The Tolerance of the intolerant: Indian context

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Prajval Amin, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur



As the history has it, the world has witnessed the ideological differences emanating from the same set of people which has helped the same set a background for healthy competitive debate and dialogue. As such, there is never anything like intolerance, it is just the swollen reactions of the ones who vehemently oppose or demand something which doesn’t fit into the clutches of propriety, if there are any.

Before Modi government took the reins of power at centre, there commenced a set of very inconspicuous events which were resultant of the attempts of right wing fanatics terming the other side deshdrohi or traitor. The university students, who have often been seen as a mascots of communism or radical ideology have been on focus of the attackers group. Universities, especially in capital have been always under the watchful eyes, for most of the political leaders have gestated there.

At one side, there’s an extreme positive population suddenly and surprisingly preaching everyone the lessons of presence and at the other, the naysayers. The rift amongst them is resultant of the egos and is termed as ‘intolerance’ by the ones who can’t tolerate peace and harmony. To an ordinary citizen, there is nothing at present in India that can be termed ‘intolerant’, be it propagated from either of the sides. Media unfortunately has made things worse by making this an epic opportunity to grow in times where people are already tired with the cacophony of anchors.


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