Sonia Gandhi, president of Congress raised her concerns over the “rising intolerance” ina meeting with President Mukherjee that lasted for 40 minutes. The one-on-one meeting took place hours after Modi conjured the 1984 sikh riots saying that the congress should “stop lecturing on tolerance”.
To raise the pitch of the subject, Congress President along with certain parliamentarians will head to President Pranab Mukherjee’s house. The debate that will presumably be taken up will deal with the latest news of attacks on rationalists and mob killing led by the powerful instillation of thought by the herd mentality.
Prior to the meeting with President, Modi’s comment was taken up sharply by the congress on invoking of the past on the subject of sikh riots. While addressing a rally in Bihar, Modi said,”Doob maro (drown in shame)… Try to remember that day in 1984 when Sikhs were being massacred in Delhi and all over India two-three days after Indira Gandhi was killed. There were serious charges against the Congress party and Congress leaders…,” referring to the mob killings of Sikhs in the days after the assassination of the former Prime Minister on October 31 that year.
Meanwhile, Congress cradled a speech on riots, but this time on the 2002 riots in Gujarat. It is the very state that Mr Modi ruled for 13 years and poured violence according to Sonia Gandhi.
“Like in 2002, Modi has forgotten Raj Dharma in 2015,” said Congress spokesman Anand Sharma, as he invoked the phrase that was used by the then prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee.
He further accused him by saying, “The Prime Minister cannot be given the certificate of excellence on this front….He is all-powerful and not that helpless.”
While both the party’s are admist verbal conflict, the President has sent out a strong message stressing on India’s core values of tolerance and diversity. The paradoxical state has hence raised serious concern for the people of the country and the system it dwells in.