Modi denounces communalism, says his govt stands for all

"Nobody has the right to discriminate on the basis of religion... ," said Narendra Modi in Lok sabha.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Updated: February 27, 2015 9:33 pm
modi_759 Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses after inagurating four-day International Ramayana Mela, in New Delhi on Monday. (Source PTI/FILE)

Breaking his silence on the Land Act and communalism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday denounced communalism saying that his government’s religion is ‘India First’ and its Holy Book is the Indian Constitution even as he promised that his government would make changes in the Land Bill if it has anything against farmers.

“My government’s only religion is ‘India first’, my government’s only religious book is ‘Indian Constitution’, our only devotion is ‘Bharat Bhakti’ and our only prayer is ‘welfare of all’,” he said in Lok Sabha while replying to a debate on President’s Address.

READ: If Land Bill has anything against farmers, I’m ready to change it, says PM Modi

Declaring that as the Prime Minister of the country, it was his “responsibility” not to allow “anaap shanap (ridiculous) comments in the name of religion, Modi, who has been criticised for his silence on the increased incidents of attacks against minority Christians and the controversial remarks from some of his party leaders, said: “Nobody has the right to discriminate on the basis of religion… No one has the right to take law into his hands.”

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Earlier this month, at an event organized by Catholics in Delhi, Modi had said, “No religious group can incite violence… my government will ensure there is complete freedom of faith.”

In the Lok Sabha, replying to the debate on the motion of thanks to the presidential address, Modi said: “Communalism for political reasons has destroyed the country. Hearts have been broken… we want all religions to prosper.

“This nation full of diversity. We are for unity in diversity, not disunity. All religions should flourish. It is the uniqueness of India because of its Constitution,” he said.

The PM also said the government is ready to make changes in the controversial Land Act, against which the Opposition and rights activists have been protesting saying it is anti-farmer. “If the Bill has anything against farmers, we are ready to change it,” Modi said.

Seeking the opposition’s cooperation for taking it forward, he said: “If despite all the benefits that the new reforms will bring, you feel there is any provision that is anti-farmer, I am willing to make changes to the proposal. Let us work together.”

He, however, took a dig at the Opposition Congress. “If your law was so good, why was the Congress wiped out in a series of elections?,” he asked

The government, under fire from the opposition and the rights groups which have alleged that the Bill in its present form would hurt the farmers’ interests, was reluctant to make any changes to the Act saying that tougher clauses would be a hurdle for the industries and it would hamper the investment atmosphere.

However, the party does not want the government to have a pro-corporate and anti farmer image, especially as the BJP is preparing for key elections in Bihar later this year. Party president Amit Shah has appointed an eight member committee to get the farmers’ view on the bill. The farmer leaders of the BJP have already conveyed their anguish over the certain clauses in the new act.

The Land act, brought as an ordinance on December 31, has amended the existing law passed by the UPA government in 2013. In the new version, the government has taken away the need of taking consent of the land owners and carrying out social economic assessment (SIA) for acquiring land under certain categories. Three of its allies, Shiv Sena, Shormani Akali Dal and LJP also have raised opposition to these clauses in the act.

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    Anurag
    Feb 28, 2015 at 10:29 am
    We are all Indians plz don"t divide us.Just leave us alone we have a leader who has given us hope and will do a world of good to us you The Congress party,The Mulayams,Nitish,Lalu&Mamta Banerjee are good for nothing ppl.Don"t do cheap and petty politics.
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    Anurag
    Feb 28, 2015 at 10:26 am
    For the first time we have a P.M. who is India"s P.M. and not of any party.What does the Congress and the Mulayam"s have to say about his speech.They are all quiet bcoz they only do politics of dividing the country between Hindus & Muslims.Where is Lalu & Nitish Kumar the crusaders of Muslims and ignoring the majority community that is Hindus.
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    avi
    Feb 28, 2015 at 7:27 am
    Misleading and dubious talk ! Modi's past will always haunt him.
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    Bhagavath B S
    Feb 27, 2015 at 9:45 pm
    luck for India,Mr Modi saved our nation from money drinking Dracula and anti indian conggis. he is the best among all MP'S who can deliver progress of India.British may follow in future how India developed under Modi RULE.
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      George Cv
      Feb 27, 2015 at 8:35 pm
      World's biggest FEKU at his best !
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        Khaleel
        Feb 28, 2015 at 1:25 am
        Irrelevant and incoherent response.
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          Khaleel
          Feb 27, 2015 at 10:32 pm
          The same guy who does not utter a word when his party-men go on a verbal rampage against the minorities, the same guy who cleverly publishes an expired Preamble which did not contain the word 'secular', the same guy who says his government is open for discussion when Shiva Sena proposed the removal of the word 'secular' from the consution, the same guy who ....., . Modi is only talker when it comes to containing communalism, does not take any action. In fact he gives free rein and a tacit approval to the Modiots to pursue their communal agenda.
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            Poda De
            Feb 27, 2015 at 9:32 pm
            Q : Sir, what do you feel after hearing Modi speak in Parliament to-day? A : My usual - Prime Minister Modiji is Matchless, Pride of India, Personification of Patriotism, Embodiment of Excellence, Manifestation of Management, Symbol of Sincerity, World Statesman and in a nuts Swami Vivekanandji re-born ! What else !
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