Chairman emeritus of Tata Sons, Ratan Tata, rednewswire
Endorsing Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia’s views on the issue, he spoke against the alleged growing intolerance in his address at the 119th foundation day function of Scindia School.
“We want to live in an environment where we love our fellow men. We don’t shoot them, we don’t kill them. We don’t hold them hostages but give a bit of ourselves and we give and take,” Tata added.
Before Tata, Scindia in his address to the students said, “The hallmark of a civilised society is debate, discussion and disagreement. An environment of intolerance was prevailing in the country today.”
A crackdown on dissent was against the progress of society, the Congress leader said, while hitting out at cow vigilantes.
Last year, Mohammad Akhlaq, 50, was dragged from his house in Bisada village near Dadri town in Greater Noida, and beaten to death by around 100 people over rumours he had eaten beef. Akhlaq’s murder fuelled concerns that religious intolerance may be growing under the Modi government. The event unleashed a chain of protests across the country, with prominent writers, filmmakers and scientists returning their state awards.
Critics have accused the Centre of having failed to protect minorities since it came to power at 2014 general elections. While PM Modi did eventually describe the lynching as “unfortunate”, many commentators pointed out that it took the prime minister several weeks to respond.