In recent news, as many as 900 artistes and people from literature field on Wednesday appealed to fellow voters to vote “without pressure and prejudice”, and elect a “majboot sarkar” (strong government) and not a “majboor sarkar” (clueless government), in the aftermath of challenges like terrorism.
The long list contains some big names like actor Vivek Oberoi, classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj, music composer Shankar Mahadevan, Kuchipudi dancing duo Raja-Radha Reddy, theatre artiste Waman Kendre, Dhrupad vocalist Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar and Statue of Unity sculptor Ram Sutar.
According to 93-year-old’s son Anil Sutar’s message to IANS, a recent meeting of Indian artistes was conducted by BJP MP and Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) president Vinay Sahastrabuddhe, when they were asked of their views on the current government.
The group, which came out openly in support of BJP, has also voiced out that they need the ruling government to continue.
In the statement, they said: “We, creative artistes and persons belonging to the field of literature appeal to all our fellow citizens to cast their vote and exercise their right to elect the new government without any pressure and prejudice.”
“We believe that during the last five years, India has seen a government that has delivered corruption-free good governance and development oriented administration. During this period, globally India has acquired greater respect. It is our firm conviction that the continuance of government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the need of the hour.”
Deepak Karanjikar, asked for his reason to sign on the statement, told IANS that the ruling government has made some “basic changes”. He cited a “cultural mapping project of all Indian artists” which was sanctioned a year ago and is still being developed.
Referring to the same reasons, vocalist Wasifuddin Dagar said that “what good has been started must continue”.
Earlier, recent statements from filmmakers, scientists, writers and artists have appealed to voters to vote out hatred and infamous politics.