KalanchiyamFilm MakerChennai
42Dayalan SJournalistChennai
43Deepa LakshmiWriterChennai
44Deepak BhagavathCinematographerChennai
45Deepak MehtaAcademicNew Delhi
46DevaneyanChild Rights ActivistChennai
47Dhalavai SundharamJournalistChennai
48DhamayanthiWriterChennai
49Divya BarathyDocumentary Film MakerMadurai
50Durai ArasuJournalistChennai
51Durba ChattorajAcademicNew Delhi
52Elamathy SairamJournalistChennai
53ElancheralWriterIrugur
54Evidence KathirHuman rights ActivistChennai
55Ezhilan Dr.ActivistChennai
56G. KuppusamyTranslatorAarani
57GavaskarJournalistChennai
58Geetha NarayananWomen Rights ActivistChennai
59Gopi NainarFilm MakerChennai
60Govi LeninJournalistChennai
61GunavathyJournalistChennai
62H. Peer MohammedAuthorVellore
63HasifJournalistChennai
64IlampiraiPoetChennai
65Ilango KrishnanPoetChennai
66IlavenilPoetIrugur
67Indra ParthasarathyWriterChennai
68IniyavanJournalistChennai
69Ira. Prabakar. ProfAuthor / MusicianMadurai
70Ira. Tamil KanalJournalistChennai
71IsaiPoetIrugur
72Iyyappa MadhavanPoetChennai
73Jawahar IraSenior JournalistChennai
74JayaBadhuriJoirnalistChennai
75Jayashree K.VTranslatorThiruvannamalai
76JeevasundariAuthor / Senior JournalistChennai
77Jeyaprakasam PaWriterPudhucherry
78JeyaraniJournalistChennai
79John SundharPoetCoimbatore
80K.N. SenthilWriterAvinasi
81Ka PanjangamResearcherPudhucherry
82KaalabairavanPoetKandaraachipuram
83KalapriyaPoetIdaikkaal
84KamalaJournalistChennai
85KamalakkannanFilm MakerChennai
86KandaradhithanPoetKandarachipuram
87Kannan SundaramPublisher - KalachuvaduNagercoil
88Karan KarkkiWriterChennai
89KarikalanPoetVillupuram
90Karthik NethaLyricist/PoetChennai
91Karu. PalaniyappanFilm MakerChennai
92KathirCartoonistChennai
93Kavin AntonyFilm makerChennai
94Kavin MalarWriterChennai
95Kavitha barathiFilm Maker -TV media/ PoetChennai
96Kavitha GajendranMedia PeraonChennai
97Kavitha MuralidharanJournalistChennai
98Ki RajanarayananWriterPudhucherry
99KonangiWriterKovilpatti
100Kulachal Mu. YousufTranslatorNagercoil
101Kumar ambayiramWriterThiruvannamalai
102Kumaresan ASenior JournalistChennai
103Kutti RevathyPoetChennai
104Lakshmanan. ProfAcademicChennai
105Lakshmi SaravakumarWriterChennai
106Leena ManimekalaiPoet/ Film MakerChennai
107Lenin BarathyFilm MakerChennai
108Libi AranyaPoetMadurai
109LillyTheatre artistChrnnai
110Living Smile VidyaTheatre ArtistSwitzerland
111LoganathanPublisher - PulamChennai
112Ma. MathivannanPoetPerunthurai
113MadhumithaTranslatorRajapalaiyam
114MaheshwariJournalistChennai
115Malathi Maithri PoetNew Delhi
116Malini JeevarathnamDocumentary Film MakerChennai
117Mangai. ATheatre activistChennai
118ManikandanJournalistChennai
119ManikandanCine ActorChennai
120MannkuthiraiPoet / JournalistChennai
121Mano MohanWriterPudhucherry
122ManonmaniEditor, Pudhu Ezhuthu little magazineErode
123ManushiPoetPudhucherry
124ManushyaputhiranPoetChennai
125Meera KathiravanFilm MakerChennai
126Mitul BaruahAcademicNew Delhi
127Mohanarangan KaPoetErode
128MonikhaaArtist/WriterCoimbatore
129Mu. RamasamyPlayrightThanjavur
130MurugaboopathyPlayrightKovilpatti
131Murugan GWriterVellore
132Murugavel. IraWriterThiruppur
133Murugesa PandiyanLiterary CriticMadurai
134Muthu KrishnanAuthorMadurai
135Na. VinothkumarJournalistChennai
136NachiDocumentary Film MakerChennai
137Nachiyal SuganthilWriterChennai
138NanmaranCartoonistChennai
139Narmadha KuppusamyTranslatorAarani
140Narumugai DeviPoetCoimbatore
141NatarajanArtistNagapattinam
142NaveenFilm MakerChennai
143NeelagandanPublisher, Karuppu PradhikalChennai
144Neerai MagendranJournalistChennai
145Neethi ManiWriterVellore
146Pa. AshokJournalistChennai
147Pa. VijayLyricist / PoetChennai
148PaamaranWriterCoimbatore
149Palani BarathiLyricist/PoetChennai
150Parameswari. ThiPoetVellore
151ParthibarajaTheatre PersonThirupathur
152PavelFilm ActorChennai
153PeerMohammedJournalistChennai
154Periyasamy NaPoetHosur
155Peru. VishnukumarPoetPazhani
156PerundeviPoetUSA
157PoonkuzhaliAuthor / TranslatorChennai
158PoppuWriterPudhucheery
159PothiyaVerpanWriterKumbakonam
160Prabakaran JAuthorMadurai
161PragadheeswaranArtistPudhukottai
162PralayanPlayrightChennai
163Prasath MurugesanFilm MakerChennai
164PremWriterNew Delhi
165Prema RevathyWriterNagapattinam
166Prince Ennares periyarFilm MakerChennai
167Prince Gajendra BabuEducationistChennai
168Pritham ChakravarthyTheatre ArtistHyderabad
169Priya BabuTransgender ActivistChennai
170Puthiya MadhaviWriterMumbai
171R. Murali. ProfHuman Rights ActivistMadurai
172Ra VinothJournalistBangalore
173Rafiq IsmailFilm MakerChennai
174Rajan KuraiWriterNewDelhi
175RajaSangeethanMedia PeraonChennai
176Rajkumar NDPoetNagercoil
177RamanujamWriterChennai
178Ramesh PredhanWriterPudhucherry
179Ranjit PaFilm MakerChennai
180Rathna VijayanPublisher - Vaasal.Madurai
181Ravi SubramaniyamPoetChennai
182Ravindran SriramachandranAcademicNew Delhi
183Rita KothariAcademicNew Delhi
184Rochana MiitraSocial WorkerNew Delhi
185RohiniActorChennai
186S.P.UdhayaKumaranActivistNagercoil
187S.V. RajaduraiWriterKothagiri
188SabariNathanPoetChennai
189SahibkiranPoetSalem
190SalmaPoetChennai
191SamayavelPoetMadurai
192SamrajWriterChennai
193SamsonLyricist/PoetCoimbatore
194Samsudeen HeeraNovelistCoimbatore
195Samuel RajActivist Chennai
196Santhana moorthyWriter / Film makerChennai
197Saraswathy. ProfActivistChennai
198Saravana RajaAuthorChennai
199Saro LamaPublisher - PaadharasamChennai
200SarojaJournalistChennai
201SasiFilm makerChennai
202Sathish.JJournalistChennai
203Selma PriyadarshanPoetDindigul
204SenthalirJournalistChennai
205Senthil KumarJournalistChennai
206Senthil NathanPublisher, ParisalChennai
207Shahjahan RJournalistNew Delhi
208Shalin Mariya LawrenceActivistChennai
209Shan SaravanakumarJournalistChennai
210ShankarRamaSubramaniamPoetChennai
211SheeluWomen Rights ActivistChennai
212Sivaraman. DrEnvironment ActivistChennai
213Sri Ram. NWriterChennai
214Srijith SundaramTheatre PersonChennai
215SrikumarPublisherChennai
216SrinesanPoet
217SrishankarPoetChennai
218Stalin RajangamWriter Madurai
219Stalin SaravananPoetThanjavur
220Su. Tamil SelviWriterVillupuram
221SubagunarajanWriterChennai
222SuchithraJournalistChennai
223Sudha RamalingamAdvocate Chennai
224Sudheer SenthilPoetKavin Malar
225SuganthiActivistChennai
226SukirtharaniPoetChennai
227SukumaranPoetTrivandrum
228Sundarrajan GEnvironment ActivistChennai
229SureshFree Press FoundationChennai
230Suseela AnandAdvocate/ActivistChennai
231Swargajyoti GohainAcademicNew Delhi
232Tamil MaganWriterChennai
233Tamil Selvan SaWriterSivakasi
234ThamiraFilm MakerChennai
235Thapoo ShankarPoetChennai
236Tharasu ShyamSenior JournalsitChennai
237Thilagavathy GWriterChennai
238ThiruchendhazhaiWriterMadurai
239ThirumavelanJournalistChennai
240Trotsky MarudhuArtistChennai
241UmamaheshwaranJournalistChennai
242Vanakaidhi NesanPoetMadurai
243VannadasanWriterThirunelveli
244VaradhanAuthorMadurai
245Varavanai Senthil KumarMedia PersonChennai
246Vasanthi DeviEducationistChennai
247VasudevanWriterChennai
248VediyappanPublisher, Discovery book palaceChennai
249Veli RengarajanWriterChennai
250Venkatesan BaWriterHosur
251Venkatesh AthreyaEconomistChennai
252Venkatesh ChakravarthyFilm critic/ ResearcherHyderabad
253Vetri MaranFilm MakerChennai
254Vetri selvanAdvocate/Environment ActivistChennai
255VigneshMedia PeraonChennai
256VijaianandJournalistChennai
257VilaasiniPublisher Chennai
258Vincent PaulPhotographerChennai
259Yaazh SrideviJournalistSalem
260Yavanika SriramPoetChinnalapatti
261Yazhan AathiPoetAmbur
262Yazhini MunusamyWriterChennai
263YugabarathyLyricist/PoetChennai
264Yuma VasukiWriterChennai
265YuvakrishnaJournalistChennai
266T.M.KrishnaCarnatic VocalistChennai
267Mari SelvarajFilm MakerChennai
268RejinTheatre ArtistChennai
269Vijay ShankarSenior JournalistChennai
270Viduthalai RajendranSenior Journalist / ActivistChennai
271Subrabarathi ManiyanWriterThiruppur
272Ko. SugumaranHuman Rights ActivistPudhucherry
273Pa. ThukkaiyandiWriterKovilpatti
274Brinda SethuPoetChennai
275Thanjai RameshTranslator Thanjavur
276Bobby ThajayArtistChennai,
277M. VijayabaskarResearcherChennai
278Vijay k chakravarthiCinematographerChennai
279P.K.RajanEditor-Bharathi PuthakalayamChennai
280Deenan KathiravanStudent FilmmakerChennai
281Gothandaramprakash PalaniAssistant directorChennai
282MakizhnanAssistant directorChennai
283Azhagiya PeriyavanWriterPernambut
284Jamalan JahirWriterKumbakonam
285R.L.U.Priyadarshini RajTheatre ArtistChennai
286Anthony B J RubanSound EngineerChennai
287Solai Raj N JArchitectKovilpatti
288ParimalaActivist - Pudhiya KuralChennai
289SaranJournalistChennai
290Siva KumarPsycho analystCoimbatore
291Sekizhar SelvanWriterRamanathapuram
292MurugappanActivist / AuthorTindivanam
293N. GowriJournalistChennai
294S.SekarSocial ActivistMayiladuthurai
295Anees AhamedSocial ActivistMadurai
296Aathitha karikalanSocial ActivistNellikkuppam
297Kalaipandianfilm actorKongankulam
298S.K.Rahumathulla ( Kadayanallur Benzy )Tradu UnionistChennai
299Raa.EdwinWriterPerambalur
300Thamizhmozhi KU.APoetPudhucherry
301GramianResearcherTiruchirapalli
302Ramasamy rajendranResearcherTiruchirapalli
303RATHAN CHANDRASEKARJournalist Chennai
304ThangamFilm MakerChennai
305Uthirakumaran. MTranslatorThiruvannamalai
306Vasudev MenonFilm/TheatreChennai
307AasathWriterVillupuram
308Ira. The. MuthuPoetChennai