1. Can’t justify murder of thinkers: Manmohan Singh on ‘intolerance’

Can’t justify murder of thinkers: Manmohan Singh on ‘intolerance’

Joining the chorus of protest against the 'growing intolerance' in the nation, former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Friday expressed his concern over the recent incidents of 'blatant violation of right to freedom of thought speech and expression' and asserted that 'suppression' due to caste or creed cannot be accepted at any cost.

By: | Updated: November 6, 2015 3:11 PM

Joining the chorus of protest against the ‘growing intolerance’ in the nation, former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Friday expressed his concern over the recent incidents of ‘blatant violation of right to freedom of thought speech and expression’ and asserted that ‘suppression’ due to caste or creed cannot be accepted at any cost.

Speaking at the inauguration of the national conference on ‘No peace without freedom, no freedom without peace’, Dr. Singh said that he was deeply saddened by the rampant assault on thinkers.

“All right thinking people have condemned this recent assault on nationhood. Murder of thinkers can’t be justified and suppression of dissent can’t be allowed. Religion could never become the basis for public policy and should not be imposed on anyone. Any erosion of diversity will weaken our nation. Peace is important for economic growth and core values of the Indian republic are under threat,” he said.

Invoking the country’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr. Singh further said the prerequisite for innovation, entrepreneurship and competition is an ‘open society and a liberal polity ‘where individuals are free to pursue their ideas.

“Suppression of dissent or free speech poses a grave danger for economic development. There can be no free market without freedom,” he said.

Dr. Singh’s comments come at a time when the nation is ripe with protests and agitations over the murder of literary icon M.M. Kalburgi, the Dadri lynching case and the recent Dalit murders.

The former prime minister was part of the Congress delegation led by party president Sonia Gandhi that had marched to the Rashtrapati Bhawan to express concern over the ‘growing intolerance’ in the country, alleging that those in power are attempting to spread hatred and divide the society.

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  1. Ajeet Ekbote
    Nov 6, 2015 at 11:04 pm
    If you have nothing to do then you while away your time by throwing stones at others
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      sabapathy
      Nov 6, 2015 at 9:43 pm
      freedom of speech doesn't mean hurting the religious feelings of people. the writers should write stories and articles only. they have no right to criticize about religion and the rituals of a particular religion. why did not the so called intellectuals protect salman rushdy and taslima from the religious fanatics when they were threatened?
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        Sri
        Nov 6, 2015 at 10:13 pm
        Maun Mohan Sing was silent during the UPA rule and now suddenly he has points to preach.. If only Maun Mohan singh was intolerant to the wide scale corruption that was rampant in the UPA..we wouldn be in such a mess today. There were aults during the UPA regime as well, Blaming Modi government for any and everything that happens in the country appears to the new hobby of sickulars.. FU all..
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        1. Chetan Naik
          Nov 6, 2015 at 9:52 pm
          This physically 99% dumb hypocrite man never uttered a word when Taslima Nasrin was attacked and sent out of India and Salman Rushdi's book was banned and he was threatened.
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            awaaz
            Nov 6, 2015 at 9:52 pm
            why did this sardar did not come up during parion of country, during 65 yrs rule of congress, during killing of innocents sikh's....
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              k.sampathkumar
              Nov 6, 2015 at 9:35 pm
              stray incidents occurring in various states where local police are the law protectors , cannot be construed as intolerance. since people have no better choice on airing their legitimate concerns of livelihood there is a big media hype in calling our country rising to intolerance. can any person define as to "what is intolerance and intolerance? just because the awards are being returned is no politics of stuff in the development of the country. the media should restrain itself in such hypes
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              1. Umeshchandra Mishra
                Nov 6, 2015 at 9:32 pm
                Its great that Mauni Baba has spoken up. But Sir, talking of thinkers who were murdered, some of the names being mentioned are Dabholkar, who was killed when you were PM and your party ruled the state, Kalbururgi, murdered in Congress ruled Karnataka, the govt yet tosolve the case. Where is the qquestion of justification, by whom ? And as for the Dadri case, the poor Aq was certainly not known to be a thinker, does it mean murder of non thinkers is in another category ! Please elucidate , Sir !
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                1. Praveen Singha
                  Nov 6, 2015 at 11:10 pm
                  Writer have the same right to protest as the other group. They should not be criticized, let them give the awards back, maybe they did not deserve it. Prime Minister should not get involved in these petty matters. Let the Home Minister, Chief minister and Police handle it.
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                    Nov 6, 2015 at 9:51 pm
                    Mr. MMS, you kept quite on a thousand occasions when you should have spoken up as the PM of this country. You have lost all right to say anything. You were nothing even when you held the most powerful position in this country. Now you will remain nothing even if you try otherwise.
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                    1. Ramakrishna Tumuluri
                      Nov 6, 2015 at 9:51 pm
                      Manmohan'JIs IS HMV BY FORCE OF HABIT-----STRAY INDIVIDUAL ATTACKS IN STATES OVER WHICH MODIJI HAS NO DIRECT ACCESS WHEN DESCRIBED AS NATONAL INTOLERANCE WILL CAUSE MORE HARM THAN GOOD TO THOSE WHO INDULGE IN SUCH PRESENTATON ----HONEST PRESENTATON OF FACTS IS WHAT WE EXPECT FROM DR, MM
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