Rising Intolerance: A Perception or a Reality

Romila_Thapar_2340017gPTH is grateful to Abhinav Pandya for writing this for PTH on request. The views expressed here are entirely author’s own and PTH does not essentially agree with some of the points made in the article.

Abhinav Pandya

 

Off late, tweets, Facebook posts, blogs and editorials have been written about the rising intolerance and fear in world’s largest democracy called India. Prior to this, many famous media personalities, civil society leaders, opposition parties ,  intellectuals and artists  raised a voice in unison that India has become highly intolerant of dissent, minorities and anti-government opinions. In effect, this allegation was primarily directed against Prime Minister Modi and then against the BJP government.

Personally, for me the question becomes pertinent because in various international platforms I have represented India as a highly tolerant and multicultural society, so when people of the eminence of Irfan Habib and Romila Thapar talk of intolerance in India then the matter becomes worthy of investigation. This whole phenomenon of rising intolerance in a way coincided with the Bihar election campaign and the intense political churning that went on in India as a fallout of Bihar elections. This is the reason why the alleged phenomenon of increasing intolerance smacks of some dubious intentions. Surprisingly, the intellectual opinion and media coverage was heavily tilted in the favor of the ‘reality’ or ‘perception’ of rising intolerance. Now the question which arises is that:

Was it a reality in itself or it just a perception of a few which was being deliberately used to create an environment of intolerance to serve narrow political ends?

At this stage when the high-voltage political drama of Bihar elections is over and along with it also the award-vapsi (returning of the awards by artists as a protest against intolerance), one needs a rational investigation in this phenomenon because it has some very serious implications for India as, if it was just a perception which gained strength because of the 24-hour news channels and social media, then it proved itself capable enough to effect the course of elections, and it marks the onset of a dangerous trend which could just make the whole process of elections futile.

On a closer examination in an attempt to find causal relations between the events, it can be stated that a few scattered events across the country preceded this allegation of rising intolerance. Some of those incidents are the murder of writers like Kalburgi and Pansare, killing of Muhammad Akhlaq in Dadri over the rumour of beef-eating , killing of a person in Himachal who was allegedly trafficking cows, spilling of ink over Mr. Sudhindra Kulkarni (a public intellectual), during the inauguration of the book of Mr. Kasuri(ex-foreign minister of Pakistan) and lastly the spilling of ink over an MLA of J & K for throwing a beef party.

Now the question whether the few scattered incidents were the only rational basis for this global defamation of India or there was a hidden political agenda behind them needs a systematic investigation and critical analysis of the socio-political and cultural context, and the factual aspects of the aforementioned incidents. It was alleged that the writers were murdered by Hindu right-wing elements for their campaigns to expose sham miracles and godmen. The facts reveal that kalburgi was murdered in Karnataka (Congress ruled-state) and police has not yet found any substantial evidence proving the involvement of RSS or any other rightwing organization. The police (law and order) is a state subject in Indian constitution so the state government should be the first one to be questioned. Coming to Pansare, he was not just known for his anti-Hindu views, rather he was under threat for his campaign against toll-taxes and it is quite possible that he might have been killed by the toll-mafia. Finally, the murders of people who have opposed a religion are not just happening now i.e. in BJP’s government. They have happened earlier also and might as well happen in future because people are very sensitive and at times intolerant about their religious beliefs.  And, it’s not just that only anti-Hindu activists are threatened but also the anti-Muslim and anti-Christian activists.

The murder of Muhammad Ikhlaq in Dadri was again in a state where there is a non-BJP ruling party and its complicity in inciting communal passions still cannot be ruled out. Secondly, the question arises that if a rumor of beef-eating had arisen in Dadri in 1980s during the Congress rule, would the people have reacted in the same manner. The answer could be yes or no both, but one thing is sure that Hindus emotionally and ideologically would never have tolerated cow slaughter be it in congress regime or BJP regime. To what extent this particular incident could be attributed to Modi or BJP’s rule at the center is a question which any rational and sensible citizen is intelligent enough to decide for her or himself. Similarly, Shivsena’s activities are not anything new and not even surprising. Even during the Congress rule, the Shivsena had vandalized western food joints and thrashed couples on Valentine’s day.

Hence, it can be argued that the aforementioned incidents provide an extremely weak evidence to justify the allegation of increasing intolerance which can solely be attributed to the present BJP government. Of course, it cannot be denied that such incidents in general could be labelled as the signatures of intolerance, but this kind of intolerance has always prevailed in India. When the elite intellectuals talk of India’s liberal traditions and multiculturalism they must not equate it with the western models of secularism. Indian society with all its tolerance and diversity has its own distinct features. Essentially, Hindus are very sensitive about the caste and religious symbols like cow and so are Muslims, and over the centuries of interaction they have learned to respect each other’s religious sentiments. It can be seen in the fact that historically beef eating has not been popular even among the Muslims in India. The Muslim emperors like Mughals, Nawabs of Awadh and Bengal strongly discouraged cow-slaughter and in some cases even banned it.

Now something which raises doubts on the intentions of the scholars is their selective outrage at the incidents of intolerance and dissent. They were never found to be returning the awards after anti-sikh agitations, slaughter of Kashmiri Pandits, terrorist attacks of Mumbai, suppression of Taslima Nasreen and Salmaan Rushdie, forcible conversion in tribal areas and the chopping of the hands of Professor T.Joseph in 2010 in Kerala by a handful of Muslim extremists (http://pamelageller.com/2014/02/christian-professor-hands-chopped-muslim-mob-blasphemy-accusation-found-guilty.html/) . In my personal interactions with some retired bureaucrats of India, I was told that the phenomenon of ‘award-wapsi’ is also because of the fact the largesse of the state for writers have been curtailed and the writers returning the awards hope to be rewarded in the next government.

Having argued about the feeble grounds for the allegation of rising intolerance, I would like to point out the cases which, in a very strong manner, indicate a phenomenon of reverse intolerance i.e. the intolerance for the BJP government. When the ex-foreign minister Salman Khurshid bitterly criticizes the prime minister Modi in Pakistan, and the famous chaywala-hater Mr. Aiyar goes to the extent of asking Pakistan to remove Modi, one feels a little doubt full about the integrity of such people making allegations of intolerance. When historians like Romila Thapar and Irfan Habib compare RSS and other fringe organizations with ISIS and Al-quiada, they sound intellectually dishonest at the worst or intellectually out of context at the best. The kind of jubilation which one sees on the faces of prominent journalists over the defeat of Modi in Bihar elections, at the hands of not-so-progressive-and secular- forces, and over the foreign-sponsored protests against Modi in UK gives a reason not only to doubt the truth of manufactured-perceptions like ‘rising intolerance’, but also to believe that there is some kind of innate hatred for BJP or I guess Modi, in the media and intellectual circles.

In this exercise, I am in no way opposing the democratic norm of criticism and dissent and the religious intolerance which prevails in general. But, the point I want to drive home is that criticism has to be responsible, rational and mature. Media is a fourth pillar of democracy and if people lose faith in its integrity then it can be immensely hazardous for democracy. If the criticism comes with a single-minded agenda of vilifying existing government or Modi, then it ends up weakening the credibility of the opposition itself. Any kind of false perception cannot stand the test of time and wisdom. Later or sooner, people come to know the truth. And, if this happens then any genuine criticism in the future will always be seen with skepticism. Further, this kind of irresponsible criticism with vendetta often generates a very bad picture of India in the international community. Sometimes, sitting in the geographical boundaries we create the intellectual confines for us without realizing the international fall-outs of our statements and acts, especially in the age of fast-paced globalization and the internet world where everything gets viral in a flash of a second.

A responsible criticism would have initiated a healthy debate on the issues like cow-slaughter, returning of the awards, official scrutiny of the foreign funds for NGOs, inadequate progress on clean India campaign and administrative reforms.  An unbiased investigation will always result in rational argument. For example, while reporting about the scrutiny of foreign funds it should also be kept in mind that the unaccounted money coming through charities is being used for subversive activities.

In this entire exercise, I do not want to condone for all the instances of religious extremism or suppression of dissent. In fact, I wish to state it categorically that those instances of violence emanating from religious fundamentalism are reprehensible and condemnable in the harshest manner possible, and India as a nation must own them up and resolve for the root and branch removal of such intolerance. Lastly, it becomes intelligible to point out the inability of BJP to keep the ultra-right fringe elements in check as far as their public proclamations and activities are concerned. Many of them may not be officially related to BJP in any way but when the honesty of reportage is under doubt then there are all the chances that such elements would be presented as related to BJP and the government. Hence, the government must have a systematic policy on the issues of multiculturalism and religious plurality, governing and regulating such organizations and their activities. Further, the government must react in a pro-active manner to check the malign campaign and that can be done by setting-up an independent inquiry commission drawing its members from judiciary, civil society and academia which investigates the truth of rising intolerance in India.

  • Mohan

    Nagpur cricket pitch has also turned out to be totally intolerant. Batsman can’t stay on pitch despite every effort. It is felt that RSS is responsible for the intolerant pitch in Nagpur given it is in its backyard. Anushka is concerned and asked Kohli if his batting career was safe on such pitches or should they move to other country with more tolerant pitch. She was also speaking to Sania Mirza for inputs and advice. Clearly this was not the case in the Congress regime under the leadership of Manmohan where the pitches always remained silent for five days and sometimes for months. Under Modi’s India, pitches are talking and turning and showing no tolerance and cricketers are no longer feeling safe. Some cricketers have also threatened to return the World Cup under the Award Wapsi program.

  • rajiv pandit

    mohan bhai i was missing u.welcome.president of india and those who returned awards are on same frequency.todaay sohrabuddin brother is forced to return his application on amit shah from court.
    http://www.bbc.com/hindi/india/2015/11/151125_10_years_of_sohrabuddin_sheikh_encounter_aa
    so another killer after maya kodani and babu bajrangi escaped the justice.
    jahan rules of law na ho wahan dar to lagta hai.

  • johnny

    {{{Johny Bhai please write something for us. I will be grateful You can send it to me }}}

    Thanks RHR Sahib…I will definitely write..but better thing wud be you give me two-three topics and I will write on one of them..If I write something on my own, you may not be interested in it or you may already be knowing the subject. For my Pakistani friends, I wud like to inform them on “India’s Tyrst with Destiny-1947-2015”. It will not be about politics alone–it will be more about social and economic changes.

    Is that topic OK for you?

  • Majumdar

    Bhai Jaiho,
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    Cant say about Septic tank mian, but I will be looking fwd to it. And altho I am a saffron chaddi myself, wud like u to write something that sets safforn chaddis on fire. Nothing like a bit of controversy to get this site going again.
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    Regards

  • HP

    johnny, Here are a few suggestions you may want to write on:
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    (a) Why airplanes should be made from the material the black box is made of.
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    (b) How to get a spouse to hand over the remote.
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    (c) Why Men should never wear skinny jeans.
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    (d) A majority of vegetarians don’t love animals.
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    (e) How to persuade someone to take the blame for your mistake.
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    And, if you are inclined to follow Majumdar’s suggestion,
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    (f) How to create a cult following easily with so many dumb people around.

  • Nobody

    Johnny Bhai send it to Syracuse, RHR septic tanky, is no longer at Cornell, a place he secured admission into by selling the blood of his people killed via US drones.

  • Nobody

    Posting on behalf of masadi sahib,

    “Septic Tanky writes, “I wish I was myself a drone operator. Love drones!”m
    I posted a response to your crap lies on drones and you deleted it because you couldn’t answer it asshole. Drone operators in AmeriKKKa are suicidal and go crazy because they cannot justify the killing of civilians and the double tap where helpers of those civilians are also butchered. Nine civilians are killed for every one known militant, that the western and pakistani sellout media labels those 9 civilians conveniently as “militants” predominantly women and children is quite telling regarding Mirzai and their supporter’s inhumanity. Also the psychological effect on the whole population of these buzzing mosquitoes has been documented, also the violation of international law where these fuckers act as judge jury and executioner, together with weakening the nation state system and acting as tools of mass recruitment by the terrorists has also been documented. You support drones because you are a butcher of Muslims and Pakistanis and that it gives credence to AmeriKKKa’s carnage, the farcial war on terror by acting as stimulus to recruit and harden CIA directed terrorists.
    1. Drone operators in AmeriKKKa are suicidal and go crazy because they cannot justify the killing of civilians and the double tap where helpers of those civilians are also butchered.
    2. Nine civilians are killed for every one known militant, that the western and pakistani sellout media labels those 9 civilians conveniently as “militants” predominantly women and children is quite telling regarding AmeriKKKan, Mirzai and their supporter’s inhumanity.
    3.The psychological effect on the whole population of these buzzing mosquitoes has been documented.
    4. The violation of international law where these fuckers act as judge jury and executioner, together with weakening the nation state system, is noteworthy.
    5.acting as tools of mass recruitment by the terrorists has also been documented
    6.Justifies impersonal killing of people, cheapening all human life as a result.
    The claim that some “major” figures have been killed by drones, i) does not justify the butchery of civilians ii) does not justify the violation of borders and the weakening of nation states that results in further terrorism iii) does not justify psychological terrorizing of entire populations iv) does not justify violation of international law v) does not justify the big powers acting as judge jury and executioner and not giving the accused a chance in court. vi) does not damage the terrorist organization, new leaders are framed as even more ruthless than the ones killed.”

  • Mohan

    Reproducing a piece written by an anguished citizen of India. ( Received by email )
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    Amidst a fake atmosphere of Intolerance being created in India, in the last 1 month, I owe my version of what I, a Muslim lady, living and working in India feel like. This has been due from me since sometime. Now, I feel the water has gone above the head and I too need to share my views. So, here it is.
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    I am a Muslim lady, a practicing dermatologist by profession and I run my own high- end laser skin clinic, in Bangalore. I was brought up in Kuwait and at the age of 18, came to India to pursue medical education. I decided to stay back in India while almost all my friends left India for greener pastures. Not even once did I consider that being a Muslim could create a problem for me, as my sense of nationalism held me back to my roots and so here I am, serving my country since the last 20 years.
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    I studied in Manipal, Karnataka. I lived alone like all students do. While I was in college, all my professors were Hindus and almost all the people who I would interact with were Hindus as well. There is not a single incident when anyone showed partiality towards me based on my gender or religion. Every single one of them was kind and in fact sometimes, I felt as though they made an extra effort to make feel like I was one of them. I am ever so grateful to all of them for making my life in Manipal as comfortable as it could get.
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    After leaving Manipal, I relocated to Bangalore with my husband. By then I had been married and so we decided to make our life in Bangalore. There is a reason, why we chose Bangalore and here is where I will talk about my husband. He is a Muslim too, with a very typical first name, Iqbal. He is an aerospace engineer with MTech from IIT-Chennai and PhD from Germany. His profession takes him to the most highly secured organizations of India, like DRDO, NAL, HAL, GTRE, ISRO, IISc, BHEL; you name it and be assured that he has visited all of them without any hassles. Not even once he has been stripped off or asked for special security clearance or any such bias has been shown towards him. And NO, things have not changed even after Modi gov came into power. Things are in fact more disciplined and streamlined even at government organizations, from what I hear from my husband. As a matter of fact, Iqbal has been completely stripped each time he traveled to US and was under secret surveillance while he was doing his PhD in Germany, after the 9/11 attacks on US. We literally received a letter from the German government that he has been cleared and is not anymore under suspicion. Talk about Muslim paranoia! Its very understandable too due to the current situations in the world. My husband is highly respected and loved by the people he works with, and all of them happen to be Hindus. None of this has changed even in recent times, so Intolerance is just a word for us on a practical basis.
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    I opened my clinic last year, just before Modi gov came into power. I am a law-abiding citizen and I file my taxes like service tax on a monthly basis. I have never indulged in any activities, which could put me into any kind of trouble. I am comfortably running my clinic, which is doing very well, thanks to all my patients and clients, who all happen to be Hindus. A handful of my patients are from other communities. My entire staff is Hindu, and believe me when I say that they take better care of my clinic than I could any day! I interact with bankers, government officers and with so many people on a daily basis. Not even once in the last 20 years, did I have the need to even think of leaving India! My entire family lives abroad and all that I need to do is just decide that I don’t want to stay here. I have open offers of opening clinic in Kuwait, which would fetch me huge amount of revenue and yet why should I stay in India, if I am not happy and if I am facing any kind of bias?
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    In Kuwait, we are considered as NOBODY. Yes, despite being in Kuwait for the last 40 years or so, my family is still considered as expatriates, with no rights. We need to renew our resident permit periodically and the laws there constantly keep changing, making the life of expatriates only harder. We have to strictly comply with their rules and laws, which is fine but we are openly discriminated. They consider Asians as third grade people, while giving preference to their citizens, Arabs and Whites. We are not unhappy there but we have no sense of belonging either. At least, I never had and never have even when I visit Kuwait now. We are Muslims in a Muslim country, and yet we are considered as Indians with no special regards. I figured long back ago, that India is the only country, where I will have a sense of belonging. You are an Indian-American in US, Indian-Canadian in Canada, Indian-British in UK and so on but only in India you are an Indian. Period. Rest can say whatever they want and defend their choices but this is a fact. You can only feel at home, in your own home. I have lived in different places and everywhere I stand out but in India. No body in India asks me, ‘Are you an Indian?’, and this is what makes all the difference.
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    So, what are these celebrities ranting about? An ordinary citizen like my husband and I are not facing any such issues, then what have they faced? Why is Amir Khan’s wife, Kiran Rao feeling so afraid? They are prominent people, living in posh localities, their children study in the best of schools and they have personal security escorting them at all times. I travel alone everyday and yet don’t feel afraid. I want to know as a responsible citizen, from Amir Khan and Shahrukh Khan as well, why did they make such irresponsible statements and spoil the image of the 13 crores of Muslims in India? Who the hell are they to make public statements based on their personal perception? Who gave them the liberty to tarnish the image of my country on an International level, that Muslims are not safe in India? How dare Pakistan invites them to stay in Pakistan? I feel hurt when I read the statements of my Hindu friends on Muslims. I feel afraid that they are being pushed to the limit and the tolerance and acceptance that I have enjoyed all these years, might just vanish! I feel afraid that my own people might shun me and I may get alienated in my own country, because of a handful of ungrateful bunch of fools! How long can I expect majority of Hindus to tolerate this nuisance? It’s high time that Muslims understand the value of the freedom and acceptance that we enjoy in India and if not, I pray that my Hindu fellow citizens continue to keep their patience.

    – Sofiya Rangwala

  • johnny

    HP Sahib,

    Your suggestions are exemplary..I will try to take the challenge..its a sure way to Nobel!!!!!!!Nobel!!!!Nobel!!!!.

    Agar Nobel nahi bhi mila to Sahitya Academy Award tau pucca hi hai..and for good… of late,it is commanding more value than a Nobel…

  • johnny

    But friends, I have decided..I will write shortly on ITWD 1947-2015—nikale the kehan jaane ke liye ,pahoonchey haiN kehan _______????

  • Nobody

    Johnny, welcome to the dishonorable list of farticle writers for tatti house. Your stench will be duly place in the hall of stain of paktatti house.

  • Mohan

    “Tolerant” congress has threatened Bloodbath if anyone tries to review or amend the constitution.
    ..
    How many time have Congress amended constitution ?

  • Nobody

    Mohan, don’t worry about bloodbath, like septic tanky, you all are averse to any kind of bath, which might explain the stench every time you post.

  • Majumdar

    Bhai Jaiho,
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    I am sure the first thing you will do after getting the award will be to return them.
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    Regards

  • Nobody

    @HP: “Why airplanes should be made from the material the black box is made of.”

    Kryptonite is in limited supply, the planet where it came from was destroyed.

  • Nobody

    Maj-umdar, masadi sahib has given his mantle of wit to me, sorry but he cannot continue posting here, I will do my best to fill his shoes which is an insurmountable task, but alas, great folk like him cannot be replicated.

  • Majumdar

    That’s why said “Nobody can match Masadi sb”
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    Regards

  • hellfire

    masadi = nobody. How apt.

  • Arzu

    Masadi/nobody… U r too good
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    HP dada.. You too have a sense of humour..
    🙂

  • Mohan

    Withdraw Convocation Invite to PM Narendra Modi: Jamia University Alumni to Vice Chancellor
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    NEW DELHI: Jamia Millia Islamia University’s invite to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the convocation has triggered a strong reaction among some of the alumni who have written to the Vice Chancellor urging him to “withdraw” it in view of the comments made by Modi against the University in 2008.
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    The letter jointly written by Asad Ashraf (2007-2010) and Mahtab Alam (2001-2003) batch has been signed by over 50 registered members of the alumni association of Jamia Millia Islamia. However, Jamia has ruled out any such possibility.
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    “We, the ex-students of Jamia, are writing to you to express our deep anguish and grief on your invitation to Narendra Modi to be the chief guest at annual convocation. We are anguished and shocked because, he along with his party members, have been constantly involved in spreading rumours and hatred about the university,” the letter by alumni said.
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    “We have a very simple request to you, withdraw the invitation or at least ask him to render a public apology about his own malicious and incorrect statement before he attends the convocation,” the letter added.
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    Jamia had earlier this month sent an invite to Prime Minister Modi to be the chief guest at its annual convocation this year. However, the university has not received any acceptance or acknowledgment from the PMO so far in this regard.
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    Prime Minister Modi had attacked Jamia in 2008 after the Batla House encounter in September that year.
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    Addressing a gathering in Gujarat, he had said, “There is a university in Delhi called Jamia Millia Islamia. It has publicly announced that it will foot the legal fee of terrorists involved in act. Go drown yourself. This Jamia Millia is being run on government money and it is daring to spend money on lawyers to get terrorists out of jail. When will this vote bank politics end?”
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    Prime Minister Modi’s comments had come following a statement by then Jamia VC Mushirul Hasan that the university would offer legal aid to two of its students arrested for their suspected involvement in terror activities.
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    The letter by the alumni also quotes senior BJP senior leader VK Malhotra’s comments made ahead of Lok Sabha polls last year that “Jamia and Batla are safe houses for terrorists”.
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    The letter further states that, “Modi’s comments had led to an environment, where every student of Jamia or its ex-student was seen with suspicion of being potential terrorists”.
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    However, asserting that it will not withdraw its invite, Jamia spokesperson Mukesh Ranjan said, “Jamia has been inviting constitutional authorities for its convocation since its inception.
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    Similarly, an invite has been extended to the Prime Minister because of him being a constitutional authority who has also been elected by the people of India.”
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    “The students or the alumni are free to have their opinion in the democratic country but we are looking forward to host Modi at the university and will announce the convocation date as soon as we get a suitable time from him,” he added.

  • Abdul Kalam

    Hindu girl gangraped by Muslim men: Not taken back by her community, beaten up by wives of rapists to follow Islam.
    https://t.co/aL4prqhoXe

    Let’s see how many are returning awards.

  • Abdul Kalam

    Any Outrage ? Any award vapsi? Anyone threatened to leave India ?
    St. Francis school watchmen refused to convert to Christianity.. He was removed from job https://t.co/CLv98NZJeO

  • Abdul Kalam

    Can anyone honestly, specially whoever claims to be a liberal, define intolerance. Books, movies, art ban ? Communal tensions/Killings? Crimes? Suppression of FOE? What has increased specifically in last 18 months?
    No perception please. If anyone gives me a hard data, I will be highly obliged.

  • Intolerant Indian

    5. Over the past many years, we have heard many heated debates on how our history text books are skewed towards one line of thinking. Your party has also been in the forefront of this debate. How do you plan to address this?
    6. For far too long, we have debated only about history and social sciences. There is very little focus on the problems that plague our science education right from school to college levels. What is your view and how are you going to tackle this problem?
    7. RTE or Right to Education is another hotly debated topic on the social media. Sadly it is not debated much on main stream media. In fact you have even met with a prominent blogger who has done some phenomenal research on RTE what, in your view, are the short comings of this law? How do you plan to address them? What are the political implications of such moves? Given your mandate, how much risk are you willing to take on modifying this law?
    8. For far too long, we have heard of a lethargic and a stubborn bureaucracy. Could you shed some light on how your work experience has been so far? Is it easy to push new and innovative ideas within the existing system?
    9. There seems to be a wide gap in government’s communication strategy. Many feel that the pre 2014 momentum in disseminating information and facts is missing. Some even suggest that some amount of complacency has creeped in. Would you agree/ where do you think the government is faltering when it comes to Communication?
    10. Primary role of HRD Ministry is education in the country. Digital India is a big initiative of the government. How are you planning to incorporate Digital India in education?
    PS: When Smriti Irani asked Barkha Dutt why she doesn’t cover the inputs received from villages on the new education policy, Barkha’s answer was – that’s a fair question. Like I keep telling, we deserve a better media.
    ..
    – See more at: https://www.myind.net/media-questions-india-smriti#sthash.DVPl2UlJ.dpuf

  • Doesn’t India deserve a Media that asks relevant Questions?
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    MyInd Columnist S.Sudhir Kumar watched much talked about interview of Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani with Barkha Dutt. After watching the Interview he felt disappointed. He sent us a set of questions that we reproduce here. These are the questions that Sudhir feels should have been asked that would give us a better insight into the working of the HRD Ministry.
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    There was a lot of buzz on the social media about Smriti Irani’s excellent interview to Barkha Dutt (Watch it here), in which she gave great counters to the questions posed. Much against my wish, I watched the interview, hoping to get some insights into her work. What I heard instead was questions on Madhu Kishwar (yes, I am not kidding. Barkha spent time discussing Madhu Kishwar), Dinanath Batra, Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Rahul Gandhi, 2019 elections etc. Even when Smriti Irani was talking about policy and achievements, the topic was being immediately diverted. This is not the first time that the members of the Lutyens media club did a shoddy job interviewing the country’s HRD Minister. Rajdeep’s drubbing at her hands is still fresh in our memory.

    There is little value in dissecting the interviews. Instead it is important for us, the people of the country, to know the actual working of the HRD Ministry under Smriti Irani.
    If I were to get a chance to interview Smriti Irani today, here is what I would ask (not in the order of priority).
    1. You have recently claimed that separate toilets for boys and girls have been built in all government schools. All within a year. How was this achieved?
    2. Constructing toilets is a big step, a good step, but providing water supply and maintaining cleanliness is also very important. How does the government plan to tackle this problem?
    3. Mygov.in has seen tens of thousands of inputs for the proposed New Education Policy. We have also heard that you are seeking opinions right from the village level. Can you explain this process?
    4. How do you plan to coherently accumulate all these inputs and then evolve an entirely new policy? Isn’t it too chaotic?

    5. Over the past many years, we have heard many heated debates on how our history text books are skewed towards one line of thinking. Your party has also been in the forefront of this debate. How do you plan to address this?
    6. For far too long, we have debated only about history and social sciences. There is very little focus on the problems that plague our science education right from school to college levels. What is your view and how are you going to tackle this problem?
    7. RTE or Right to Education is another hotly debated topic on the social media. Sadly it is not debated much on main stream media. In fact you have even met with a prominent blogger who has done some phenomenal research on RTE what, in your view, are the short comings of this law? How do you plan to address them? What are the political implications of such moves? Given your mandate, how much risk are you willing to take on modifying this law?
    8. For far too long, we have heard of a lethargic and a stubborn bureaucracy. Could you shed some light on how your work experience has been so far? Is it easy to push new and innovative ideas within the existing system?
    9. There seems to be a wide gap in government’s communication strategy. Many feel that the pre 2014 momentum in disseminating information and facts is missing. Some even suggest that some amount of complacency has creeped in. Would you agree/ where do you think the government is faltering when it comes to Communication?
    10. Primary role of HRD Ministry is education in the country. Digital India is a big initiative of the government. How are you planning to incorporate Digital India in education?
    PS: When Smriti Irani asked Barkha Dutt why she doesn’t cover the inputs received from villages on the new education policy, Barkha’s answer was – that’s a fair question. Like I keep telling, we deserve a better media.
    ..
    – See more at: https://www.myind.net/media-questions-india-smriti#sthash.DVPl2UlJ.dpuf

  • haroon

    Noted author Arundhati Roy today alleged that the Narendra Modi-led government was “promoting Brahmanism” in the name of “Hindu Rashtravad”, and word like “intolerance” is inadequate to describe the “fear” in which the minorities are presently living, prompting protest from right-wing activists, who dubbed her an “anti-national.

    Irked by Roy’s presence at a function here, where she was presented an award instituted after social reformer Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, activists of BJP’s student wing, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) staged a noisy protest at the venue.

    After receiving the Mahatma Phule Equality award, she claimed the word “intolerance” is inadequate to describe the “fear” in which the minorities in the country are now living.

    Slamming the Modi government, she alleged it was promoting “Brahmanism” in the name of “Hindu Rashtravad.”

    Roy, a Booker Prize winner, also alleged that the BJP was trying to “glorify” social reformers in the country as “great Hindus” and cited

    Dr B R Ambedkar as one of them, though he had left the Hindu religion.

    “The history is being re-written and national institutions are being taken over by the government,” she further alleged.

    Raising slogans against Roy, ABVP activists called her “anti-national, pro-Pakistan and anti-Indian Army”, before they were rounded up by police.

    The ABVP, in a memorandum handed over to the organisers, Mahatma Phule Samata Parishad, alleged that Roy, by her “anti-national” stand, had hurt the sentiments of all Indians.

    On the occasion, NCP leader and former Maharashtra minister Chhagan Bhujbal said the BJP need to learn its lesson from the Bihar Assembly polls result and Prime Minister Narendra Modi should control the party’s “fringe elements” indulging in “intolerant talks

  • haroon

    Abdul Kalam says:
    November 28, 2015 at 6:21 am
    Hindu girl gangraped by Muslim men: Not taken back by her community, beaten up by wives of rapists to follow Islam

    kalam 5000 hindu dalit are raped daily by caste hindus.rape of hindu girl is daily affair in delhi.it has nothing to do with hindu or muslim.but u fabricate stories when muslim is involve.only deep enquiry can expose truth.then law shoild take its course.

  • haroon

    ere is a university in Delhi called Jamia Millia Islamia. It has publicly announced that it will foot the legal fee of terrorists involved in act

    mohan,…police always arrest innocent muslim on fake charges,could not prove anything against them in court in last 15 years.
    batala house encounter was for hawala dealer.police used to take 30 crores for every murder.to finish witness few more were killed.inspector sharma reached to site to be part of booty.killed by his his own constable.

    now modiji should be invited as he prime minister of india.working hard to give india new modern direction.police arrested up boys 17 yrs old came new from village.

  • Lucky Nepal

    TimesNow: All Indian news channels blocked in Nepal: Reports

  • haroon

    Abdul Kalam says:
    November 28, 2015 at 10:15 am
    Can anyone honestly, specially whoever claims to be a liberal, define intolerance. Books, movies, art ban ? Communal tensions/Killings? Crimes? Suppression of FOE? What has increased specifically in last 18 months

    kalam saheb ,what aamir said few days ago ,kamal hassan said the same last year.but nobody threatened him.how he was treated.hindu mahasabha threatened to kill him.

    dadri event was a terrorist act chief perpetuator is given apj kalam house to live.it was supposed to be repeated at 1000s of places.public opinion was being created in low middle class hindus,achcha hua.
    hindu is plural religion.hindutva is singular so dangerous for everybod.

  • haroon
  • Madarsa sex row: Kerala cleric slams Rajeena, questions women’s capability
    Sunni cleric Sulthanul Ulama A.P. Abubakar Musliyar Kanthapuram questioned how many women can perform heart transplants.
    ..
    Two days after journalist VP Rajeena was threatened and intimidated in Kerala after she exposed alleged child sex abuse at a Sunni madarsa in Kozhikode district of the state, a leading Sunni cleric on Saturday made some derogatory remarks against her.
    Rejecting Rajeena’s alleations, Sulthanul Ulama A.P. Abubakar Musliyar Kanthapuram questioned women’s capability to perform in different fields. Kanthapuram questioned how many women can perform heart transplants.
    Also read: What sparked the madarsa controversy? What did VP Rajeena write?
    “Apart from doctors where can you find lady doctors who have reached high positions,” the Kerala cleric said.
    When questioned about the child sex abuse incident at a madarsa in Kerala, the cleric said, “We don’t have any information about any such incident. If you say any such incident happened, give us the proof and we will look into the matter”.
    Kanthapuram’s comments came after Rajeena said that Islam opposes patriarchy but still women have been targeted for expressing their views.
    The Facebook account of journalist VP Rajeena was blocked after she put out a post about child sex abuse during her time at a madarsa in Kerala on November 21.
    Rajeena, a journalist working with the Media One Group, wrote a detailed post on Facebook about how she and her classmates were unwitting victims of pedophiles at a Sunni madarsa in Kozhikode, Kerala. Her post went viral with over 1,700 users sharing it and attracted a lot of abuses and threats from members of the Muslim community.
    Also read: FB account blocked over child sex abuse details of madarsa in Kerala
    Rajeena wrote about how an ‘Ustad’ at a Sunni madarsa in Kozhikode, popularly known as Calicut, which lies in north Kerala, sexually molested her male classmates.
    The post says that young males were asked to unzip their shorts by the ‘Ustad’ over measurement of their size. It also says that an ‘Ustad’ over the age of 60 sexually abused minor girls during power cuts.
    VP Rajeena said, “Islam opposes patriarchy but still women have been targeted for expressing their views.”
    The events, Rajeena’s Facebook posts says, were spread out across her six years at the madarsa.
    Rajeena started receiving threats after she put up the post, which made her write another post in which she said that despite everything, she would remain fearless.
    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/madarsa-sex-row-kerala-cleric-slams-rajeena-questions-womens-capability/1/533897.html

  • 66 Lakhs people have got RS. 42000 crore through Mudra Yojna and we came to this from the programme ‘Mann ki Baat’. No media outlet bothers to inform the public.

  • When the king becomes stronger and controls the nation, petty thieves, terrorists and traitors feel the heat and complain of intolerance in the society – Chanakya – 371-283 BC

  • haroon

    kaifi azmi,..father of shabana azmi returned padam shree years before when he was told that ,those call for urdu as second language.should be force to sit on donkey with face blackened.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4rcaZ30-ak
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    A Sikh responds to Aamir Khan

  • haroon

    for better and secured future lacs of gujratis left india change passport.they are still deshbhakt.

    kamal hassan said the same last year.then everybody was silent.crimes and rapes to bhad hee gaye hain.kya naee baat kahee hai.daily hazaro sikhs country chod ke jaa rahe hain.

  • ATUL

    TO WHOEVER HAS SPREAD THIS QUOTE “When the king becomes stronger and controls the nation, petty thieves, terrorists…” MIND YOU THERE IS NO REFERENCE FOUND WHERE CHANKYA HAD SAID THIS. THIS IS FAKE QUOTE HAS BEEN PUT IN HIS MOUTH. PLEASE POST ANY REFERENCE OF BOOK WHERE HE HAS SAID THIS.

  • haroon

    atul u are right…. are born liars.for them it is very normal.hate is their duty and lie staple food.this is how they devide socity and nation by joining hands with britishers.hurting india is their main aim.take money run away maurituis dubai or america.war is good money minting bussines.

  • Transfer-posting raj ends
    How the PMO dismantled the sleazy nexus of power, cash and influence at the heart of the Delhi Durbar.
    ..
    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/transfer-posting-raj-ends/1/531599.html

  • Malayalam Film director Ali Akbar says Mullah in Madrassa sodomized him when he was a kid. Where’s the Film Fraternity? Aamir Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Shabana Azmi and all other liberal film stars?

  • Why Sanskrit is the most Scientific language and loved by NASA? Find out yourself
    http://hawkfeed.com/2015/11/27/20151127why-sanskrit-is-the-most-scientific-language-and-loved-by-nasa-find-out-yourself/

  • Lokmat Group threatened after cartoons on ISIS. Deafening silence from our AwardWapsi + pseudoliberal mafia + plus liberal movie stars
    Media house attacked over cartoons

    MUMBAI, NOV 30, 2015, DHNS
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    The office of Lokmat, a prominent newspaper group, was attacked in a couple of places in Maharashtra, and copies of the Sunday edition were burnt at several places, over a derogatory image.

    The article and graphics – ‘ISIS cha Paisa’ (ISIS’s money), that appeared in supplement Manthan of Lokmat, the Marathi daily, has irked the members of the Muslim community.

    Meanwhile, the editor of the daily has extended immediate apology for the derogatory image with an assurance that it will take action against the guilty for the publication of image. An FIR, too was registered.

    Security at all the Lokmat offices across Maharashtra has been beefed up. “We are monitoring the situation and we request the people to help us maintain peace,” a top Maharashtra Police official said.
    – See more at: http://m.deccanherald.com/content/514726/media-house-attacked-over-cartoons.html/#sthash.mwedTdVn.dpuf

  • haroon

    did u send ur son in any of these schools.vedic invaders brought this language with them.

  • In india, only left leaning people, secularists, liberals have the right for labels like ‘intellectuals’, ‘true historians’ or ‘tolerant’ certifying authority
    ..
    ikram Sampath quits Bangalore Lit Fest, distressed at attack on free speech
    “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
    – See more at: http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/vikram-sampath-quits-bangalore-lit-fest-distressed-attack-free-speech-36392#sthash.rSgN1U8V.fEibQg1i.dpuf

  • haroon

    http://www.assam123.com/footage-obtained-from-mccain-staffer-shows-isil-executions-shot-in-studio-2/

    films against isis savagary are prepared in ukraine and given to media to pulish.mosul is city of 1.2 million cannot be controlled by force.

  • haroon
  • : In last 24 hours peacefuls caught spying for ISI, disrespecting national anthem, attacking news studios for cartoon against ISIS. Should I be scared ?

  • haroon

    asd

  • haroon

    if u are not scared it means u are brave.