Condemning attacks on Muslims and Dalits by “self-appointed protectors of Hinduism,” 114 veterans of the Indian Armed Forces signed an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, according to media reports.
In the letter, the veterans said they stood with the “Not in My Name” campaign, the banner under which thousands of citizens have protested against mob violence and cow vigilantism.
The Telegraph quoted the letter as saying, “We can no longer look away. We would be doing a disservice to our country if we do not stand up and speak for the liberal and secular values that our Constitution espouses. Our diversity is our greatest strength.”
The letter further read, “Differences in religion, language, caste, culture or any other marker of belonging have not mattered to the cohesion of the Armed Forces, and servicemen of different backgrounds have fought shoulder to shoulder in the defense of our nation, as they continue to do today.”