Former navy chief writes open letter to PM Modi; asks him to put a stop to communal disturbances

NEW DELHI: Former navy chief Admiral L Ramdas wrote an open later to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging them to ‘stem the rot’ of attacks on minorities and Dalits and restore people’s faith in democracy.

Admiral Ramdas

Ramdas joined navy at the age of 15 and headed it between 1990 to 1993. He has won a Magsaysay award for peace in 2004. In his open letter, Ramdas wrote, “Today, as a veteran in my eighties, I am forced to hang my head in shame as I witness a series of incidents and assaults on our fellow citizens, especially minorities and Dalits.” He said that in his eighties he is forced to hang head in shame.

According to The Telegraph, in the letter said that he believes these recent occurrences are rooted in Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s ideology of creating a Hindu ‘Rashtra.’ “This in turn has resulted in a dangerous pattern of mob behaviour including intimidating and lynching people merely on the basis of rumours.”

The letter, dated October 22, to which Ramdas pointedly added “Vijaya Dashami”, was released to the media on Saturday.

“Today, a Muslim has to prove his or her loyalty, and they are being repeatedly put in a situation where their places of worship are under attack, as indeed their eating habits, and other basic freedoms,” the Rtd. Admiral’s letter reads.