London: In a strong sign of his displeasure over the often talked ‘intolerance’ issue, PM Narendra Modi remarked, India would never tolerate intolerance as it is the land of Lord Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi, on Thursday.
Asked about allegations of rising intolerance in India, Modi also promised to take “strict action” against those who indulged in acts of violence.
“India will not tolerate intolerance,” he told a press conference he addressed along with British Prime Minister David Cameron.
India, he said, was the land of Lord Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi.
Modi’s comments follow widespread condemnation of the September 28 killing of a Muslim man at Dadri in Uttar Pradesh over rumours that he ate beef.
The issue was played up in a major way in the just ended Bihar assembly elections which Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) badly lost.
Modi, who arrived here on a three-day visit, said the Indian authorities would “take strict action against those who indulge in such (violent) acts”.
“We are a democracy and committed to freedom of speech,” he said. “We are not an intolerant society.”
India won’t tolerate any incident of bigotry, however small, Modi said.
A host of writers, artistes and film makers have in recent weeks returned their national awards in protest against what they say is rising intolerance, at times leading to murder.
The 32 year-old female homeopath was found to be a hostage in a Delhi based Hindu family.
The girl’s family showed her videos from ‘love jihad’ claiming her boyfriend to be plotting against her
The girl while being inside the walls of her house attempted a failed suicide
India has always been known as a country inhabiting various cultures, traditions and religions. As Nehru claimed, the country showcases “Unity in diversity”. However, when it comes to religious tolerance the land has failed to show up when an incident of inter-religious correspondence comes forth.
The news published in The Hindu stated that a 32 year-old female homeopath was found to be a hostage in a Delhi based Hindu family. She was 25 years-old and at the time of the most important phase of her life, her entering into the institution of marriage, she was hosted by her family for being acknowledged in an affair with a Muslim boy by her family.
She was refused any kind of socialization with no access to internet or telephones. She remained locked inside the four walls of her house since 2009. Her coming out is no miracle, nor it is an outcome of the fact that her parents have realized their mistake. In the absence of her mother, she called the women’s helpline number 181 to seek help and was thus “imprisoned” by the team.
“Her mother reportedly threatened to commit suicide if she tried to escape, her father would thrash her and her family members even threatened to kill her for bringing dishonor to the family,” according to the Hindu report.
It seems one of the most disturbing incidents in an age when the protests for freedom of speech and equality surround the city with the famous universities. One finds the city as epicenter for the celebrations of the “International Women’s Day”, however, the reach of this freedom where all women can exercise their needs seems to lack in a society which apparently discusses the movements like Save Girl Child and educate her.
The girl while being inside the walls of her house attempted a failed suicide being saved by the family members. The DCW reported, the words she uttered at first were: ‘please rescue me’. Further, the girl also disclosed how her family would show her videos from ‘love jihad’ claiming her boyfriend to be plotting against her.
She didn’t take any action against her parents and even didn’t ask for any hold against her boyfriend if he had moved on. She is under the protection of DCW in their shelter and is happy to be rescued from the life as bad as in a prison.
-prepared by Megha Sharma, a freelance contributor at NewsGram. Twitter: @meghash06510344
Mumbai: Director Lom Harsh is coming up with a patriotic drama- “Yeh Hai India”, which will addresses numerous issues before the country. The film would offer solutions to them in an entertaining manner and will also address issues like the JNU row and ‘intolerance’.
“It is depressing that our country is facing issues like what we recently witnessed at the JNU, and also the previous one, related to the intolerance debate.
“But the fact of the matter is that there is a deadlock on both these issues – that’s the story of most of the issues that take place in India, the media first hypes it, the government gets blamed, opposition parties attack it, and when the news gets stale, the media stops covering it and the matter is forgotten by the country, without anybody offering any solution.” he said.
“Even our films which address various topics, never offer solutions and even if they do, they’re unrealistic and cinematic,” he said, adding their film addresses these issues as well as others like poverty, gender bias, unemployment and other issues while also suggesting remedies to solve them.
“Not just issues, we are also highlighting the mammoth achievements and treasures of the country. And we are not giving any ‘gyan’, all this will be depicted in an entertaining and commercial manner while also inspiring the audiences,” he added.
“Yeh Hai India” stars Gavie Chahal, Deana Uppal, Ashutosh Kaushik, Antara Banerjee, Mogan Agashe, Mohan Joshi among others and is produced by Sandeep Choudhary under the banner of DLB Films Pvt Ltd. (IANS)
The Jawaharlal Nehru University’s invitation to yoga guru Ramdev to address the 22nd edition of the International Congress of Vedanta as the keynote speaker was met with protests from the students, who believed that Ramdev didn’t have the credibility required for a keynote speaker.
“It does not befit the stature of an academic institution like JNU to have persons with such a questionable and shameful background to address an academic gathering,” said Shehla Rashid Shora, the vice president of JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU).
Students from JNU, known for its strong student politics called the move a “silent Right-wing onslaught” and asked for a withdrawal of the invitation, failing which the University officials would have to face protests.
In the Twitter debate that almost immediately flared, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that the JNU, which was central government funded, should not take “fascist and stupid arguments” into consideration.
JNU is run 100% on central Govt funds and hence has no right the block Baba RAMDEV on contrived fascist and stupid arguments
The students claim that JNU cannot stand beside Baba Ramdev’s regressive ideology and opposed him addressing the lecture on the grounds that he is not an academician or a professor.
“The person in question harbours extreme hatred, bias and prejudice against various minorities — religious, gender and sexual minorities, and also against girl-child,” Shora stated, saying that this invitation would take JNU “several steps back.”
“His views on Indian science are not academically driven, but deeply ideologically grounded in a regressive and hegemonic understanding of what constitutes the ‘Vedic’ way of life. If anything, his views are anti-scientific,” another student said.
Does JNU students’ protest represent Lack of tolerance to debate?
However, according to Hindu tradition and philosophy, one’s merits are not judged by the certificates one holds, but rather by ones in-depth knowledge of the scriptures. In this light, Ramdev may well be asked to be present in the Vedanta conference on account of his knowledge on the subject.
In a statement to the Indian Express in late October this year, Baba Ramdev said the Union government would soon set up a Vaidik Education Board on the lines of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), and claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was “in agreement” for the same.
He stressed on the need for a “shiksha kranti” (revolution in education) and an indigenisation of education. He went on to speak of his aim to establish “700 gurukulam and acharyakulam all over the nation.”
“The board will be set up on the lines of the CBSE and Sanskrit will be compulsory from nursery to class 12,” Ramdev said. “We will teach Vedas, Upanishads, Ramayana and Mahabharat and the entire Vedic education and Ayurveda. The coursework will be modern but will be indigenised.”
Ramdev’s schools would follow the model established by ‘Acharyakulam,’ a Haridwar school run by him, which was inaugurated in April 2013 by PM Modi.
The prospectus of Acharyakulam claims that children “generally” gain “one percent” enlightenment every year, and adds that “with the help of intellectual efforts we can develop this enlightenment physically, intellectually and spiritually by one to ten percent.”
While advocating the intake of “sattvik” vegetarian food, and a dress sense “based on Bharatiya parampara,” the school’s rule-book also states that all general utility items should be sourced from Indian manufacturers.
“The students learn modernity through science, English, and grammar but they also need to know about the glorious past and our ideals which are missing in Bharat’s leaders today.”
This clearly establishes Ramdev’s bent of mind regarding Vedic values and a “swadeshi” education system, a discourse of which would only add to the Vedanta conference at JNU.The ‘ban’ being advocated ironically shows the intolerance amongst the masses and also finds ample number of supporters in the ensuing Twitter debate.