Suggest ways to fight intolerance: Rajnath to writers

"Returning awards is not the right thing, I request the writers and scientists to come and meet the prime minister and give their suggestions," Singh said.

By: Express News Service | Varanasi | Updated: November 2, 2015 3:42 am
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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday that those who felt that intolerance levels were rising in the country should interact with the government and offer suggestions about improving the situation. He added that the government was ready to discuss the matter and take whatever action that was required.

Speaking at the 15th annual function of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidvat Parishad, a Varanasi-based outfit that works on Sanskrit and Indian culture, Singh wondered why the NDA government and PM Narendra Modi were being targeted over the issue.

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Assuring that the government would take their suggestions seriously and will act upon them in the wake of their charge of “growing intolerance” in the country, he said “Returning awards is not the right thing, I request the writers and scientists to come and meet the prime minister and give their suggestions, the Union government will take concrete steps on those.”

Addressing a function organised in Varanasi by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyut Parishad, Singh also said it was “wrong” to target NDA government and the prime minister on the issue as law and order was a state subject and the Union government only extended assistance as and when needed.

“It’s beyond my understanding, why they are targeting the (NDA) government and our prime minister on this issue,” he said, adding “it’s not right to target the government and PM”.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the event, Singh also said that the NDA government will not function not on the basis of caste or religion but humanity and justice.

Meanwhile, talking about the Bihar polls, he expressed confidence that the BJP-led NDA will form the government there. He claimed that even analysts had forecast victory for NDA in Bihar with a clear majority.

At a “resistance” (Pratirodh) meet on Sunday in the national capital writers, artistes, thinkers and academics had gathered to protest what they termed an “attack on reason, democracy and composite culture”.

They also took umbrage at Union Minister Arun Jaitley’s remarks dubbing their protest as “manufactured rebellion”, questioning how he could make such a claim when the President, many business leaders as well as common people have joined in voicing concern over the “disturbing” trend.

[With PTI inputs]

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  1. prakash gotimukul
    Nov 2, 2015 at 12:35 am
    They will not do anything just like they obstructed and washed out the parl. These are anti national congress and their chamchas. their agenda is to stop development work as BJP is succeeding. But people of India also have decided to punish who ever obstruct development.
    1. A
      Nov 2, 2015 at 1:15 pm
      After creating all posts of problem now he sayin to give advise what a nonsense
      1. H
        Nov 1, 2015 at 11:19 pm
        Can anyone send this questionnaire to the "intellectuals" who are returning their "awards": (1) When did you receive the award? (2) What was your achievement to receive the award? (3) Why are you returning the award? (4) Why did you not return the award when macres happened in 1984, and in 1990s when Kashmir Pandits were killed and evicted from Kashmir (5) Have you refunded the award money with interest to the government? (6) Which terrorist organisation or politically party is funding you?
        1. J
          Nov 2, 2015 at 1:57 am
          PM should not entertain these venomous snakes whose only aim is to discredit the government and promote their Italian masters. Engaging them would encourage other bullies to start these kinds of "protests", and PM will not be able to focus on development, if he keeps spending time with these parasites.
          1. PCKULKARNI
            Nov 1, 2015 at 11:02 pm
            I pity the level of yourI IQ. Off course this not surprising for a blind bhakt.
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