Don't Let Mann ki Baat Turn Into 'Maun ki Baat': Tharoor Writes to PM Modi on FIR Against Celebrities
In an open letter addressed to Modi, Tharoor said he was "deeply disturbed" by the FIR filed against the authors of the open letter and urged the Prime Minister to publically welcome dissent even if it was against him or his government.
We would like to believe that you too would support the right to freedom of expression so that the ‘mann ki baat’ of the well-meaning citizens of India does not turn into ‘maun ki baat’,” he said.
#SaveFreeSpeech pic.twitter.com/MDIrros64j — Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) October 8, 2019The letter added that there was no "democracy without dissent".
Tharoor questioned if action against dissenters was indicative of the 'Naya Bharat' PM Modi wishes to create.
"Since when has writing a letter of concern to the elected leader of the country... the trigger for an FIR?