Don’t teach India lessons in democracy, tolerance, Subramanian Swamy

March 11, 2017 15:41
Don’t teach India lessons in democracy, tolerance, Subramanian Swamy

BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy said that India is a tolerant and democratic country and "people don't need to teach us that", as he warned DU students to be wary of attempts to divide the country.

"We should be wary of the attempts to divide India. Indian society has always been tolerant and has maintained relationships with people through debates. We are a democratic and tolerant nation and we don't need people to teach us that," Swamy said while addressing students at Delhi University.

Swamy mentioned, how he was not allowed to speak at Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC) and the college had cancelled its programme. Taking a jibe at JNU students, he said that "they incited stone pelters and separatists on February 9 and this is not freedom of speech".

Dean of Law Faculty, Ved Kumari has raised her concerns on how women have been kept silent in the debate about nationalism. "If women stand up on International Women's Day and ask for their rights and for their freedom from patriarchy then they shouldn't be called anti-nationals," Kumari said.

Former Chief justice of the Patna High Court, Iqbal Ahmed Ansari said that sedition is an intensely debatable subject. "Laws are norms set by governments and they don't remain static. Essence of democracy is to agree to disagree and if we don't see this being maintained then we will see shoes and furniture being thrown instead of debates. Freedom of speech and expression is the first condition for liberty," he said.

By Premji

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