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NDA government facing Intellectual anger over Intolerance Featured

NDA government led by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has been facing massive criticism for last few months over the rising 'intolerance' in the country. Several non-political personalities, especially writers and intellectuals, publicly expressed their concerns over the ideological viciousness in the country.They were reacting to several sporadic events such as communal violence, attack on individuals who dared to speak against fundamentalism, provocative remarks by ministers, ruling party leaders, and moral policing by right-wing organisations. Two specific incidents broke the silence of intellectuals: murder of rationalist writer M.M. Kalburgi and lynching of Muslim man by a Hindu mob on rumours that he was storing beef at his residence in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh. For expressing their protest over the intolerance more than 24 artists were returned national awards. The niece of the former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, A English Writer, Nayanatara Sahgal was one among the list.  Like as Malayalam Poet, K. Satchidanandan and Writer-activist Arundhati Roy have also returned their awards and Money to the government.In another side the government reports itself showing that the communal violence has raised 25% in the first five months of 2015 under the NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, compared to the corresponding period of the previous year when the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance was in power. In second side of the issue, Modi cabinet colleagues anger over reacting of the National awardees and also alleged that why their conscience did not awake during Emergency. And also Modi’s team would colour to the issue with political touch. Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that anyone can openly challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi on any policy, but they should desist from spreading misinformation that hurts the country. Naidu has asked awardees why they were silent during the Emergency or anti-Sikh riots in Delhi 31 years ago, Why did not awake during Emergency (1975-77), during massacre of 3,500 Sikhs in Delhi in 1984, when three lakh Kashmiri Pandits were driven out of their homes and when fellow writer Taslima Nasreen was attacked in Hyderabad a few years ago? he asked. There is no answer when asked why they did not respond when terrible things happened earlier in the country, Naidu said, delivering a talk tonight on 'why the so-called intellectuals silent then and violent now'.
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