Published: Wed, December 04, 2019

Industrialist Rahul Bajaj questions Amit Shah on intolerance, lynchings in India

Industrialist Rahul Bajaj questions Amit Shah on intolerance, lynchings in India

Veteran industrialist Rahul Bajaj at an Economic Times award function said there was an "atmosphere of fear".

Shah had responded to him saying there is "no need to fear about anything".

Bajaj also referred to PM Modi's reaction to Pragya Thakur's earlier reference to Godse as a "deshbhakt" in May, saying "the prime minister had said it would be very hard for him to forgive her". "Mr Bajaj, who prefaced his remarks by announcing "you are doing real work", counseled the Home Minister "...if we criticise you there's no such thing as a self belief that you may possibly enjoy that".

Supporting Bajaj, Shaw had earlier said, "Hope the govt reaches out to India Inc for working out solutions to revive consumption n growth". So far, we are being kept away from all and the central government is not ready to listen to any criticism about the economy.

Congress national spokesperson Pawan Khera on Sunday said that Home Minister Amit Shah and RSS will never accept that there is an "atmosphere of intolerance" in the country.

Bajaj said, "Nobody will say". Questions/criticisms are heard and answered/addressed. "Always a better way to seek an answer than spreading one's own impressions which, on gaining traction, can hurt national interest".

Her remarks drew varied responses with the opposition Congress seizing on it to criticise the government.

However, even after Shah's reassurance that people can criticise the government without fearing the backlash, BJP Union Ministers lashed out at the industrialist for overtly questioning Amit Shah. "Does national interest lie in praising you!", he tweeted. Also the way finance minister reacted it is evident that this government do not appreciate criticism. "There are societies in the world which are governed by fear, but a society where citizens can weave fake narratives & hurl invectives at the govt cannot be classified as one governed by fear, it is a society characterized by fair dose of indiscipline", said Puri without bothering to clarify whose was the fake narrative, who was hurling invectives, and who was indisciplined. His grandfather, Mr Jamnalal Bajaj, was an Indian independence fighter and Mahatma Gandhi confidant who founded the group in 1926. "This is exactly what democracy is all about". He said the current regime has created an environment of fear and uncertainty.

"India Inc was relieved that Mr Bajaj asked the question". "After hearing your question I doubt anybody believes this claim that people are afraid", he tweeted.

On Friday, after authorities data confirmed India's GDP slowing to 4.5 per cent within the July-September quarter - the lowest in over six years - Mr Singh entreated the High Minister and his authorities to regulate the climate of society within the country "from one in every of panic to that of self belief". "Technology start-ups that are an important new engine of economic growth and jobs, seem to live under a shadow of constant surveillance and deep suspicion".

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