Nirmala Sitharaman on Not In My Name protest: Cannot be selective in condemning violence

"(The 'Not In My Name' protest) seems to be a bit selective in nature... Lynching is happening elsewhere too. People are being lynched in Kerala based on ideologies, there is lynching happening in West Bengal, Kashmiri pundits were lynched out of Kashmir," the minister said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 29, 2017 8:08 pm
Nirmala Sitharaman, Not in My Name protest, mob lynching, Narendra Modi Nirmala Sitharaman said that nobody can take the law into their own hands ‘for whatever purpose’. (File Photo)

Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday said people should not be ‘selective’ when condemning violence and asked those who held the ‘Not In My Name’ protest yesterday to hold demonstrations in Kerala and West Bengal too. Answering questions as part of a #AskNirmala Twitter campaign, she added that nobody can take the law into their own hands ‘for whatever purpose’.

“(The ‘Not In My Name’ protest) seems to be a bit selective in nature… Lynching is happening elsewhere too. People are being lynched in Kerala based on ideologies, there is lynching happening in West Bengal, Kashmiri pundits were lynched out of Kashmir,” she was quoted as saying by PTI.

Read: At Jantar Mantar: Not in my name, I came here to break the silence. Click here.

Thousands of people staged a protest against mob lynching on Wednesday in various cities across the country including New Delhi, Kolkata, Allahabad, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Patna, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Lucknow, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram. This protest was spearheaded by filmmaker Saba Dewan, in light of the death of 15-year-old Junaid Khan, who was lynched by a mob on a Mathura-bound train.

Also read: Narendra Modi warns cow vigilantes: Killing in the name of gau bhakti is unacceptable. Click here.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke his silence on the issue today while speaking at the centenary celebrations of the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad in Gujarat. He said, “Killing people in the name of cow is unacceptable. No one has the right to take law into his/her hands. We belong to a land of non-violence. Violence is not the solution to any problem.” He added that Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation, would not approve of such incidents.

 

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    Lovely
    Jun 30, 2017 at 6:35 am
    Fight between two groups is being given communal colour by media.
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      kulaputra kulaputra
      Jun 30, 2017 at 6:01 am
      Why all this fuss. 2019 is still far away isn't the left blowing away political capital already ? just wait for a while please.
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      1. S
        s s nair
        Jun 30, 2017 at 5:33 am
        Why so late, you were waiting Modi to speak first.
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          Lovely
          Jun 30, 2017 at 7:13 am
          She is Minister can speak any time. Any problem?Already Naidu , Prasad and Naqvi spoke.
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          Curious onlooker
          Jun 30, 2017 at 4:45 am
          Don't try to be too smart, you woman ! You won't get away with your Govt's stance in Kerala.
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            Venkatraman Shenoy
            Jun 30, 2017 at 5:26 am
            The commie murderers headed by CPM leaders in Kerala and Muslim fundoos headed by the CM, Jihadidi have a lot to answer for the murders and mayhem going on for the last several years. Your curiosity should not stop at the doors of BJP which has nothing to do with the isolated instances of violence like the murder of Junaid, which, in any case, WAS NOT A COR VIGILANTE lynching.
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            Idli Mind
            Jun 30, 2017 at 4:40 am
            I cannot fathom how an erudite lady would behave like the South Indian equivalent of Gujarat's notorious doctor of death Maya Kodnani. Kodnani, it may be recalled dished out weapons to the RSS and Bajrang Dal thugs who went about killing Muslims in Naroda Patiya in 2002. For her efforts, she was promoted to Minister of State for women Children by CM Modi ! Murders of this nature have to be condemned unequivocally Ms Sitharaman, no ifs and buts. The murders of BJP workers on Kerala or the forced exodus of Pandits from Kashmir are nasty, barbaric acts that need to be condemned. But, the fact they took place do NOT justify the killing of a Muslim child in that train. But I guess Ms Sitharaman has been indoctrinated well by her fascist mentors in the RSS and now speaks more like an RSS spokesperson than a responsible Minister. You should be hanging your head in shame Ms Sitharaman. Pathetic.
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              Odd
              Jun 30, 2017 at 4:13 am
              " These hindus" are so coward that need a mob to kill old or child muslim. I feel pity for "these hindus"
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                Venkatraman Shenoy
                Jun 30, 2017 at 5:30 am
                Yes, we Hindus are cowards. I tis you Porkis of Porkistaan, who are so brave, each Porky soldier can kill ten Hindu soldiers. Which is why you lost East Porkistan!!!!!
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                  Lovely
                  Jun 30, 2017 at 7:17 am
                  No religion has ISIS, Boko Haram, LeT, JeM, Alqaeeda, Haqqani etc. No religion is so innovative as you. For eg 9/11, the greatest terror innovation, originated Pak- Af border.
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                  Rishi
                  Jun 30, 2017 at 12:36 am
                  Minister Sitharaman is absolutely right. Hindus have been lynched by political and jihadi forces -- e.g. killings of BJP workers in Mamata's Bengal and Communists' Kerala. They have been lynched in Bangalore and the Pundits have been lynched and driven out of Kashmir in the hundreds of thousands. Where were the Saba Dewan-types then? Like the "awards wapsi" hypocrites, the Saba Dewans of India are more than happy to gang up against the Modi government for the acts of hoodlums, while keeping their stupid mouths shut when Hindus are lynched, killed and driven out en masse. Pathetic hypocrites of the Sada Dewan types, who would look for any opportunity to run down the Modi government globally also.
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                    Mujtaba
                    Jun 30, 2017 at 12:15 am
                    what we expect from bhakth minister.... those perpetrating crime will accept it?
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