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13 Sep, 2014

Hindu tradition of tolerance is showing strain, says eminent Indian jurist – Hindustan Times

Eminent jurist Fali Nariman hit out at the Narendra Modi government on Friday calling it ‘majoritarian’, and also expressed the view that Hinduism is losing its tolerance.

Arguing that the ‘Hindu tradition of tolerance is showing strain’, he said, “My apprehension is Hinduism is changing its benign face because…it is believed and proudly proclaimed by a few ,and not contradicted by those at the top, that it is because of their faith and belief that Hindus have been now put in the driving seat of governance.”

Nariman made this remark at a routine annual lecture organized by the National Commission of Minorities. Sparks flew, as the eminent jurist, chosing to be “unpopular rather than untruthful”, highlighted increasing instances of hate speech, and indicated that Commission was failing to discharge its responsibility.

Minister of Minority Affairs, Najma Heptullah, responded by respecting Nariman’s right to hold his views, but claimed that the government and Prime Minister Modi were committed to safeguarding the rights and liberty of all minorities.

Read the rest: Hindu tradition of tolerance is showing strain, says Fali Nariman – Hindustan Times.