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Is there intolerance in India? If yes, against whom?
"Why are the universities in a rebellious mode, demanding `azadi', citing intolerance?" my friend asked in a frustrated tone. "Is Narendra Modi government really doing something that's against the country?" he asked further.

In a quick response to his question, I asked, "What do you feel?"

My friend shrugged his shoulders and said, "I have no idea. I just have a gut feeling that this government is doing better than the previous UPA government. But then, I am just an ordinary person with no high level intellect. The intellectuals are backing such rebellion. I am really confused that what has Modi government done so wrong that people have even started asking for a separate country? You write so much, that's why I ask you. At least we should know what has really angered the intellectuals."

"Who do you think are intellectuals?" I asked again.

"Don't interrogate me man!" my friend said in a disappointed tone.

"Anyway, I understand that intellectuals are those who have studied in top or foreign universities, talk in fluent English and debate vociferously on TV or in press conferences," he said.

I didn't ask any more. In fact majority of people in India are confused by seeing the `azadi' campaigns in universities, protest marches by 'Award Wapasi' gang, dirty language used against Prime Minister Modi by many self-proclaimed secularists (or say Indian Secular Industry) and obstruction of Parliament to stop important legislations introduced by the government.

Consider a few cases: In 2016, Kanhaiya claimed that he had raised the freedom slogan against poverty, discrimination (on caste, creed, class, etc). All political parties like Congress, AAP, Left, TMC, etc. stood in support of Kanhaiya on this subject. The point everyone forgot was that the Modi government had been there for just one and half years. Did the poverty, discrimination, etc. happen in these 18 months? The answer is no.

Now let's come to the 'Award Wapsi' gang's point. Yes, some brutal murders of a few senior writers that held an alternative point of view did take place. But a few such murders took place even before Modi government came to power. Interestingly, all such murders (you can even add Akhalq's murder) happened in the states in which BJP was not in power and everyone very well knows that law and order is a state subject.

Take Rohit Vemula's suicide case. Rohit was perhaps the ninth student to commit suicide in that university and all the previous suicides happened during UPA's rule.

Come to Umar Khalid and `Kashmir's azadi'. The problem in Kashmir is not new, various Central governments have mishandled the Kashmir issue to an extent that it has become a chronic issue. No other country ever does such disservice to its own integral part. But then, when politics is based on vote banks and appeasements, political interests always rule above the national interest.

Now the question is that is there really any intolerance in India? Many including Bollywood actor Anupam Kher say that there is no intolerance and the `azadi' brigade, secular industry and self-proclaimed intellectuals (Whom I call antillectuals) bore a bogey of intolerance. I disagree that there is no intolerance.

Yes there is intolerance in India. The so called elite circle, Lutyen's Delhi, 'antillectuals', Leftists, Congress and self-proclaimed social parties are very intolerant towards the fact that a person from a humble background has become the Prime Minister of India and through hard work won accolades both within as well as outside the country. And as more and more people started appreciating this man, the impatience as well as intolerance level of this minuscule self-centrist outfits is increasing. This is because their petty self-interest is being hampered and they are being cornered by the larger mass of public. They think that they can be-fool the people through rhetoric of self-proclaimed liberal ideologies but that is not going to happen. People have started appreciating BJP, giving a popular support in local, urban bodies in various parts of the country (Maharashtra, Odisha, Chandigarh, etc). Add to that the various surveys that show that Modi's popularity is rising.

Thus, this so called rebellion has no impact on the public. They will scream for some time and then they will grow silent like the "Award Wapasi' gang did.

Thus, we can conclude that there is intolerance in the country and this intolerance is towards the fact how a hard working politician goes on to become the Prime Minister of India and continues to remain popular.

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