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There should be no room in India for intolerant Indian: President Mukherjee
President of the country, Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday made it clear to the whole nation that there is no room for intolerant people in the country.

While delivering the 6th KS Rajamony Memorial lecture, president emphasized that India has always been a champion of free thoughts, speech and expressions. He further stressed that freedom of speech and expression is well placed constitutional rights and none has the right to trample it.

President touched very sensitive issue of intolerance in the country while delivering the lecture in Kochi. He said, "There should be no room in India for intolerant Indian. India has been since ancient times a bastion of free thought, speech and expression. Our society has always been characterized by the open contestation of diverse schools of thought and debate as well as discussion. Freedom of speech and expression is one of the most important fundamental rights guaranteed by our Constitution. There must be space for legitimate criticism and dissent," according to report of India Today.

It is very important as the country is witnessing heated debates on the topic of freedom of expression and violent behaviour of few groups against such freedom to Indians. Latest example of such violent act was observed at Ramjas College of Delhi University. It is also important to note that ABVP, a students wing of BJP opposed the presence of Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid in DU campus claiming them to be anti-national on the pretext of JNU episode last year. We know that one year back few students of JNU including Umar Khalid and Kanhaiya Kumar were arrested on the charges of sedition for their alleged role in anti-India sloganeering. We are still waiting for any conclusive forensic report on the matter.

If we go by the words of the President then all this violent opposition and vandalism are completely wrong and people involved in such criminal acts of intimidation and assault should be dealt with an iron hand. Unfortunately that is not the case at the moment.

The President further said,"These temples of learning must resound with creativity and free thinking. Those in universities must engage in reasoned discussion and debate rather than propagate a culture of unrest. It is tragic to see them caught in the vortex of violence and disquiet."

It is quite evident from the above excerpts that President of the country is dejected with current state of affairs. And rightly so, as mob justice is becoming a reality. In last few years we have witnessed many such instances where mobs have tried to deliver justice rather than allowing the interference of judicial system of the country to take its course. We should remember that such mob justice will lead to anarchy in the country. Violence is not the answer of any question instead it will create chaos in society which is not a good sign for any democratic country.

According to IndiaToday, in the same lecture, president also touched another highly sensitive issue of women's rights. He emphasized this issue with the words, "I do not consider a society or state to be civilised if its citizens' behaviour towards women is uncivilised. When we brutalise a woman, we wound the soul of our civilisation. Not only does our Constitution guarantee equal rights to women but our culture and tradition also celebrate the feminine as divine. Protection and safety of our women and children must be a nationwide priority. The acid test of any society is its attitude towards women and children. India should not fail this test."

All those people who attacked especially the girl students' during the protest march at Ramjas College need to understand the difference. Being literate is completely different from being educated as I have mentioned in few of my articles on this very news portal. It is easy to accept the wrong path of violence and hatred but tough to tread upon the path of love and peace. The hate speeches delivered by politicians are mainly responsible for the division, we are witnessing in society.

It is high time for all us to denounce all types of violence and hatred irrespective of our ideology. We should stop from being selective in our condemnation of wrong doings. We should prevent ourselves from flowing with the speeches of these politicians who are just playing with the emotions of all of us. We should inculcate a habit of trying to get true information from various sources before spreading it or believing it to be true because most of the public discourses by politicians are done with the intention to polarize people to garner votes in elections.

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