A group of students and faculty members from Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) in Bengaluru and Ahmedabad have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to steer the country away from “forces that seek to divide us” and said his silence “emboldens” voices of hate.

They urged him to steer the country away from “forces that seek to divide us”.

The letter said the signatories wanted to build an India that stood as an exemplar of inclusiveness and diversity in the world and expressed hope that Modi will lead the country in making the right choices.

It noted that the Constitution gave people the right to practice their religion with dignity, without fear and without shame.

“There is a sense of fear in our country now. Places of worship, including churches in recent days, are being vandalised, and there have been calls to take arms against our Muslim brothers and sisters, it added.