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Jagruti Jain, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
We have heard this word “Intolerance” many a times in last few days. Some Indians are blaming India to be intolerant. Padmabhushan awardee Anupam Kher took the intolerant-battle to Justice Ashok Ganguly and the Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi-led Congress party like no one ever.
In his fiery speech at Telegraph National Debate in Kolkata, the Bollywood actor ripped apart the former Supreme Court Judge Ganguly and Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala in presence of other speakers. He not only slammed the Opposition party for its disruptive tactics in the Parliament, but also bashed them for their double standards. He attacked former Supreme Court judge Ashok Ganguly who raised doubts over the execution of 2013 Parliament terror attack convict Afzal Guru. He also attacked Congress who made the word ‘intolerance’ popular in the recent past and pointing the BJP led-government as the culprit.
As he quoted, only rich are talking about it. The poor are just worried about the food twice a day. The biggest form of intolerance was in 1974 during the emergency in India when all those people who spoke against the government were jailed. Rahul Gandhi, who has taken advantage of the situation and blaming BJP is actually being intolerant. Recently, he was found mocking about the ‘Make in India’ campaign initiated by PM Modi in parliament. He could not tolerate that Mr. Narendra Modi, a ‘Chai wala’, becoming a Prime Minister of India. The word intolerance is being marketed by him and the others to take revenge of the defeat in last elections.
Anupam Kher has stunned the audience by his speech. The video is going viral. But the question, whether this is going to affect Rahul Gandhi or anyone who is talking so much about intolerance, is debatable.