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There’s no indication of intolerance on ground: Arun Jaitley

Justifying his description of the debate on intolerance as “manufactured”, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley said there is no indication of intolerance on ground in the country.

india Updated: Nov 17, 2015 13:39 IST
File photo of finance minister Arun Jaitley addressing a conference in Mumbai.
File photo of finance minister Arun Jaitley addressing a conference in Mumbai.(PTI Photo)

Justifying his description of the debate on intolerance as “manufactured”, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday there is no indication of intolerance on ground in the country.

“On the ground I see an environment of public harmony in India. That’s why I initially referred to this debate as a manufactured one,” Jaitley, who arrived in Dubai on Sunday for a two-day visit to the UAE, said.

“It becomes an issue for discussion when people try to give the country a bad name and there the onus is on all of us as Indians to clarify the issue. But on the ground, there is no indication of intolerance,” he told reporters at a media briefing in Dubai on Monday.

At least 75 members of the intelligentsia have returned national or literary awards in an escalation of protests by writers, historians, filmmakers and scientists over “growing intolerance”, voicing fears that the country’s robust democracy might be “coming apart” in the current atmosphere.

Jaitley had dismissed the protest as a “manufactured paper rebellion” that was politically motivated.