Amit Shah on dissent: ‘If you speak against country, that won’t be tolerated’

Amit Shah said since Independence, PM Narendra Modi has been the most bitterly criticised figure.

Written by Harsh Raj Gatty | Canacona | Published:November 5, 2016 3:27 am
amit shah, narendra modi, pm modi, amit shah dissent, amit shah on dissent, amit shah women empowerment, indian express news, india news BJP chief Amit Shah said: If you speak against the country, forgive me, that won’t be tolerated as it is not in the real spirit of the freedom of expression. (Source: File Photo)

BJP chief Amit Shah Friday said “anti-India” comments won’t be tolerated under the guise of freedom of expression. “The idea behind democracy is to ensure that the last person avails the benefit of freedom of expression and is able to fully utilise it to develop himself, but prolonged dissent will divide the nation,” he said. Shah was speaking at the India Idea Conclave here. The theme for the three-day meet is Democracy, Development and Dissent.

Shah said since Independence, PM Narendra Modi has been the most bitterly criticised figure. “Though Narendra Modi is the PM, you can criticise him, his policy and his ministers. But if you speak against the country, forgive me, that won’t be tolerated as it is not in the real spirit of the freedom of expression,” he said.

The BJP president said that it was after 30 years that the nation had voted a party to power with an absolute majority. “The government is working with an idea of inclusiveness and development in every sphere. However, if dissent continues unwarrantedly, there can be no development,” he said.

He also said that the centre is in no confusion on empowerment of women, irrespective of religion. “On triple talaq, the government is clear. The Prime Minister spoke of it on the Independence Day,” Shah said.

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    Albert Colaco
    Nov 5, 2016 at 3:24 am
    Amit Shah need not tell us what is ok and what is taboo. We Indians know when to draw the line between loyalty to country and sycophancy.
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      Padmakar
      Nov 5, 2016 at 3:05 pm
      What if I call amit shah a fat bald evil gawaar kameena? Is that OK?
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        Gaja
        Nov 5, 2016 at 1:16 am
        FK off ASISTANT BUTCHER AMIT SHAH.
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          VP Joshi
          Nov 5, 2016 at 5:17 am
          Don't speak against the country, and remember we are the country!
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            Narayanan
            Nov 5, 2016 at 10:19 am
            Can all the arm chair pseudo secular intellects who can only criticise take a day off from writing against the govt?
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              SubbuI
              Nov 5, 2016 at 1:08 pm
              THIS ACE FIXER AND GUNDA SHAH WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR EWO BANSAL AND HIS FULL FAMILY SUCIDE.ROMOURS SAYS HE IS MAN BEHIND GOPINATH MUNDE UN INVSTGATED ACCIDENT. GUJARATH LATE HOME MINISTER PANDAYE WAS TOO ELIMINATED BY THI GOON IF AFTERMATH DEVOLPEMENTS ARE TO BE BELEIVED. PRAMOD MAHAJAN THE PROBABLE CONTENDER FOR BJP PRIME MINISTER CANDITATE ALSO MIGHT HAVE BEEN ELIMINATED BY THIS GOON.NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE IN POLITICS THAT TO WITH MOST LETHAL COMBINE OF THESE TWO GANGSTERS OF GUJARATH.
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                SubbuI
                Nov 5, 2016 at 12:51 pm
                THIS KALNAYAK ENCOUNTER WIZARD GUNDA SHAH GOT NO BUSSINESS TO PREACH DESH BHAKTHI. THIS EX CONVICT WILL SEND BACK TO RAT WHEN GOVERNMENT CHANGES IN 2019
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                  SubbuI
                  Nov 5, 2016 at 12:58 pm
                  Typos in my below commentlt;br/gt;AMBADANI not AMDANI
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                    SubbuI
                    Nov 5, 2016 at 12:55 pm
                    WHAT IS THE AWKATH THIS GOON SHAH GOT OTHER THAN NALAYAK MODI'S MOST POWREFULL HIT MAN AND AMADANI NO 1.HE DESERVES 14 yEARS REGOROUS IMPRISNMENT SOONER IS BETTER
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                      Abbiya
                      Nov 5, 2016 at 4:57 am
                      Criminal mentally also doing criminal work
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                        Atis Mitra
                        Nov 5, 2016 at 2:00 am
                        BJP defined patriotism is to denounce opposition and praise USA and blame China- great is our nation where consution needs to change with continuance of reservation even after 60 years.
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                          A. KHAN
                          Nov 5, 2016 at 2:48 pm
                          THANKS TO MODI/BJP NOW MY VILLAGE HAS ELECTRICITY....lt;br/gt;Electrification of the Entire Nation – Rural and Urban Centerslt;br/gt;The Modi Government has a target of bringing electricity to 18,452 villages by May 2018. It seems the way the progress is happening, it will be completed by March 2017 – over an year ahead of schedule!
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                            mark
                            Nov 5, 2016 at 2:27 am
                            What did Bangaru Laxman of BJP did?
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                              Bijan Mohanty
                              Nov 5, 2016 at 3:35 pm
                              What about those who pretend to speak for the country, but actually act against the country and countrymen ? Mr. Shah, pl. clarify.
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                                bitterhoney
                                Nov 5, 2016 at 1:41 am
                                Was it not insult to the country when Modi said Indians felt ashamed in identifying themselves as Indians during Congress rule? Declare Modi as deshdrohi.
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                                  OMG
                                  Nov 5, 2016 at 3:00 pm
                                  Who is country! Feku/RSS/BJP/VHP/Shivsena/Bhakts! lt;br/gt;Who are these *** to certify anyone for anything! Hitler is coming back, this time in India. Achhe din or Khooni din
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                                    Dayanand
                                    Nov 5, 2016 at 6:14 am
                                    mathimathi- is useless comment.lt;br/gt;congress, cpm, cpi, app of-course proved anti hindu and anti indai. please understand, some mulla and some tilak wala are anti india and anti hindu. they want unrest India because they funded by forign, congress we all know how it killed india with lot of scam , arranging briyani for terrioes, arranging terrioest to kill political leader,.. vyapm- scam you did not understand otherwise this same opposition will not keep quiet. . YES IF ANY ANTI INDIA SLOGAN, SURELY 85% PATROTIC CITIZEN WILL TURN AND HIT VERY BADLY TO ANTI INDIA SLOGAN. WALAS. SURELY WE WILL NOT KEEP QUIET AND IF CONGRESS WILL COME IN POWER YOU DO AND TRY STILL WE WIL HIT
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                                      Dinesh Shah
                                      Nov 5, 2016 at 1:57 pm
                                      Mr. Amit Shah, your alma mater-RSS and your closest friend Modi have used this freedom at the worst and as per your own definition he falls under the category of antinational, because:lt;br/gt;During elections he mocked( mind you not criticized ) the then Election Commossioner - Mr. James Michael Lyngdoh - in most unbecoming jests. He used to curl his lips in you know in a jesting way and putting extra pressure on lettersJ of James, on M of Michael he underlined his religion and mocked him as a school child will do to his tormentor,lt;br/gt;When speaking e name of Sonia he used his acting skill in such a way that her foreign origin and especially Italian birth has become a mock in general among BJP people,lt;br/gt;He and your entire coterie of RSS are so much against Nehau that after your party came to power, the most important parts of our freedom and after 1947, progress and times of proud moments are deleted and obliterated from Gujarat text books and in these two years the CBSE oops have deleted references to Nehru . For that if history has to be twisted you have not hesitated.lt;br/gt;Do you know, stan has done so for Indian history and after 70 years their elite is failing or is at a loss to understand world history. You are trying to instil this onscurancy in our students and larger poce.lt;br/gt;T
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                                        H Gangadhar
                                        Nov 5, 2016 at 4:38 pm
                                        Entire Hindutwa brigade is antinational as their vision of nationalism is restricted to the well being of "Hindus".why BJP govt. is not just tolatating but promoting them?
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                                          harun
                                          Nov 5, 2016 at 5:57 am
                                          Yes raising slogans on dividing the Nation is unacceptable.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;But why is that when action of Cow vigilantes is questioned are people asked to get out.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Why is that when 15 lakhs in every account raised is called antiNational.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Why is that raising Vyapam considered Treason.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Pl ask yourself
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                                            iftiindian
                                            Nov 5, 2016 at 3:18 am
                                            This is a man who was jailed for two and half years and after getting bail, banished from his Gujarat Model state, apparently because this man committed crime against humanity.
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