Arun Jaitley: Modi has been the worst victim of ideological intolerance

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said those responsible for the Dadri lynching would be taken to task and that the 'stray' incident was was both unfortunate and condemnable.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 2, 2015 7:40 am
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Express Photo by Dilip Kagda Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Express Photo by Dilip Kagda

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday accused the “Congress, Left thinkers and activists” of practising “ideological intolerance” and said that they have not “accepted the idea” of the BJP being in power.

In a Facebook blog post titled Ease of Doing Business, Jaitley also said that since 2002, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been “the worst victim of ideological intolerance”.

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Stating that the government was trying to accelerate India’s growth, he said: “There are many who have never intellectually accepted the idea of the BJP being in power. This obviously includes the Congress, Left thinkers and activists. Over decades they have practised ideological intolerance towards the BJP. Since 2002, the PM himself has been the worst victim of ideological intolerance.”

He added in the post: “They wish to project India as an intolerant society. Their strategy is two-fold. Firstly, obstruct Parliament and do not permit reforms which will bring credit to Modi government. Secondly, create, by structured and organised propaganda, an environment that there is a social strife in India. They wish to project India as an intolerant society. The truth is otherwise. Perpetrators of this propaganda never allowed alternative viewpoints to grow in either universities, academic institutions or cultural bodies that they have controlled. Their intolerance extends to not accepting an alternative ideological pole.”

Referring to the Dadri lynching, the Finance Minister said: “Dadri was a stray incident. It was both unfortunate and condemnable.”
Emphasising that India remains a highly tolerant and liberal society, Jaitley called upon “every well-wisher of India and the present government to make sure that no action or statement of his provides a tool in the hands of those who want to obstruct India’s growth story.”

Jaitley’s post came a day after RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan emphasised on the need to improve the “environment for ideas through tolerance and mutual respect”, critical for India’s economic progress, while President Pranab Mukherjee, for the third time in less than a month, asserted the need to preserve multiplicity.

Responding to Jaitley’s remarks, Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar said it was “ridiculous” of Jaitley to attack Congress at a time when everyone, “from a common man to the President” have expressed concern over the “rising atmosphere of intolerance” in the country.
“Even Moody’s and industrialists… the intellectual class, those who read books and write books, are expressing concern… even US President Obama has talked about this (intolerance),” Kumar said.

Below is the full text of his post titled The ease of doing business

The World Bank has upped India’s ranking in the Ease of Doing Business by twelve positions. Last month the World Economic Forum had similarly upgraded India. Even though the push up numerically is modest, it marks the reversal of an adverse trend. Considering the number of steps taken in the last seventeen months, India’s position should have moved significantly higher. I understand that all steps have not been factored in since the World Bank criteria has a cut-off date and it also waits for announcements to translate into action before they can be factored. Quicker decision making, faster policy changes, eliminating corruption at the top and smoother clearances have played a significant role. The FIPB clearances and the environmental approvals are being routinely granted. Investors no longer queue up before the Mantralayas in Delhi lobbying for policy changes or approvals.

An equally encouraging factor is that the States have also altered their work culture. Investment is the starting point of all economic activity. An investment friendly State will be a natural destination. This realization has donned upon the States. Competitive federalism can be seen. The Gujarat model of Global Investors Meet has been replicated in Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and in Punjab. Rajasthan, this month, would be wooing global investors. Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have been reaching out to investors globally. Three States with a significant tribal population – Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha, figure in the top six States in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business rankings. The work culture is changing in most States.

Last week the Central Government issued two important ordinances. The Arbitration Law has been changed to make arbitrations cheaper, faster and free from judicial intervention. To adjudicate quickly upon investment related matters, a commercial division is being constituted in all High Courts. This would improve the enforceability of contracts where India’s ranking is relatively poor. The obsolete Specific Relief Act which provides for damages as the normal remedy rather than enforcement, needs to be relooked. Having opened most sectors for foreign direct investment, time has come to examine whether some of the conditionalities on which FDI investment is permitted, have become anachronic. We need to cut down on the number of permissions required so that the time lag between the decision to invest and the actual investment can be shortened significantly. States must realise that local laws which enable availability of land, environmental permissions, sanction of building plans need a relook. Once an industrial zone or new township has been cleared for environmental sanctions, should individual structures require a separate environmental approval? Many countries have switched to an architect’s certificate as a substitute for building plans being sanctioned. When you compulsorily need a completion certificate for a building, the permission required for start of construction should be replaced by a regulatory mechanism. These additional changes will further improve India’s ranking for ease of doing business.

The ease of opening business must also be accompanied by an ease in exiting. For this, the framework of the Bankruptcy Law is being readied. Dispute resolutions with regard to public projects requires a quicker settlement mechanism. The same is being worked out.

Much has been done to ensure that award of natural resources and public contracts are completely transparent. To empower public servants to take simpler and bolder decision, many corrections are required in some obsolete provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act. The same have already been introduced in Parliament. At a time when the world growth is moving slowly, India aspires to grow faster. To add a percentage or two in our present growth rate, the ease of doing business coupled with a simpler direct and indirect taxation system, a higher investment in infrastructure and irrigation will play a significant role. A low oil and commodity regime is helping us in this direction.

While the Government led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is trying to accelerate India’s growth, there are many who have never intellectually accepted the idea of the BJP being in power. This obviously includes the Congress, many left thinkers and activists. Over decades they have practiced ideological intolerance towards BJP. Since 2002, the Prime Minister himself has been the worst victim of these ideological intolerance. Their strategy is twofold. Firstly, obstruct Parliament and do not permit reforms which will bring credit to Modi Government. Secondly, create, by structured and organized propaganda, an environment that there is a social strife in India. They wish to project India as an intolerant society. The truth is otherwise. Perpetrators of this propaganda never allowed alternative viewpoints to grow in either universities, academic institutions or cultural bodies that they have controlled. Their intolerance extends to not accepting an alternative ideological pole. Dadri was a stray incident. It was both unfortunate and condemnable. The guilty will be taken to task. Notwithstanding such aberrations, India remains a highly tolerant and liberal society. Our cultural values have imbibed co-existence. India has repeatedly rejected intolerance. It does not respond to provocations. It is, therefore, incumbent upon every well-wisher of India and the present Government to make sure that no action or statement of his provides a tool in the hands of those who want to obstruct India’s growth story. The obstructers have a simple plan – if they can’t fight politically, they fight with hostile propaganda.

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    prakash gotimukul
    Nov 1, 2015 at 4:14 pm
    There is only one reason for Cong and commies n paid news media to behave like this. Jeolousy. They never thought that a Chaiwala"s son will win. Arrognace that only one family can rule has been thwarted to an extent that it cannot dream for at least 25 years if not more. Promoting a incompetent son or a daughter is also ruled out. Now the only value left for this family is NUISANCE value. Of course they still have a few loyals like the SADDAM regime who are instigated by lure of black money which they have in plenty. So the country will face that nuisance for some more time till they vanish. a curse cannot live for ever. God has always created a way out. we will overcome the curse of Sonia also..........
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      anna
      Nov 1, 2015 at 6:26 pm
      Gaitley ji just listen to the sayings and shouting of any BJP, RSS, shiv sena rallies, processions, the hate speeches etc, and then talk of the propaa. who is spreading what. India will loose very fast what ever it has achieved till date. these intellectuals, scientists, economists, sociologists, defense experts are people with brains and please understand what they are saying before it is too late!!!!
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        anna
        Nov 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm
        the way you are born the same way others are born. this is our fathers land. will debate and take our rights. already you have seen Nepal is gone. next is yours.hhhhaha jai tamilnadu.
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          Anima
          Nov 2, 2015 at 3:37 pm
          When Nepalis burn trucks and beat up the drivers, who will risk their lives and go there? Did you try going? Do you know the reality? Media exposes only anti modi stuff. The reality was given in a small corner in the paper!
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            Aurangzeb
            Nov 1, 2015 at 8:40 pm
            Prime minister is silence on various hatred crime happened and this has given confidence to right wing activist actually modiji is itself a product of 2002 gujrat riots and on that basis he remained in power therefore putting a blame on other parties and saying it conspiracy is rediculuos
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              Haradhan Mandal
              Nov 1, 2015 at 5:57 pm
              He is playing the VICTIM card after the riots for his 'client'. He loves to use BOMBASTIC word/expression ("ideological Intolerance") to impress his folks down below him and has the delusional pretension to be known as a master orator in ENGLISH - something as the Winston Churchill of India. But the fact is - it is called Devil's Advocate and not VICTIM's advocate.
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                Akshay
                Nov 1, 2015 at 9:05 pm
                65 to 70% of Indian potion of 1.2B was eligible to vote. The turn out was over 60%. Out of this 60%, 33 percent voted for Modi and BJP. So in effect Modi had support of about 15 to 20% of Indians, which seems to be going down with every ping day.
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                  Unelected_Minister
                  Nov 1, 2015 at 11:49 pm
                  Actually the le of this article should be read as "Modi has been the WORST of ideological intolerance".
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                    Beefeater
                    Nov 1, 2015 at 4:46 pm
                    Right! and pigs have wings and cows produce honey ... the mob in Dadri was incited by bjp goons... the same goons that maundi refuse to punish... the butchers hands like that of the Mahatma murderer are steeped in blood... that's what the chaddi walas teach their chaddi chamchas - kill the innocent. The butcher is one of the most intolerant chaddi chamchas, his rabid behaviour is observed even in Bihar where he has used divisive language! What kind of pm is he who is dividing the country on basis of religion... the country is going to the hyenas
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                      Smoker
                      Nov 2, 2015 at 12:26 am
                      I agree Jaitely but Modi had made mistakes to provide an opportunity to opposition.
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                        Smoker
                        Nov 2, 2015 at 12:29 am
                        you lack in experience :)
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                          Perumal
                          Nov 1, 2015 at 4:56 pm
                          For terrist supporter will blame easly to pm modi for everything....
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                            Perumal
                            Nov 1, 2015 at 4:59 pm
                            Well said brother hindus should be united to support modi.....otherwise India will under control of corrupted anti national khangress
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                              R
                              Nov 1, 2015 at 3:48 pm
                              Inability to come down heavily on corruption of the Netas, Babus, robbers and thieves is at the root cause of India condemned to being a forever third world country! It is Busines as usual nay all checks removed on the robbers and thieves of the National Capital of India. Public lands and unauthorised structures are allowed to come up at will due to collusion between BJP, AAP, Congress, Leftist Netas, Police, DDA and MCD. The honest have been reduced to a minority in this NCR.
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                                Saradha Sankar
                                Nov 1, 2015 at 8:14 pm
                                The media is the first enemy of the development
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                                  shakeel
                                  Nov 2, 2015 at 12:55 am
                                  Don't try to justifie modi you cannot put your head in sand and say sun has not raised
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                                    Samjhouta
                                    Nov 1, 2015 at 10:44 pm
                                    In the western world Indians are known Silicon Valley success and open defecation. Our politicians were incompetent and media and intellectuals were tolerant of them. The first part is people's success and second part is govts failure. Now there comes a competent guy who wants to change things around and exactly opposite happens-media and opportunistic politicians and liberalistic intellectuals become intolerant of his doings. He is the first and only politician to have promised to do anything about open defecation. We are going to be behind China. Don't be ashamed to be called Third World country or slum dog nation and now sickular intolerant nation. Jai hind
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                                      Samjhouta
                                      Nov 1, 2015 at 3:16 pm
                                      Well said. Modi material belonging to labourer cl made in Gujarat, hardened in UP, softened in Himalayas, moulded across India, loved across India and world. Hated by Congress and media by stereotypes, prejudices and use of power.
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                                        TIHAEwale
                                        Nov 1, 2015 at 4:50 pm
                                        It was sheer incompetence on the part of Congress to send Amit for encounter killings in Gujrat. As long as Amit talks nonsense like stan bursting crackers to celebrate BJP loss or whenever ministers like V.K.Singh or Rudy or Mahesh Sharma open mouth sewage comes out and Feku56 thrusts them on the Nation or a Sub Swamy talks non sense about RBI Governor Arun Jaitley will have to carry the can
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                                          Venu
                                          Nov 1, 2015 at 6:49 pm
                                          Development does not confer right to make aggressive approach to those who differ. Those who voted BJP Never voted for hindutva and other decisive policies of the party.
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                                            abdul
                                            Nov 3, 2015 at 12:46 am
                                            The fact cannot be hidden . India is a secular state which treats all the religions same . But recent events and the great tone of intolerance in our country after Mr : Modi adored to the prime Minister post of India. Not the one or two, Chain of issues of intolerance has uprised across India in recent months like Dydri,Jammu, Hayriyana etc and many communal violence across India . Why Modi and it's ideological saffron party supporting and creating a shadow of support to the attackers. Modi's days India wont achieve anything but the deep wounds in secularist mind only.
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