B K Nehru memorial lecture: Erosion of tolerance cause for anxiety, says J&K Governor N N Vohra

Vohra was speaking at the first B K Nehru Memorial Lecture at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development. The theme of his speech was “governance”.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:June 11, 2017 4:16 am
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Jammu & Kashmir Governor N N Vohra said here on Saturday that the “growing divisiveness” along caste and religious lines was straining community relations across the country, and the erosion in tolerance for different views and beliefs was a “cause for considerable anxiety”.

Vohra was speaking at the first B K Nehru Memorial Lecture at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development. The theme of his speech was “governance”.

Vohra called on the “political leadership” to “accept their responsibility, assume leadership and play a visibly pro-active role in promoting productive governance” to get rid of corruption, misgovernance and maladministration, saying “it would no longer do to attribute all our failures on various fronts merely to the deficiencies of the bureaucracy”.

The “most daunting” challenge of governance, Vohra said, was to reduce social and economic inequalities “without losing any more time”, as these inequities had the potential to “unleash confrontations and conflicts which could trigger chaos and disorder” across the country.
“For this reason alone, it is of vital importance to ensure that the administrative system, all over the country, functions in a manner which ensures against any injustice being done to our people, particularly to those who belong to the disadvantaged segments of our society and are already suffering,” he said.

Vohra has served as the union home secretary, defence secretary, and principal secretary to Prime Minister I K Gujral, and has been governor of J&K since 2008.

“Already in several parts of the country, community relations are being disturbed and disrupted by growing caste and religious divisiveness. This,” Vohra said, “is resulting in time honoured socio-cultural traditions and practices being questioned with unjustifiable aggressivity, leading to inter-community clashes and violence”.

While India was “rightly proud of our civilisational past and repeatedly keep reminding the world that the people of India are multi-religious, multi-cultural and multi-lingual, it is cause for considerable anxiety that our tolerance levels and traditional sensitivity to differing views and beliefs are witnessing erosion”, he said.

Vohra said it would be “beneficial” for the Centre and state governments to take “sustained initiatives for promoting an environment which imbues our people with values founded in equality and secularism and respect for the diversity of our numerous and far spread communities”.

There was “a need”, he said, “to make conscious efforts to learn, understand and appreciate the diversities of our various communities in regard to their views, beliefs, cultural practices, customs and habits”.

Vohra praised Jawaharlal Nehru — the first Prime Minister of India and an uncle of B K Nehru — as a leader whose idea of Independence was not just liberation from foreign rule, but “to change the whole structure of Indian society for bettering the lot of the vast masses of India”.

His only reference to Jammu & Kashmir was in recalling B K Nehru’s term as governor of the state from 1981 to 1984, and the differences he had with the Centre over the dismissal of the Farooq Abdullah government, the break-up of the National Conference, and the appointment of G M Shah, who led a faction of the NC, as the chief minister with support from the Congress.

Vohra called attention to the “serious challenges” facing national security, and pointed out that even after the Mumbai terror attacks, and more recently, the Pathankot attack, there was no countrywide apparatus that could safeguard the nation.

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    HOMER
    Jun 12, 2017 at 7:55 pm
    Sounds like this one belongs to Sonia! It's not intolerance when crooks traitors lovers servants of the Italian looter queen and Muslim league franchisees are exposed and neutralized!
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      avesta
      Jun 12, 2017 at 6:18 am
      Election commission RIGGED election in Kashmir in 1984. This is known fact. if your mind is not corrupted with cow dung and your eyes with cow mutra check it in google urself. EC is root cause of Kashmir problem. This has been appected by Indian Govt even. Farooq Abdullah wanted power and he and his family is foo all and everyone in Kashmir and India. He grabbed power by force otherwise kashmiris were happily living with India. This rigged election was cause for Kashmiri Independence struggle. His was a shepherd and poor man. Now they are having millions of Dollars in swiss banks, London and own lot of business. How...just think over it with cool mind.
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        HOMER
        Jun 12, 2017 at 7:57 pm
        If your head ever comes out from the white widow waitress looter Queen's behind you would have seen that the ruin of India began with the CHALU CHA CHA and his ACCURSED Dynasty!
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      2. பீ. காதிர்
        Jun 11, 2017 at 2:14 pm
        Governor's views would fall only on deaf ears
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          Ramesh Balan
          Jun 11, 2017 at 1:19 pm
          Lecture series on BK Nehru........what an irony
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            Onkar Singh
            Jun 11, 2017 at 1:19 pm
            Governor Vohra has been a Governor for a long time to have watched the events being pla out in the country, in general,and in Kashmir,in particular.Moreover,he is a sane voice speaking from his own involvement in how the government machinery and the Politicians function.His sense of grasp of the things panning out in the country are of a broad spectrum range: he is watching from close quarters the functioning of the bureaucracy, the police,the military, the para-military,the Judiciary,the educational system,and the Politicians coming from the different parties in Kashmir as well as the heartland of India.His words need to be heeded.He is not a blind follower.He is an educated person with grey matter in his head still intact.Hence his voice of concern,for the country as a w .He has no axe to grind.Nor look for a sinecure like a former CJI from the present dispensation!For the supporters of the present rulers his voice may not ring music in their ears.
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              Joji Cherian
              Jun 11, 2017 at 1:10 pm
              What ever governor Vohra said is correct. Absolutely so.But he should understand intention as well as the constraints of the present political dispensation.It came to power on the back of its intolerance to minorities.Only later they are trying to impose their Brahmanical agenda by imposing beef ban etc which is in essence depriving the Dalits and other deprived people cheap source of protein.Morality is not in the BJP's blood.It requires great courage,commitment and conviction to combine politics and morality as that great man , probably the only polymath statesman of last century, our own Jawaharlal Nehru could do. Sadly but not unexpectedly the present day fascist dispensation is trying to erase.
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                HOMER
                Jun 12, 2017 at 8:01 pm
                We the majority have been suppressed under the Islamic and Christian AGENDAS decades, now if the BJP is pushing for a HINDUTVA AGENDA IN HINDUSTAN you should accept it as we did! But you still.have stan to es ape to!? We have only HINDUSTAN!
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                Iii
                Jun 11, 2017 at 11:30 am
                Rightly said
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                  Johnny
                  Jun 11, 2017 at 11:24 am
                  In the name of democracy one family looted us for 65 years. In the name of secularism, Hindus were divided and Muslims got their own country. Yet they sta illegally in India and grew like pigs. In the other part of divided Hindustan the Sunni Muslims wiped out Hindus from Ppaakistan and Bbaangladesh. And from 1947 we had riots after riots. Only countrybwhich pays to send Muslims terroists to hujj. No Hindu nonchristian no Buddhist no one gets pilgrimage subsidy. Akbar Owaisi openly talks about wiping out Hindus. And all that was a good tolerance and secularism.
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                    HOMER
                    Jun 12, 2017 at 8:03 pm
                    Beautifully expressed response to the Muslim league franchisees and the Christian agenda of destroying India !
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