New Delhi(PTI): Amid the ‘intolerance’ debate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said any incident of “atrocity” is a “blot” on the society as well as the nation whose “pain” should be felt by all and asserted that unity and harmony is the only way to take the country forward. 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’.
Replying to a debate in Rajya Sabha on the Constitution, Modi underlined the ‘mantra of ekta’, saying there can be “many excuses for disintegration” in a diverse country like India but ways should be explored to keep the country united.
He said, “If we have a guiding light today, then that is our constitution. The main reason behind celebrating our Constitution was to make our young people aware of our great leaders of the past. The country cannot forget Baba Saheb Ambedkar’s contributions to the nation. I am sure during meetings, there would have been pressure from all corners, different views, but still we got a perfect constitution.”
“Our constitution is a social document, it is not about only laws. Baba Saheb Ambedkar used to say that industrialization is very important for India,” he further added.
PM Modi finally said, “No one needs to prove his patriotism, neither is there any reason to do so.”
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Adopting a conciliatory approach towards the opposition at a time when some crucial bills are stuck in the House, he pitched for bipartisan approach to all issues and decried attempts to introduce partisanship or politics in any issue concerning the nation.
In his 40-minute reply to the debate during which the government came under attack over ‘intolerance’, Modi said, “if there is any incident of atrocity against anybody, it is a blot on all of us, for the society as well as the nation. We should feel the pain and take this to ensure such things do not happen.”
Though he did not specify any such incident, the statement may be seen a reference to the Dadri case where a Muslim man was lynched over beef-eating rumours.