INDIA IS A TOLERANT COUNTRY.
INDIA WILL REMAIN A TOLERANT COUNTRY.
India is more than 5000 years old and one of the oldest civilisations in the
world.Earlier,we were practising Sanathana Dharma which is an universal
Law as there were not many religions that time as we have today.We had
only one mantra"Sarve Jana Sukhino Bhavanthu" meaning every one
must live happily & also "Vasudeva Kutumbakam" meaning the world is one
big family.Hence how can India be an intolerant country?
We are a tolerant country that is why we were invaded by Greeks, and
by foreign muslim rulers. We were also ruled by Portuguese (in Goa),French
in Pondicherry,Karaikal & Mahe, Mulim rulers and by British. No other
country in the world history were ruled by so many foreigners as was in India.
I donot know whether to call this as tolerant or our surrender,or we were weak.
Now, coming to intolerance as made out to be by the writers, scientists &
intelllectuals who are surrendering the awards as mark of protest.Here.I would
like to ask how many Scientists,Writers,& intellectuals voiced or surrendered
their awards when the freedom of Speech was curtailed for 18 months during
emergency or when Sikh riots took place in 1984 in Delhi,or even when
Kashmiri Pandits were thrown out of Kashmir?.The awards were given by the
country & not by any government for their valuable contributions in their
respective fields.Hence, if there are any feelings to be expressed,let us not
return the awards,instead use many other forums to express the feelings