More than 200 writers appeal to citizens
Let us vote against hate politics. Let us vote for an equal and diverse India.

The upcoming election finds our country at the crossroads.  Our Constitution guarantees all its citizens equal rights, the freedom to eat, pray and live as they choose, freedom of expression and the right to dissent. But in the last few years, we have seen citizens being lynched or assaulted or discriminated against because of their community, caste, gender, or the region they come from. Hate politics has been used to divide the country; create fear; and exclude more and more people from living as full-fledged citizens. Writers, artists, filmmakers, musicians and other cultural practitioners have been hounded, intimidated, and censored. Anyone who questions the powers-that-be is in danger of being harassed or arrested on false and ridiculous charges.

All of us want this to change. We don’t want rationalists, writers and activists to be hounded or assassinated. We want stern measures against violence in word or deed against women, dalits, adivasis and minority communities. We want resources and measures for jobs, education, research, healthcare and equal opportunities for all. Most of all, we want to safeguard our diversity and let democracy flourish.

How do we do this? How do we bring about the change we need so urgently? There are many things we need to do and can do. But there is a critical first step.

The first step, the one we can take soon, is to vote out hate politics. Vote out the division of our people; vote out inequality; vote against violence, intimidation and censorship. This is the only way we can vote for an India that renews the promises made by our Constitution. This is why we appeal to all citizens to vote for a diverse and equal India.

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1AJ Thomas81JM Parakh161Rukmini Bhaya Nair
2AR Venkatachalapathy82Jaidev Taneja162S Joseph
3Abhay Maurya83Jaishree Misra163Sachin Ketkar
4Adil Jussawalla84Jeet Thayil164Saleem Peeradina
5Ajai Singh85Jerry Pinto165Salim Yusufji 
6Akeel Bilgrami86Joy Mathew166Salma
7Ali Javid87JV Pawar167Samik Bandyopadhyay
8Alok Rai88K G Shankara Pillai168Sanjeev Kaushal
9Amit Chaudhuri89K N Panikkar169Sanjeev Khandekar
10Amit Bhaduri90K Satchidanandan170Sanjeev Kumar
11Amitav Ghosh91Kalpana Swaminarayan171Sarabjeet Garcha
12Anand92Kalpana Swaminathan172Satish Alekar
13Anand Teltumbde93Kavery Nambisan173Savitri Rajeevan
14Ananya Vajpeyi94Keki Daruwalla174Sethu
15Ania Loomba95Kiran Nagarkar175Shafi Shauq
16Anil Joshi96KM Shrimali176Shailesh Singh
17Anita Nair97KP Ramanunni177Shanta Acharya
18Anita Ratnam98Kunal Basu178Shanta Gokhale
19Anita Thampi99Kutti Revathi179Sharankumar Limbale
20Anjali Purohit100M Mukundan180Sharmila Samant
21Anupama HS101MMP Singh181Shashi Deshpande
22Anuradha Kapur102Madhu Bhaduri182Shekhar Joshi
23Anuradha Marwah103Makarand Sathe183Shobha Singh
24Anvar Ali104Malavika Kapur184Shubha
25Apoorvanand105Mamang Dai185Smita Sahay
26Arjumand Ara106Mamta Sagar186Srilata K
27Arun Kamal107Manash Bhattacharya187Subodh Sarkar
28Arunava Sinha108Manasi188Sudeep Chakravarti
29Arundhati Roy109Mangad Ratnakaran189Sudeshna Banerjee
30Arvind Krishna Mehrotra110Mangalesh Dabral190Sudhanva Deshpande
31Asad Zaidi111Manishi Jani191Sudhir Chandra
32Asghar Wajahat112Manmohan192Suresh Chabria
33Ashok Vajpeyi113Manoj Kulkarni193TM Krishna
34Ashokan Charuvil114Manoj Kuroor194Tekchand
35Ashwani Kumar115Maria Couto195Udayan Vajpeyi
36Atamjit Singh116Meena Kandasamy196Urvashi Butalia
37B Rajeevan117Megha Pansare197Vaasanthi
38Badri Raina118Mogalli Ganesh198Vanamala Viswanatha
39Bajrang Bihari Tiwari119Mrinal Pande199Vijay Prashad
40Bali Singh120Mukul Kesavan200Venita Coelho
41Bama121NS Madhavan201Vijayalakshmi
42Basharat Peer122NP Hafiz Mohamad 202Vinita Agrawal
43Benyamin123Nabaneeta Dev Sen203Vinitabh
44Bhasha Singh124Nalin Ranjan Singh204Vishnu Nagar
45Bina Sarkar Ellias125Namita Gokhale205Vishwanath Tripathi
46CS Chandrika126Namita Singh206Vivan Sundaram
47Chaman Lal127Nancy Adajania207Vivek Shanbhag
48Chandradasan128Nayantara Sahgal208Volga
49Chandrakant Patil129Neeraj Singh209Zoya Hasan
50Civic Chandran130Nityanand Tiwari210Akhil Katyal
51Dalip Kaur Tiwana131Noor Zaheer211Menka Shivdasani 
52Damodar Mauzo132Orijit Sen212Chandan Gowda
53Datta Damodar Naik133P Sivakami213Arjun Rajendran
54Deepan Sivaraman134PN Gopikrishnan214Sheela Rohekar
55Devdan Chaudhuri135PP Ramachandran215Asha Nambisan
56Devendra Chaube136Pankaj Bisht216Vaidehi
57Devi Prasad Mishra137Paul Zacharia217Premanand Gajveeg
58Dinesh Kumar Shukla138Prabha Varma218Ravindra Verma
59E Santhoshkumar139Prabodh Parikh219Mrinalini Harchandrai
60EV Ramakrishnan140Pradnya Daya Pawar220Sucharita Dutta-Asane
61GN Devy141Prem Tiwari221Annie Chandy
62Gagan Gill142Priya Sarukkai Chabria222Keerti Ramachandra
63Gauhar Raza143Purushottam Agarwal223Gita Subramanian
64Geeta Kapur144R Unni224Poile Sengupta
65Geetanjali Shree145Rahamath Tarikere225Sonja Chandrachud
66Girdhar Rathi146Rahman Abbas226K.R.Usha
67Girish Karnad147Rajendra Chenni227Usha Ramaswamy
68Githa Hariharan148Rajendra Rajan228Valli Rao
69Govind Prasad149Rajesh Joshi229Shoma Chatterji
70Gulam Mohammed Sheikh150Rajiv Ranjan Singh230Muthukrishnan
71HS Shivaprakash151Ramprakash Tripathi231Padmini Mongia
72Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar152Ranjit Hoskote232Anjana Appachana
73Hariyash Rai153Raosaheb Kasbe233Usha Rajagopalan
74Harsh Mander154Rakesh Tiwari234Amrita Bhalla
75Hemant Divate155Ravishankar235Saniya
76Hemlata Maheshwar156Rekha Awasthi236Karthika Nair
77Hiralal Rajasthani157Ritu Menon237Leena Manimekalai
78Huchangi Prasad158Robin Ngangom238Jeyarani
79Ishrat Syed159Romila Thapar239Kavitha Muralidharan
80J Devika160Ruchira Gupta