To Prime Minister Narendra Modi more than 100 military veterans have written saying they condemn the targeting of Muslims and Dalits in the country and what they call a climate of fear and intimidation.
"For the security of our country, we have spent our careers working. Our group collectively, holds no affiliation with any single political party, our only common commitment being to the Constitution of India," says the letter signed by 114 veterans of the armed forces.
A month after thousands hit the streets in cities across India to protest a surge in mob violence, the leter comes. Sparked by the recent killing of a 16-year-old Muslim boy on a train near Delhi by attackers who called him a 'beef-eater' the campaign 'Not In My Name'.
"With the 'Not in My Name' campaign we stand that mobilised thousands of citizens across the country to protest against the current climate of fear, intimidation, hate and suspicion... What is happening in our country today strikes at all that the Armed Forces, and indeed our Constitution, stand for... We are witness to unprecedented attacks on society at large by the relentless vigilantism of self-appointed protectors of Hinduism," the letter by the retired soldiers says.
"Targeting of Muslims and Dalits we condemn... We condemn the clampdowns on free speech by attacks on media outlets, civil society groups, universities, journalists and scholars, through a campaign of branding them anti-national," it adds.
Earlier this month, PM Modi condemned the mob killings, saying, "Killing people in the name of Gau Bhakti (cow devotion) is not acceptable