An Appeal by Concerned Citizens of Gujarat
We, Concerned Citizens of Gujarat, would like to express our dismay and serious concern of some recent happenings in our State.
The frequent advertisements,(the Centre “slapping”-thappad-the State) both in the electronic and print media by the Gujarat State, (as part of its political campaign) against the Central Government, is likely to generate a culture of violence.
These advertisements are viewed / heard / read not only by adults but also by children who view them as part of the entertainment serials on the local TV channels.
We do not wish to comment on the merits of the issues raised by these advertisements which are part of the dynamics of the Centre- State relations, in our federal polity and can always be discussed in a rational manner.
These however, should not be propagated in an aggresive way which goes against the culture and ethic of a democracy like India.
We strongly appeal to all those connected with these advertisements to withdraw them immediately and to desist from such violent propaganda henceforth.
We also sincerely request the publicity agents, the media managers, and the Election Commission officials to give serious thought to the media ethics involved in such advertisements.
1. Professor A.M.Shah (Formerly Professor of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics)
2. Professor P.J. Patel (Former Vice Chancellor Sardar Vallabh Vidyanagar University)
3. Professor J.S. Bandukwala (Former Professor of M.S. University Vadodara)
4. Professor N.R. Sheth (Former Chairman of Indian Institute of Managaement, Ahmedabad)
5. Fr. Cedric Prakash (Director, PRASHANT,Centre for Human Rights, Ahmedabad)
6. Professor Lancy Lobo (Director, Centre for Culture and Development, Vadodara)
7. Professor Biswaroop Das ( Centre for Social Studies, Surat)
8. Mr Achuyt Yagnik (Director SETU,Centre for Knowledge and Action, Ahmedabad)