Now Govt Funded IDSA Sounds Warning Note On ‘Increasing Intolerance’

OBSERVING THAT “religious intolerance and provocations have increased”, the
Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) — a think tank funded by
the defence ministry — has organised a debate on the issue on December 9.
In its concept note ahead of the debate, the IDSA, which has Defence
Minister Manohar Parrikar as one of its executive council members, has
noted that there is an “atmosphere of insecurity and alienation”, and
“secular” politics may be the “key to stop polarisation”.
“Lately, the country has seen attempts of mass mobilisation on ideological
lines… The instances of religious intolerances and provocations have
increased… Aided with the 24×7 electronic and impactful social media,
these diatribes are reaching the masses in every remote nook and corner of
the country, creating a charged-up atmosphere of insecurity and alienation.
Alienation aids radicalisation,” says the concept note.
Noting that there are “allegations that the political parties are
attempting to benefit from the social polarisation” the think tank has
stressed the need to “address the very causes of alienation and ensure
building up long-term systematic institutional mechanisms”.

OBSERVING THAT "religious intolerance and provocations have increased", the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) -- a think tank funded by the defence ministry -- has organised a debate on the issue on December 9. In its concept note ahead of the debate, the IDSA, which has Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar as one of its executive council members, has noted that there is an "atmosphere of insecurity and alienation", and "secular" politics may be the "key to stop polarisation". "Lately, the country has seen attempts of mass mobilisation on ideological lines... The instances of religious intolerances and provocations have increased... Aided with the 24x7 electronic and impactful social media, these diatribes are reaching the masses in every remote nook and corner of the country, creating a charged-up atmosphere of insecurity and alienation. Alienation aids radicalisation," says the concept note. Noting that there are "allegations that the political parties are attempting to benefit from the social polarisation" the think tank has stressed the need to "address the very causes of alienation and ensure building up long-term systematic institutional mechanisms".

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