Has India’s tolerance been destroyed by Hindu extremists?

Published: October 13, 2015

Indian activist Sudheendra Kulkarni (L), whose face was blackened by ink in an alleged attack, looks on as former Pakistani foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri speaks to media in Mumbai on October 12, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

In a shocking and a shameful incident, the Shiv Sena activists smeared black paint on Sudheendra Kulkarni’s face to protest against the book launch of ‘Neither a Hawk, nor a  Dove’, written by Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, the former foreign minister of Pakistan, at Nehru Planetarium, Mumbai. The immediate provocation for the attack on Kulkarni was because he was the person who had organised the book launch.

As Kasuri was a close confidante of former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf, and also one of the main architects of initiating the peace process with India, it would have provided a great opportunity for the people of Mumbai to have heard his side of the story and interacted with him, especially in the context of growing tensions between the two countries.

Although one wouldn’t like to take up cudgels with the ‘desh premi’  Shiv Senaks, as they are entitled to hold on to their views, but taking the law into their own hands is highly condemnable. It is against the right of freedom of speech, one of our core values enshrined in the Indian constitution. In a bizarre reaction to the incident, the Shiv Sena spokesman Sanjay Raut, instead of showing any remorse said,

“The ink attack on Kulkarni is a mild reaction from Sena; this is not ink but the blood of our soldiers.”

Furthermore, the muzzling of views, especially those of writers, will prove to be counterproductive in the long run. As expected, Kulkarni, who is the main moderator, refused to be cowed down by threats and went ahead with the book launch which proved to be a great moral victory for the secular forces of India. If the organisers had succumbed to such pressure tactics, it would have tarnished the image of India. By going ahead with the programme, Kulkarni has demonstrated that if one has the resolve and courage, no forces will be able to impinge the rights of the ordinary citizens.

Sadly, this incident comes immediately in the wake of the cancellation of legendary Ghazal Singer Ghulam Ali’s programme in Mumbai and Pune, due to threats from the same organisation. It was upsetting to hear Ghulam Ali express his disappointment as he was looking forward to the visit to pay tribute to his friend the late Ghazal singer Jagjit Singh.

In the past, the Shiv Senaks have gotten away by attacking journalists, TV studios, and all others who held contrarian views and who did not subscribe to their ideology. As this organisation enjoys goodwill and support from a large constituency in the Maratha belt, the successive governments in Maharashtra, be it the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) led government, and now the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, they have been hesitant to reign in this group because of ‘vote bank’ politics. The ineffectual governments have only managed to embolden these groups in all their subversive designs.

It is here one would like to give credit to the chief minister of Maharashtra, of which Shiv Sena is a partner, for his courage to ignore the threats of his coalition partner and giving full protection to Kasuri and the organisers. The launch would not have taken place but for his support.

In an article in New York Times, the writer wrote,

“The attacks in India should not be seen as a problem limited to secular writers or liberal thinkers. They should be recognised as an attack on the heart of what constitutes a democracy — and that concern everyone who values the idea of India as it was conceived and as it is believed, rather than an India imagined through the eyes of religious zealots.”

We shudder to see India from the eyes of zealots like Azam Khan, Owaisi, Sakshi Maharaj, Sangeet Som, Sadvi Pragya, Shiv Senaks and their ilk. Fortunately, their numbers are inconsequential to weaken the great country. India has a millennia old history of tolerance, so let’s not let the rich social tapestry be destroyed by a few radical elements.

It is high time that the middle class in India raises its voice against the growing intolerance in our society. If they remain mute spectators, the communal and radical elements, will only feel emboldened to launch more such attacks against all those people who don’t subscribe to their ideology.

If we want to preserve the ‘unity and diversity’ let us learn from what the president of India, said in his recent speech about diversity, tolerance and plurality of Indian civilisation and how it must be kept in mind and cannot be allowed to be wasted.

“These core civilisation values keep us together over the centuries. Many ancient civilisations have fallen. But that is right that aggression after the aggression, long foreign rule, the Indian civilisation has survived because of its core civilisational values and we must keep that in mind. And if we keep those core values in mind, nothing can prevent our democracy to move.”

It is hoped that the vox populi (voice of the people) of this country will raise their voice against such fringe elements so that these forces do not muster courage in future to attack individuals and organisations.

The government, on its part, should no longer remain a mute spectator. They should reign in all such elements, before they succeed in destroying the rich social tapestry of India. They should realise that it is the preservation of the country that is of prime importance and not clinging on to power.

K S Venkatachalam

K S Venkatachalam

The author is an independent journalist and political commentator. He specialises in writing on political, social and economic issues. His articles have appeared in many Indian and International newspapers like Huffington Post, Global Times, South China Morning Post, The Hindu. He tweets as @Venkat48 (twitter.com/venkat48)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • harkol

    Sir,

    The character of a nation is not defined by the acts of a few criminals. It is defined by the resolute adherence to certain principles by its majority and by its laws.

    India has always had a lunatic fringe. Gandhi was killed by one (Hindu). Indira Gandhi by another (Sikh). There have been innumerable riots in free India.

    But, none of that takes away from the fact – India is a liberal, secular democracy. It allows a great degree of personal freedom to its people. And it also has constitutional protection to its minority and equal status for all in law.

    Most countries begin the discrimination with constitution itself. US didn’t have universal suffrage till 1960s. Even today a foreign born American can’t become US president. Tony Blair (ex-PM) of UK couldn’t be openly embrace catholic faith, while he was in office. Acts of racial intolerance happen in all places including US, Australia.

    But, all the above nations are largely liberal & democratic. Because people by and large and also laws do not discriminate against minorities. The society is not intolerant to diverse opinions.

    So, let us not attribute the actions of a few to the society & nation in general. By and large people live without fear, folks who do criminal acts (like Dadri or even ink throwing on Sudheendra) are arrested and punished. There is reasonable degree of law & order in majority of the states.Recommend

  • Milind A

    Smearing ink is far better than bombing the hell out of a person.. Get out of scare-mongering modeRecommend

  • Headstrong

    I consider myself a patriotic Indian with a modern outlook. I hold no truck for these lumpen elements. I support PM Modi wholeheartedly, purely for his development agenda, and believe he’s made a promising beginning. All the gains made will be of no avail if the present mindset is allowed to spread. As of now, these stupid acts are committed by a few, but the trend is disturbing – arbitrary bans, lynchings, and some very provocative statements by people who should know better. Even the Ghulam Ali issue (I’m a huge fan) and the Kasuri issue, which while not directly a communalism issue (as it relates to Pakistan), is an indication of the same intolerant streak which appears to be spreading.
    However, I am sanguine that this cannot last. That the BJP empathises (if not symapthises) with these fringe elements is beyond doubt. But I truly believe that our PM is a pragmatic man and will understand what sort of impact these incidents have. The average Indian is no fool – and though the majority may be silent, they’ll speak loud and clear when they vote. I think the Bihar elections will mark some sort of watershed – I hope the BJP loses, albeit by a small margin so that they can shore up their Rajya Sabha strength. Combined with the Delhi loss, this will certainly lead to some introspection and realisation that these tactics aren’t working. If they win, I worry for the UP and W Bengal elections where more of the same could be repeated.
    Finally, let not these incidents (increasing though they may be) cloud the overall spirit of amity that exists. There are over 200 million minorities in India, mostly Muslim. By and large everybody coexists peacefully with daily living being the source of most worries. Cowardly fringe elements, who can’t do anything good for the community, but can certainly vitiate the atmosphere so as to remain relevant, prey on the baser feelings of those who want to be swayed. But they will be exposed and taught a lesson. As I said before, this cannot and will not last – I remain optimistic. Recommend

  • ashok

    more than hindu extremism such provocative writings with exciting headlines is one of the major factors from among other factors from keeping such incidences alive. instead of harmonizing society the media looks other side of the issue.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Very interesting article spelling out what is happening and what an enlightened mind thinks should and most probably will happen.Recommend

  • Raghupal Singh Tomar

    There are so many subjects on which each & every ctzn is entitled to differ but not on nationalists cause. A nation can not progress until its ctzns spoke in nationalist voice. Some people always try to come in limelight by abusing nationalists. So author of this topic Mr KS Venkatachalam views has to be condemned.Recommend

  • Elbot

    wow..Painting someone face is like killing the person.

    RSS = ISIS & Shivsena = ISIS++Recommend

  • Concard

    The journalist writes for “The Hindu”. I don’t think one has to anything anymore when you read that. Save your time fellows.Recommend

  • Indian

    India is and was tolerant not bcoz the minorities want it but bcoz the hindus wanted it to be …Indias tolerant society was made by hindus and will be maintained by hindus …tolernace will prevail untill it is taken as a sigh of weakness by the not so tolerantRecommend

  • zoro

    And what about Killing some person by killing him … or lynching him … or shooting him … or burning him or beheading him …Recommend

  • PatrioticSoul

    India is tolerant because it can kill people over beef but not over book launch. Black ink is a sign of modernity when you think of what can happen over beef.Recommend

  • Bana Post

    Events like this will tarnish the secular image of India .This should not be encouragrdRecommend

  • vinsin

    Tolerance also has limit. Are Hindu extremists responsible for Salman Rusdie, Tasima Nasreen, Sanal Edamaruku etc.

    Freedom of speech is not enshrined in Indian Constitution. Did Hindu extremists retaliated when Pakistan wiped out Hindus?

    There is difference between tolerance, appeasement and stupidity. What happened to Indian Civilization and tolerance when Imam of Delhi asked a girl to convert to marry his son? Where was the author at that time? Why wounded civilization didnt woke up?Recommend

  • vinsin

    India is not secular country. Implement women rights, child and animal rights on muslims first. Muslims appeasement is not secularism.

    What about Salman Rusdie, Tasima Nasreen, Sanal Edamaruku and MF Hussain then?

    Can a foreign born become PM in India? Appeasement and stupidity is not equal to tolerance. What about National security? Why India demanded Independence, if loved foreign PM so much?

    What about India racial intolerance towards NE people?Recommend

  • vinsin

    salute for speaking facts.Recommend

  • Hasan

    Smearing ink is from where it all starts…..Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Exactly, like Bugti.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24461468

    Pakistanis call Shiv Sena names, but its kosher if their Army goes around killing Politicians. They terribly lack perspective.

    “Mr Bugti, a Baloch nationalist leader who had led an armed campaign for
    provincial autonomy, was killed in a cave in August 2006 during a
    military crackdown ordered by Mr Musharraf.”Recommend

  • nishantsirohi123

    Had this been an Indian writer launching book in Pakistan, replace ink with acid Recommend

  • Ajay

    Indian culture is thousands of year old and inclusiveness and tolerance and liberalism is in our roots. however the muslim class of India being mostly uneducated were mentally conditioned to believe that hindus are soft and weak. They try to bully and the congress leadership due to its vote bank politics supported the belligerence of muslims at the cost of hindu majority. Such a situation has created some fringe elements in hindu society to resort to extremism. However hindus have no problem with Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, parsis etc. Hopefully the muslim community has understood that peaceful coexistence and economic progress and education is the only future. The booming economy has given everyone a new hope and this will keep people away from quarreling.Recommend

  • Kaja Mohideen

    Don’t jump to conclusions. The Hindu contrary to its name is more secular than Tribune. Read it online.Recommend

  • Krranti 2020

    We Indians have tolerated enough injustice on fellow citizens in the name of tolerance, no more now.Recommend

  • Rakib

    There is black humour in what you say. Unwittingly you made it appear as if ink & bomb both are good and debate is only about which is better of the two! One can show disapproval without using either, you see. Agree about scaremongering.

    Problem is tolerance of Indians is selective. Years ago when a bunch of louts poured warm, molten tar on the head of the then journalist Arun Shourie as protest against his book on Ambedkar (“Worshipping False God”), the politicians, including of Congress/BJP/SS, hummed & hawed because the Dalit votes mattered much to them. Today when BJP & SS are on turf war & an ex-aide of one of BJP’s own stalwarts has been “inked”, the noise is on.Recommend

  • wb

    I have to give you some credit for showing some integrity in naming Owaisi and Azham Khan.

    Other seculars of India believe that Hindus are meant to just keep quiet and suffer under Muslim minority bullying.Recommend

  • Sridhar Kaushik

    I would have been happy if somebody had done this to Kasuri.Recommend

  • jay

    Actually intolerance starts from believing in a person without questioning his credentials , you which person we are talking about ?Recommend

  • Rakib

    Let alone “one voice” (which can easily mean one day “His”-Voice) there were times when one could even trample Constitution as form of protest so long as nobody was killed or property damaged..

    And then there was the great Constituent Assembly (1946-49) made up of Ambedkar, Aruna Asafali, Ayyangar, R.Prasad, V.Patel, Nehru, KM Munshi, Azad & host of others that finalised the Constitution. They were reasonably intelligent & experienced people. Perhaps patriotic & nationalistic too. Yet, they did not provide for any punishment if somebody decided to burn a copy of Constitution, which some did. So long as person or property wasn’t burnt!

    Quarter century later a highly intolerant lady Indira Gandhi, taking advantage of charged atmosphere due to BD situation, introduced Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act in 1971 making such a protest against Constitution a criminal offence. More stringent laws are to be expected.Recommend

  • Concard

    LOL. The Hindu is not secular, it is extreme left leaning News paper. In fact you can call them as Communist. Because it’s founder believed in Marxist ideals.Recommend

  • hp kumar

    well saidRecommend

  • hp kumar

    where is the primateRecommend

  • Parvez

    If you ask Mr.Venkatachalam he would say that his cause is very much a ‘ nationalist cause ‘………Recommend

  • Videlicet

    Actually The Hindu is a little anti-Hindu, pro-minority, pro-dalit and far leftist.Recommend

  • Sane

    Reading the comments of Indians supporting extremism (or whatever they name and call it), there is no doubt that India is sinking and going back to be read in history books. Indian nation is divided in religion and caste basis and there exists no nation like Indian now. This divide is widening very rapidly and the nation India is dying its natural death.

    Dear Indian trolls: Please do not start your comments about Pakistan. We know our problems more than you and are in process of correction. We are improving.Recommend

  • ApplesAndOranges

    Comparing Kulkarni to Bugti implies Kulkarni was leading an armed campaign. And if he was, would Indian armed forces simply smear him with ink.Recommend

  • Sane

    very ‘pleased’ to see your comments reflecting mindset of those ‘educated’ and ones who are available with internet. If this is from ‘educated’ ones (probably), then what to talk about those who are illiterate. Great Indians, you are inversely progressing to diminish.Recommend

  • Videlicet

    Only by Hindu extremists? What about beating up PETA activists, including women, by muslim extremists? In contrast there was no Hindu chauvinism at display here– more of a misplaced notion of patriotism and disdain for a Pakistani (that too political) writer beside an attempt to grab the headlines.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/Petas-call-to-Muslims-to-observe-vegetarian-Eid-misfires/articleshow/43147780.cms

    Equality cannot exist without a uniform civil code!Recommend

  • Brutus

    What nishantsirohi123 has said is not far from truth. Before questioning the mindset of educated Indians have you ever questioned the mindset of your country’s lawyers who mobbed, garlanded and showered rose petals on a self confessed murderer? How did you react to the outrage of a retired chief justice, supposedly preserver of law and an epitome of justice, passionately defending the same murderer?
    I can go on, but my intention is just to tell you that, before generalizing others you must think twice. Shall I have to remind you of that famous quotation ” Before pointing a finger at others………………………….???Recommend

  • Vish

    I guess it’s tit for tat. Pakistani newspapers are dominated by Indian news including ET. Just look at the top trending blogs on ET or Dawn, all about India. So if ET can write on India I guess Indian commentators can write about Pakistan. As it is Indian news hardly covers Pakistan and even when it does hardly anyone comments, unlike here. Recommend

  • Raghupal Singh Tomar

    Yes Yes i also advocate for that constitution which was drafted and adopted by constituent assembly but why then jihadees not agreeing on directive principles to be implemented. The craft of taking meaning on self side will not work. WHY PAKISTAN WAS CREATED. ONLY TO SETTLE DISPUTES OF HINDU-MUSLIMS. By allowing muslims to remain in India the basic concept of division of a great nation had been nullified.Recommend

  • Raghupal Singh Tomar

    Thank you.Recommend

  • Raghupal Singh Tomar

    The cause of Mr Venkatachalam and his few leftist supporters like u will never be a nationalist cause.Recommend

  • Farhan

    Even Ayesha Siddiqa who usually focuses on critiquing Pakistan is starting to note it:
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/972873/turning-out-like-us/Recommend

  • multi_io

    That’s a powerful image. The guy sits there, stoically, his face covered with ink, continuing to do what he came there for. I have no idea what this dispute is about and who’s right and who’s wrong (frankly, I haven’t even read the article :-D), but psychologically it seems clear to me that the ink attackers achieved the exact opposite of what they wanted. They managed to present their target subject as a determined, fearless and strong-willed person who won’t falter and won’t be distracted as he pursues his goals and continues to do what he wants to do and what he thinks is right.Recommend

  • R. Subramanian

    You are right about “The Hindu”Recommend

  • Ali

    Ye trytat an Modi would have had his face “inked” PakistanisRecommend

  • Burma-Shell

    Most of these Hindustani trolls are unemployed and destitute.
    They work on a piecemeal basis for various Bharati entities. They
    must have a smattering of English proficiency. They all take a test. Latest sources indicate they are paid on a per diem basis. And must provide proof that they posted at least 5 comments in Pakistani.
    newspapers. [That is why such a huge load of Hindu trolls on ET.]
    The rate runs from Rs. 150 to Rs. 200. Depending upon the political
    nexus. The highest rate is from Vishwa Hindu Parishad. Since VHP
    has members all over the world and these members support the
    homeland’s Hindu extremists with huge donations. Millions of dollars.
    So, when you have this situation of high unemployment in neighboring Bharat, there is no escaping trolls. In some cases, men with Master’s degrees, are working as sweepers, cleaning railway stations, latrines, and picking up cow dung from streets, while dodging buses, trucks and of course, the auto rickshaws.
    By the way, some of these political entities do not pay in rupees.
    They give out coupons, redeemable for a meal at their restaurants.Recommend

  • sParthiv

    I kind of enjoy reading comments when pakistanis get insecure with india. For ages pakistanis have been saying a day will come when india will fall and its been 68 years and india is still standing. people sitting in pakistan which declared itself a islamic republic and destroyed its minority population form 24% in 1947 to 0.7 % in 2015 is commenting shamelessly on secularism in India. hilarious. I love the insecurity they feel when they see themselves before indians. 20 years from now pakistan will still be crying over india as it moves further away from it. they say india cant move forward without good relations with pakistan but we just did. we went so far that you need atleast 4 decades to catch up with the present pace.lolRecommend

  • Sane

    To correct yourself you need others to do same mistake. Good strategy and excellent approach. Hip hip hurray. I am happy that India is dying its own death. Also the intellects of India is polarized. By the way do you know for how many years India was ruled by Muslims and then by Britishers. But, you could not learn anything from this slavery.Recommend

  • Miyagi Jr.

    And there we go again! instead of realizing wrongs on both sides of the border, everyone is busy mud-slinging.Recommend

  • Parvez

    I am a Pakistani and I try to keep an open, unbiased neutral mind.Recommend

  • Rakib

    Total & Complete Prohibition of consumption of Alcohol is also an important Directive Principle of State Policy. Why not implement that all-India first as an example? Why fanatics of the Right do not ban it?

    You can’t get beef banned in BJP-run State of Goa, you can’t stop Hindus of Kerala or Buddhists of North East from eating it; what to talk of Alcohol! Today, SC has ordered that Bars that have paid dancing girls will be allowed to function all over Maharashtra, including Mumbai. Bacchus is fine, Beef isn’t!?!Recommend

  • Rakib

    There are a million India within India and it is multi-polarised society for centuries and so what? Everybody lives together out of instinct for self-preservation; not for some lofty ideal of a vast “brotherhood” or unity but because of interdependence and centuries of shared experiences & sheer habit. That state of permanent truce is breached sometimes but survival instincts repair the damage. By no stretch are the commenter here, self included, are representatives of Indian hoi polloi.

    Slavery? “Slave” dynasty did rule! And barring a few specific invaders that took away large number of Indian slaves as war-booty across Bolan/Khyber, there is no mention that Indians at large were treated as slaves by any Sultan. (Aberration such as some Haris of today’s Pakistan are exceptional!).Joke is almost every chhota-barra Nawab & even Englishmen from a Factor to Gov Gen of EI Company owed money to money lending Hindu Sahukar!

    As a talking point it’s all ok but why do Muslims of Pakistan feel this obsessive need to claim kinship with non-Indian invaders? How infantile to say: “I can’t do it but my adopted ancestor did you in, didn’t he?” Is this meant to recall some kind of lost glory, even if stretched, in present misery, even if exaggerated?

    One is reminded of such Awadhi-Nawabi-characters played by that genius- Moin Akhtar-per screenplay written by Deccani Hyderabadi Anwar Maqsood. Worth picking up a copy of old Hali’s ‘Musaddas’ too, to get a clearer picture of one’s own & of Hindus.Recommend

  • harkol

    There is no constitutional bar on a a foreign born becoming PM/president in India, as long as they are naturalized citizens.

    And you are repeating what I said. India is not a secular country. It is relatively a more tolerant country than majority of nations around the world, but to be secular it has to have separation of religion from law making, which is not really the case. It needs to move toward common law for all its citizens to be truly secular.

    Recently Indian supreme court has again pushed for that.Recommend

  • prahlad sharma

    sir, btw what is your source of information of payment of Rs. 150 and more for writing comments ? i must admire you and the likes for evolving such theories. sir, the flag of conspiracy theory has been kept aloft in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Vinod

    Yes you are right my friend. India will slowly be destroyed when Indian Muslims will be in majority. Wait 20 years and India will be declared Islamic country. Indian Hindus will be forced out or converted. Pakistan and India will be united once again.Recommend

  • Nouman Ahmed

    India was tolerant but not anymore.Recommend

  • Raghupal Singh Tomar

    WHEN U TRY TO COMMENT, PUT YOUR VIEWS WITH RELEVANCY ON THE TOPIC. MAJORITY OF INDIA WANT TO DRINK ALCOHOL THEN WHAT IS THE PROBLEM TO YOU. You eat Beef or what not we do not have any problem but by announcing on Loudspeakers that we will eat Beef then the problem arouses. What Hindus of Kerala or Buddhist of NE eat they never announce it offensively.Recommend

  • Raghupal Singh Tomar

    MY DEAR Parvez, thanks for revealing your ID. Keep it up with your unbiased neutral comments. But friend how India & Pak become a partner not foes, u suggest. I have full faith on u. We have same facial image, language, and if u do not mind our forefathers were of same lineage. Recommend

  • Brutus

    Going by your reply, I now, as a latecomer to this forum, understand why my fellow Indians ignored your previous illogical comment about India and Indians, they are absolutely right in taking you lightly. Your reply to my post is totally bereft of even a single logical point.
    You deserves to be ignored.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    List of current and past Pakistani Presidents and PMs jailed by your Army: Nawaz Shariff, Zardari, Benazir Bhutto, ZAB.

    Killed: ZAB, Benazir

    This has to be some kind of record. Pakistan has the most of number of premiers who have been to jail or exile at some point in their lives. I heard former President Zardari has ran away to UAE, while the dictator who put him in jail is in Pakistan – Only in Pakistan!

    Bugti is yet another example of a long list of politicians bumped off by your Army.

    Hurriat is very anti-India and they all live in J&K and even meet Pakistani High Commission on Indian soil, something which is unthikable in Pakistan. Give some credit to India where its due. It is this kind of arrogance with which you lost Bangladesh.Recommend

  • Rakib

    Don’t shout. That’s uncouth. Maintain decorum on a foreign forum.

    And so if majority likes something, Constitution can be defied, is it? Why not amend it then? Anyway, you missed my point.I am all in favour of drinks. Alcohol example was to tell you not to take Directive Principles as a mandatory, time bound programme. It is a road-map for future, not destination. There is Directive Principle of Hindi as Sole National Language and Uniform Civil Code too. So what?

    Nobody goes about announcing anything. Till father of an Indian Air force Corporal was lynched to death on false charge of eating beef nobody cared. Make the laws and implement them; if somebody breaks it report to police and get him punished. Don’t kill people by taking law in your hand. Protect India’s image. Is that all too much to ask from supporters of BJP?Recommend

  • Parvez

    This article has nothing to do with Pakistan. Its written by a concerned intelligent Indian …….. who in my view deserves to be taken seriously.Recommend

  • Jayman

    Is that a talking statue beside Mr.Kasuri??Recommend

  • Raghupal Singh Tomar

    The author is only want to come in lime light by writing against the views of majority. Who in majority’s view deserves to be condemned.Recommend

  • Hameed from UK

    Work of Hindu good terrorists.

    Funny that its the Hindus that are on the defensive now after all that long of blaming Pakistanis for facilitating good terrorists.Recommend

  • Hameed from UK

    Yes, yes we must accept Hinduvta terrorism and just roll over and keep quite for the sake of peace or else Hindus would be so unhappy and loss of peace would be our fault. Could you have blamed the victims of Hinduvta terrorism any better?Recommend

  • Hameed from UK

    Majority of the Muslims want to eat beef? What is it to you?Recommend

  • Hameed from UK

    I think it was the Hindu Pundit who falsely accused the Muslim of eating cow through the mandir loudspeaker. You are blaming the victim here again just like your BJP leadership.

    Also there are laws against beef so your ‘no problem with eating beef’ is a lie.Recommend

  • Parvez

    The important issue here is ‘ Is the majority right ? ‘ and I feel the debate is an on going one.Recommend

  • Tenzing Norgay

    Did you look within? Well this long winding thingamajig diatribe about
    Modi, reminds you and the world, of a similar adoration, a silent,
    acquiescing population, supporting wholeheartedly, a demagogue
    a shyster, a thug, who took over a nation, in a very similar way. Hitler.
    The adoring Germans supported Hitler in every which way. Period.
    THEY were all PATRIOTIC GERMANS. When the pogroms
    against the Jews/minorities started, they all kept quite. Silent.
    Could be, Sri Modi is following a similar path? Thank God for
    Pakistan, Sri Lanka, China being in the neighborhood, to prevent
    a repeat,..of a Shining Hindu Phoenix Rising from the Nazi ashes.Recommend

  • Headstrong

    Yawn – this thing about comparing Modi to Hitler has become oh so stale! You think Indians are keeping quiet? Have you seen the opposition to these Hindutva fringe elements? I don’t know where you’re from – but in India there’s a huge backlash coming Modi’s way. We the people know when to put someone in his place – we voted Modi to power for his development agenda and voted the Congress (UPA) out for their sloth and corruption. If things go out of control, we’ll vote Modi out too. Politicians are beginning to learn that they cannot take us for a ride.
    China, Pakistan, Sri Lanka (!) cannot prevent the rise of India – in spite of all our issues, we’re growing. And we’ll continue to grow. China and Pakistan should be concerned about their own growth rather than interfering in ours. If they pick up their own economies, then you can Thank God. Recommend

  • Headstrong

    Sir, right minded people in India are concerned about the rising trend of intolerance. Rest assured it’ll be put to bed. I’m a BJP supporter – and, yes, I eat beef too! It IS possible. I voted Modi for his developmental agenda – if I find him unable to rein in intolerant forces, I’ll vote for someone else. Many in the country are like me. Watch Bihar – see how the BJP is shown its place. Also, do read my earlier comment. Recommend

  • Headstrong

    Thank you for a ‘Sane’ reply. I also don’t get it that most Pakistanis (at least those I see here) and, indeed, many Indians, see Muslim rule over ancient India as some kind of humiliation. I simply believe that those who ruled over ‘India’ were also ‘Indians’ – except the British of course. Why we need to ‘rub it in’ (in the case of Pakistanis) or feel ‘ashamed’ of it (Indians) is beyond me. Recommend

  • Rakib

    Thanks for your both comments. Let’s hope Modi is allowed, without let & hindrance, by his own parent organisation RSS & other bodies, to perform well in critical areas for which you have voted him. If that happens, regardless of level of success achieved history will applaud him. If not he will be consigned to dustbin.Recommend

  • Ajay

    So the title of the article accepts that indian society is tolerant whereas Pakistani and basically Islamic societies are intolerant and dogmatic?Recommend