Former Indian navy chief asks Modi to ‘stem the rot’ of communal violence

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Former Indian Navy chief Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas has written an open letter to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemning the attacks on minorities and Dalits under the rule of the current government.

“The Hinduism I knew and experienced was gentle, inclusive, and filled with extraordinary diversity,” writes Ramdas in the letter. “Today, as a veteran in my eighties, I am forced to hang my head in shame.”

Ramdas, who won the Magsaysay award for peace, also emphasized how certain communities are being “singled out for special attention”.

“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,” writes Ramdas.