More than 150 scientists appeal to citizens
Let us vote to unify the people. Let us vote to spread the light of reason.

The upcoming election is a crucial one. It asks for a re-affirmation of the most fundamental guarantees our Constitution gives us: equal rights to faith or lack thereof; culture; language; association; personal liberty and freedom of expression. These rights, even as they accrue to each of us individually, can only exist if they accrue to all Indian citizens — without partiality or discrimination.

To defend these rights, we must reject those who lynch or assault people, those who discriminate against people because of religion, caste, gender, language or region. Again, we must reject those who encourage such practices. We cannot endorse a politics that divides us, creates fears, and marginalises a large fraction of our society — women, dalits, adivasis, religious minorities, the persons with disabilities or the poor. Diversity is our democracy’s greatest strength; discrimination and non-inclusivity strike at its very foundation.

An atmosphere in which scientists, activists and rationalists are hounded, harassed, intimidated, censored, jailed, or worse, murdered, is not the future our country deserves. It is not the future we want to give our youth. We want them to awaken to a country that sees science as a means of democratic empowerment through sceptical, open-minded questioning, rather than just a commercial enterprise. We must put an end to the denigration of rational, evidence-based public discourse; only then can we create better resources and opportunities for jobs, education and research.

We appeal to all citizens to vote wisely, weighing arguments and evidence critically. We appeal to all citizens to remember our constitutional commitment to scientific temper. We appeal to you to vote against inequality, intimidation, discrimination, and unreason. These are inimical to the values of our Constitution, whose promise is best reflected in Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore's famous words:

"Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
by narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth

Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake."

Read the appeal in Hindi here.

 
1 A. Mani 82 Mundur V. N. Murthy 163 Bhavtosh Bansal
2 Aaloka Kanhere 83 Nandita Narain 164 Priya Hasan
3 Abha Dev Habib 84 Naresh Dadhich 165 S. N. Hasan
4 Abhijit Majumder 85 Nisha Biswas 166 Dhruba Mukhopadhyay
5 Adish Dani 86 Niti Kumar 167 Resmi Lekshmi
6 Ajit M. Srivastava 87 Nixon Abraham 168 B. Ravindran
7 Akash Gautam 88 Pallavi Vibhuti 169 Jayant Murthy
8 Amala Bhave 89 Partho Sarothi Ray 170 Ashis Kumar Nandy
9 Amit Apte 90 Prabhakar Rajagopal 171 Niruj Mohan Ramanujam
10 Amit Bhaya 91 Prabir Purkayastha 172 M. C. Arunan
11 Amit Misra 92 Pradip Dasgupta 173 Sandeep K. Shukla
12 Amitabh Joshi 93 Pradipta Bandyopadhyay 174 Nissim Kanekar
13 Amitabha Bandyopadhyay 94 Prajval Shastri 175 Nirupam Roy
14 Amites Dasgupta 95 Prakash Burte 176 Manoj Purvankara
15 Aniket Sule 96 Pranay Goel 177 Rahul Nigam
16 Anindita Bhadra 97 Prasad Subramanian 178 Chinmay Mukhopadhyay
17 Anirban Mukherjee 98 R. Ramanujam 179 Vidyanand Nanjundiah
18 Ankan Paul 99 Raghav Rajan 180 Jonaki Sen
19 Anna George 100 Raghunath Chelakkot 181 Nagaraj Balasubramanian
20 Anup Padmanabhan 101 Rahul Roy 182 Collins Assisi
21 Argha Banerjee 102 Rahul Siddharthan 183 Suhita Nadkarni
22 Arjun Guha 103 Rajiva Raman 184 Partha P. Majumder
23 Arnab Bhattacharya 104 Rama Govindarajan 185 Soumitro Banerjee
24 Asha Gopinathan 105 Ramesh Awasthi 186 Parthiba Basu
25 Atindra N. Pal 106 Ramkumar Sambasivan 187 Imroze Khan
26 Aurnab Ghose 107 Ramya T. N. C. 188 Narmada Khare
27 Avinash Dhar 108 Riddhi Shah 189 Kazi Rajibul Islam
28 Ayalvadi Ganesh 109 Rohini Karandikar 190 Ushak Rahaman
29 Ayan Banerjee 110 Rohini Muthuswami 191 Koel Das
30 Bidisa Das 111 Rupali Gangopadhyay 192 Abhishek Dhar
31 Chayanika Shah 112 Sabyasachi Chatterjee 193 Savita Ladage
32 Chetana Sachidanandan 113 Saman Habib 194 Kunal Chakraborty
33 Chinmayee Mishra 114 Samriddhi Sankar Ray 195 Mahendra Nadkarni
34 Chinmoy Chatterjee 115 Samudrala Gourinath 196 Ashish Asgekar
35 Debabrata Ghosh 116 Saroj Ghaskadbi 197 Supratim Sengupta
36 Debashis Ghoshal 117 Satyajit Mayor 198 Malancha Ta
37 Debashis Mukherjee 118 Satyajit Rath 199 U. K. Anandavardhanan
38 Debashish Goswami 119 Shailaja Sopory 200 Dipendra Prasad
39 Deepak Barua 120 Shanta Laishram 201 Vidya T. N. C.
40 Deepika Choubey 121 Shivprasad Patil 202 Parasar Mohanty
41 Devaki Kelkar 122 Shobha Madan 203 Felix Bast
42 Dibyendu Nandi 123 Shraddha Kumbhojkar 204 C S Rajan
43 Dinesh Abrol 124 Shubhi Parolia 205 Madabusi Raghunathan
44 Dinu Chandran 125 Sitabhra Sinha 206 Chandan Dalawat
45 Dipshikha Chakravortty 126 Smita Krishnan 207 Shashi Mohan Srivastava
46 Dipti Jadhav 127 Sorab Dalal 208 Raj Kumar Manna
47 Divya Oberoi 128 Spenta Wadia 209 Ramesh Sreekantan
48 Gagandeep Kang 129 Srikanth Sastry 210 Chaitanya Athale
49 Gaiti Hasan 130 Sriram Ramaswamy 211 Kamal Lodaya
50 Gauhar Raza 131 Subhadip Ghosh 212 Deepshikha Jaiswal-Nagar
51 Gautam Menon 132 Subhadip Mitra 213 Apoorva Nagar
52 Geeta Mahashabde 133 Subhash C. Lakhotia 214 Parthasarathi Majumdar
53 Geetha Venkataraman 134 Suchitra Gopinath 215 Aneesh PremaBalakrishnan
54 Gyan Prakash 135 Sudeshna Sinha 216 S. Akshay
55 Harita Raval 136 Sudipto Muhuri 217 Juie Shetye
56 Harjinder (Laltu) Singh 137 Sugata Ray 218 Dipankar
57 Imrana Qadeer 138 Sugra Chunawala 219 Naresh K Chandiramani
58 J. G. Krishnayya 139 Sumeet Agarwal 220 Debasis Mondal
59 Jagat K Roy 140 Sumilan Banerjee 221 Shouvik Datta
60 Jayashree Ramadas 141 Surendra Ghaskadbi 222 Mahan Mj.
61 Jayashree Sen Gupta 142 Swapan Chakrabarti 223 Arijit Bhattacharyay
62 Joby Joseph 143 Tapan Ghosh 224 Arghya Das
63 Jyotishman Bhowmick 144 Tapan Saha 225 Vivek Tanavde
64 Jyotsna Dhawan 145 Tejal Kanitkar 226 Raghavan Rangarajan
65 Kapil Paranjape 146 Tushar Vaidya 227 Supratik Chakraborty
66 Karthikeyan Vasudevan 147 V. S. Sunder 228 Pramod Pullarkat
67 Kartik Shanker 148 Vidita Vaidya 229 Ranjini Bandyopadhyay
68 Kumarjit Saha 149 Vijay Chandru 230 Sanjib Sabhapandit
69 L. S. Shashidhara 150 Vineeta Bal 231 Ramyani Chakrabarty
70 Madan Rao 151 Vivek Borkar 232 Sachin C. Patwardhan
71 Madhavi Reddy 152 Vivek Monteiro 233 Sumati Surya
72 Madhulika Srivastava 153 S. G. Dani 234 Sk Sazim
73 Manisha Gupte 154 Mangala Narlikar 235 Shiraz Minwalla
74 Mayank Vahia 155 Yashoda Ghanekar 236 Mahendra K. Singh
75 Mayurika Lahiri 156 Abhijit Mitra 237 Siddhartha Ghosh
76 Medha S. Rajadhyaksha 157 Manojendu Choudhury 238 Swagata Sarkar
77 Mercy J. Raman 158 D. P. Kasbekar 239 Manas G. A.
78 Mihir Arjunwadkar 159 Roop Mallik 240 Reeteka Sud
79 Mohan Rao 160 Vijay Lale 241 Kedar Damle
80 Mrinal K Ghosh 161 Aneeshkumar Arimbasseri 242 Ravi Banavar
81 Mugdha Karnik 162 Gitanjali Yadav 243 Durba Sengupta