It is heartening to see that the young boys and girls of Ramjas college and Delhi University have defied any intimidation and continue to express their views and fight for their democratic space for intellectual engagement and discourse. IPTA stands in solidarity with them and considers them the true representatives of Indian Peoples.
It is a matter of shame that the members of the government, whose responsibility it is to protect and promote democratic platforms, are openly encouraging the perpetrators of violance and disharmony. The statements made by the Minister of State (Home) in relation to the social media threats of murder and rape to a student of Lady Shree Ram college , Gurmehar Kaur, are extremely objectionable and unworthy of a Minister. He appears to be justifying the threats targeted at her. IPTA strongly condemns such statements.
IPTA calls upon all the artistes, writers, thinkers, readers and audiences to come together and reinforce the culture of freedom for thought and expression.
Peoples' theatre stars the people.
Rakesh, General Secretary