Violence in name of faith won’t be tolerated: Modi

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Aug 2017 08:32:53


 

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TALKING tough, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asserted that violence in the name of faith of any kind won’t be tolerated and the guilty would be punished, in a clear reference to the mayhem caused by the followers of self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.


He said nobody has the right to take the law into own hands and everybody will have to bow before the law.
Invoking Lord Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi to remind about the country’s tradition of non-violence, Modi said the Constitution prepared by B R Ambedkar provides scope for redressal of all kinds of grievances and justice to all.


“On the one hand, the country is in the midst of celebrating festivals and on the other, when news of violence from any part of the country comes in, it is only natural of be concerned,” the Prime Minister said in his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ which he began with this issue.
Though he did not take any names, he was clearly referring to the mayhem caused by the followers of Ram Rahim, chief of Dera Sacha Sauda, in Haryana after his conviction in a rape case on last Friday.


“Ours is the country of Buddha and Gandhi. It is the land of Sardar Patel who gave up his all for the unity of the nation. For centuries, our forefathers have imbibed community values, non-violence, mutual respect – these are inherent to us,” Modi said. He highlighted the concept of ‘Ahimsa Parmo Dharmah’ (non-violence is the biggest religion).


“From the ramparts of the Red Fort, I had said (in the recent Independence Day address) that violence in the name of faith will not be tolerated, whether it is communal belief systems, whether it is subscribing to political ideologies, whether it is allegiance to a person or customs and traditions,” the Prime Minister asserted.


“No one has the right to take the law into one’s own hands in the name of one’s beliefs,” he added. “I want to assure my countrymen that people who take the law into their own hands and are on the path of violent suppression, whether it is a person or a group, neither this country nor any Government will tolerate it,” he said. He said everybody will have to bow before the law which will “fix accountability and the guilty will unquestionably be punished.”


During his 30-minute broadcast, the Prime Minister also spoke about a number of other issues like richness of the country’s diversity, asked people to undertake ‘Cleanliness is Service’ campaign ahead of the Gandhi Jayanti and mentioned about schemes like Jan Dhan for empowerment of the poor. Modi on Sunday urged people not to bargain over petty amounts with small shopkeepers, vegetable vendors and auto-rickshaw drivers. In the context of the upcoming ‘Teacher’s Day’ on September 5, the birthday of former President Dr. Radhakrishnan, he suggested that people should make a resolve to ‘Teach to Transform, Educate to Empower, Learn to Lead’.