The debate over intolerance in the country was raised once again at the 6th Bharatiya Chattra Sansad (Indian Students Parliament) organised by MIT College, where Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu was asked what he thought of actor Aamir Khan’s remarks on intolerance.
Stating that the actor is a friend, Naidu said, “However, the way he said things has hurt me and also hurt the nation in my opinion.”
Raising questions over the validity of the debate itself, Naidu asked what is intolerance? “Is not accepting a prime minister who got massive majority intolerance or not respecting other sentiments intolerance?” he said.
He was chairing a session titled ‘Will crop security seal the fate of farmers?’, where he spoke of the government’s latest moves to enable farmers, such as by making India into one food zone.
“The price of one item is so drastically different in three different states and it is the middlemen who are exploiting this system. We are now seriously working towards making India into one food zone where food manufactured anywhere can be transported and sold anywhere. The obstacles and hassles faced by farmers in this process will be removed,” said Naidu.
He spoke of the government’s plans to start 27 mega food processing parks in the country, creating rural godowns and cold storages besides increasing availability of timely and cheap credit to farmers. “The new crop insurance scheme will help farmers in a big way as cheap credit is being made available to farmers through banks and they do not have to go to private money lenders anymore,” he said.
Naidu also took potshots at the Opposition for not allowing the Parliament to function in his address to students.
Stating that Parliament functions on three ‘D’s, which is Discuss, Debate and Decide, he said that these days a fourth D has been added to the
equation – disrupt.
“It should not happen. Parliament should not be used to score brownie points,” he said.