Are Indians intolerant?
November 3, 2015 2:46pm CST
An outsider's view is always appreciated because it is not going to be myopic. I am not able to make out how it is now in our country. For Dadri, we had Babri. Dadri as we know was a murder of one man because of beef ban, whereas Babri was demolishing of a Masjid (place of worship for muslims) because historically, a Ram temple is believed to have been there. Dadri happened recently, Babri happened more than 20 years ago, when Congress was in power. Aftermath of Babri was terrible. It began with Godhra then Mumbai burning not to mention Akshardham. Dadri on the other hand witnessed lynching of an old Muslim man because those who arrived at his place believed he ate some beef even though beef was banned. Many died in aftermath of Babri. It is too early to say what will be repercussions of Dadri. Then there are awardees returning their awards. There were some other incidences too in Karnataka. But weren't such instances there before? I think there were. The foot in the mouth disease has infected most of the Indian politicians. I hate it when they waste newsprint on silly things instead of finding ways to unite the people.
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• Thiruvananthapuram, India
3 Nov 15
yes indeed you are right. indian news papers are full of negative where as Dr abdul kalam said that when he was in ISreal (land of war, where every day is terror) the news papaer was of a 25 year old boy who changed a desert into a productive land. That is the difference between indian and other countries newspaper.
3 Nov 15
"An outsider's view is always appreciated because it is not going to be myopic." That's a very dangerous assumption! A myopic outsider is more likely to draw conclusions based upon the stereotype of a culture, as opposed to reach genuinely objective deductions. xD
12 Nov 15
True long gap which fueled more hatred because the then government seemed so incapable of solving the issue and addressing it the way that it was expected to. A feeling of justice delayed and justice denied reigned and that often makes people take law in their hands. We see in small scale, we saw in large scale.
28 Nov 15
well its just politics , now you know BJP is in power so now other oppsition parties want to come to power and they need to defame the ruling party so they are playing all this politics and spreading rumors on this issue but what makes me think is there are many grt personalities and celebrity how they became suddenly and started speaking the word on intolarance
28 Nov 15
I think BJP needs to pat its back that people are able to come out in open and speak something which they couldn't in Congress regime. lol. Seriously, I expected Modi to take immediate stand against beef ban and that would have prevented Dadri. When that Dadri happened, even then he behaved as if I am not responsible. That is not how a nation's leader is expected to behave.
15 Nov 15
I agree. Much of it is media trying to express their views based on their personal beliefs which come from their respective homes. The flavor finds favor from people of similar thoughts and soon engulfs more. All that is expected of media is to report not to color.
• Chennai, India
12 Nov 15
These intolerants too know that we are tolerant of these intolerants. That's why they keep doing it. This is a country where people who abide by the rules feel more insecure than than those who break them. I heard that once a person asked Mr. Nehru "what is your Government's achievement? Nothing at all." for which Nehru ji replied "you are standing before me free even after asking such a question. This is our achievement". But I feel we need not be so tolerant, that these intolerants think us dumb.