The intolerant mindset is not restricted to any single political party. Hence, it is likely to continue, irrespective of who comes to power.
As controversy continues to rage over the exit of Raghuram Rajan as Reserve Bank Governor, former finance minister P Chidambaram on July 4 said he believes he had every right to speak out on issues that were not strictly within his brief
BJP in West Bengal on May 7 termed Jadavpur University as a "hub of anti-national elements" and accused the Opposition CPI(M) and the varsity's Vice-Chancellor of supporting them, a day after rival groups of students clashed on the campus over screening of a political film.
Jaitley, who is on an official visit to the US, said media reports about intolerance in India does not impact foreign investment in the country.
Authorities in India failed to â€œprevent many incidents of religious violenceâ€ and sometimes â€œcontributed to tensions through polarising speechesâ€, Amnesty International said as it condemned growing intolerance in the country in its annual report released on Wednesday.
Interacting with budding entrepreneurs during his visit to the Startup village near Kalamassery here, Rahul Gandhi said youths across the globe are attracted to Silicon Valley due to its inclusive nature.
"Intolerance is intolerable", that's the simple maxim that the country's foremost constitutional lawyer Fali Nariman puts forward when it comes to the intolerance debate
"Those attacking the NDA Government in the name of "intolerance" are actually hurting the image and standing of the country," he said
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'.
Last week, film actor Aamir Khan was in news following his remarks on â€˜intolerance‘ in the country.
Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home, said it has now proved that Congress has made a mistake by levelling the allegations that there was an atmosphere of "intolerance".
The opposition attack is set to gain momentum from next Monday when the government brings its legislative agenda on the table after a two-day special sitting to discuss Constitution and its maker B R Ambedkar on his 125th birth anniversary. The government has called an all-party meeting today.
According to KV Sridhar, National Creative Director, Sapientnitro, personal comments of a brand ambassador do not usually affect the brand, but in this particular case it took a political turn.
In a BJP Parliamentary Board meeting held on Wednesday evening, it was underlined that the party needs to be united in countering the allegations by the opposition parties on the issue of intolerance.
Snapdeal distanced itself from the remark saying the comments made by the actor were "in his personal capacity" and it was in no way connected with them.
Aamir Khan backed filmstar Shah Rukh Khan and has now joined the chorus of artists and writers protesting rising intolerance in the country. The actor has said there is a sense of insecurity in the country and that his wife has even suggested leaving India, fearing for the safety of their child.
Inaugurating the first-ever International Conference of Indologists, he cited Swami Vivekananda's message that "the world has yet to learn from India, the idea not only of toleration, but of sympathy" as he sought to remind people of the high values for which the country has been known.
Contending that India is today the most favourite destination for investment, Naidu said some opponents had launched a "disinformation campaign" for political reasons.
Voicing deep concern over murder of thinkers and recent incidents of hate in the country, he said the suppression of right of dissent cannot be allowed.
Modi's administration has faced a rising tide of criticism for failing to rein in hardline Hindu groups that are campaigning for issues such as cow worship in a multi-faith country.