Authors urge Cameron to raise India's 'climate of fear' with Modi

British Prime minister David Cameron (L) shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia on November 12, 2015Nearly 200 figures including author Salman Rushdie have signed an open letter urging David Cameron to raise “the rising climate of fear” in India with his counterpart Narendra Modi, who is visiting Britain from Thursday. The letter calls on Cameron to demand that Modi provide “better protection” for critical voices such as writers and artists and ensure that freedom of expression in India is protected. Modi was elected prime minister by a landslide in 2014 but he and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have faced accusations from opponents that they are failing to protect minorities.

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