A day after Union finance minister Arun Jaitley disapproved intolerance and vandalism, another senior minister in the Narendra Modi cabinet, Rajnath Singh also spoke against doing politics in the name of religion or sect.
“The news of intolerance we are getting from electronic and print media is very worrisome. For us, these are issues of concern,” Singh said at the inaugurating the Indian Police Foundation and the Indian Police Institute which will bring together the police professionals, academia and citizens to provide a platform for research and discussion on policing issues.
Singh said that a day before Dusshera, he is appealing to all the citizens to remember that India is the only country that has given the principal of ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam’, or the world is one family to the world.
“We should not be getting any complaints of intolerance on the basis of caste, creed, religion or sect,” he said.
Rajnath Singh said there should be no politics in the name of religion or sect as he termed the latest incidents of violence in Faridabad and in Punjab as very unfortunate and condemnable.
He said he is in touch with the chief ministers of these states.
On policing, the home minister said there was a need to change the perception of Indian police.
The home minister told the gathering that when people see a policeman, they are gripped by a sense of fear and this needs to change in order to instill a sense of confidence when they look at a policeman.
Singh added that many advisories sent by his ministry for police reforms have not been implemented till now by many states.