Any incident of atrocity is a blot: PM

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Dec 2015 13:27:51

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Tuesday. (PTI/TV grab)



AMID the ‘intolerance’ debate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said any incident of “atrocity” is a “blot” on the society as well as the nation whose “pain” should be felt by all and asserted that unity and harmony is the only way to take the country forward.
He said no questions can be raised over patriotism of any of the 125 crore Indians and nobody needs to produce a “certificate of patriotism”, a statement that assumes significance as some people have make controversial remarks like asking dissenting people to ‘go to Pakistan’.
Replying to a debate in Rajya Sabha on the Constitution, Modi underlined the ‘mantra of ekta’, saying there can be “many
excuses for disintegration” in a diverse country like India but ways should be explored to keep the country united.
Adopting a conciliatory approach towards the opposition at a time when some crucial Bills are stuck in the House, he pitched for bipartisan approach to all issues and decried attempts to introduce partisanship or
politics in any issue concerning the nation.
In his 40-minute reply to the debate during which the Government came under attack over ‘intolerance’, Modi said, “if there is any incident of atrocity against anybody, it is a blot on all of us, for the society as well as the
nation. We should feel the pain and take this to ensure such things do not happen.”
Giving a glimpse of his idea which is still taking shape, he said the proposal could involve one State celebrating some other by holding annual festivals and learning languages.
Underlining that the country cannot move forward by ‘tu tu, mai mai’ (bickerings), Modi advocated the need for consensus while decrying the tendency to link everything to politics.
With several Bills stuck in Rajya Sabha where the ruling NDA does not have adequate numbers, the Prime Minister reached out to its members saying the Upper House should work by rising above the question of partiality.
“I give more importance to Rajya Sabha, the House of Elders. There cannot be any discussion where there are no Elders and Rajya Sabha has its own unique role,” he said.
He said even Nehru had advocated harmony between the two Houses. “It is important on how we should run this House... It is very important. The nation is looking at us.”