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Intolerance jibe ploy of Modi’s political opponents: Venkaiah Naidu

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New Delhi: Union minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday claimed the perception about “rising intolerance” in the country and was being manufactured by “certain sections that are against PM Narendra Modi”  and hit out at the Congress for taking the issue up with President Pranab Mukherjee amid suggestions that the issue may rock the upcoming winter session of parliament.

“They are meeting the president to talk about rising intolerance. The Congress talking about intolerance is the joke of the century. It is like the devil quoting the scriptures,” Naidu told reporters here, claiming the Congress was not reconciled to being in the opposition and was “intolerant to the people’s mandate” that chose Modi as the prime minister.

The statement comes in the wake of criticism from a cross section, prominently global credit agency Moody’s, and expression of concern by top business leaders like Narayan Murthy and Kiran Majumdar Shaw as well as Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan.

Asked about concerns business leaders expressed last week over the vitiated atmosphere, Naidu said: “That’s not the words and phraseology they used. Some of them are misleading; others are misread.” He, however, conceded that some voices were “well-meaning” and were “naturally concerned”. “Our objection is to all these incidents being linked to PM Modi.”

He also cited “atrocities” committed in Congress ruled-states and in states ruled by “Congress-friendly parties”.

“The Dadri incident happened in Uttar Pradesh where the Samajwadi Party is in power and friendly to Congress. M.M. Kalburgi’s killing happened in Karnataka that is Congress-ruled, rationalist Narendra Dabholkar was killed in Maharashtra in August 2013 when the Congress was in power in the state. These incidents are primarily being quoted to justify the sense of outrage,” he said.

Hitting out at writers, artistes and other intellectuals protesting the sudden rise in communal attacks in the country, Naidu asked where these “conscience-keepers” were when genocide was committed against the Sikhs after Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination in 1984.

“Conscience keepers were silent during the Emergency, when judges were superseded, when fundamental rights were violated, when the constitution was amended to favour one individual and when thousands were sterilized forcibly and MPs were jailed,” he said.

“They had a genocide against Sikhs and their leader (then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi) justified it saying, ‘when a big banyan tree falls, the earth shakes’. Local Congress leaders led the riots against Sikhs all over India. Their silence was conspicuous during the mass exodus and genocide of Kashmiri Pandits in the Kashmir Valley. Now they are complaining of intolerance,” he said.

He said there was no outrage when “Prof. T.J. Joseph’s right palm was chopped off by the Popular Front of India in 2010, a friendly party of Congress in the state of Kerala, for allegedly insulting the Prophet”.

“Marxists goons entered a classroom in Kerala and hacked to death K.T. Jayakrishnan in front of his students in Kannur district. Marxist rebel T.P. Chandrasekharan was murdered in 2012. He had 51 grave cuts and slashes all over his body,” said Naidu. He also referred to the attack on Dalits in Haryana’s Mirchpur when 70-year-old Tara Chand and his 18-year-old disabled daughter were burnt to death in 2010 under the rule of then chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda of Congress.

About BJP president Amit Shah’s statement in a poll rally in Bihar that if the party lost in the state, crackers will be burst in Pakistan, Naidu sought to dismiss the statement. “That is election campaign. The BJP president has clarified his statement,” he said.

(IANS)

 

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Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu Feels Need to Protect Mother Tongue

Earlier in the day, Naidu paid condolences to the family of late Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who died after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer on March 17

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Urban Development Minister of India M. Venkaiah Naidu. Twitter

Unlike the Latin American countries, India due to its size, tradition and wisdom withstood attempts by the Western colonisers to destroy its indigenous culture, Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu said here on Sunday.

Addressing students and officials at the National Institute of Oceanography, Naidu said along with the economic reforms, India attracted investments from other countries because it is one of the world’s oldest surviving civilisations.

“I have been to Latin American countries. I asked people there about their mother tongue and whether they were promoting it or not. Many of them do not even know their mother tongue,” Naidu said.

“When I asked them what happened, they said we were under Spain and our language got lost,” he said.

“The colonial rulers first try to attack your culture and then destroy everything. British tried it in context of India. They made English a qualification for jobs, but because of our size, culture and wisdom of people they could not succeed,” he said.

Venkaiah Naidu
Venkaiah Naidu. Wikimedia Commons

Naidu said the mother tongue helps articulate original thoughts, which make it imperative for everyone to learn and understand it.

The Vice-President also said the global business community were keen on investing in India not just because of recent economic reforms and stability, but also because of the ancient Indian civilisation and culture.

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“People appreciate of our culture because we are one of the oldest civilisations. We have never attacked any country,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Naidu paid condolences to the family of late Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who died after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer on March 17. (IANS)