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Cows will take country to the dogs: Manish Tewari

Alleging that cow vigilantism, ‘love jihad’ and ‘ghar wapsi’ are “manifestations”, Tewari said these reflect the social agendas of the RSS to “try and create a majoritarian ethos”.

india Updated: Oct 27, 2017 18:31 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mohali
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Congress leader Manish Tewari addressing a Young Thinkers Conference at the Indian School of Business in Mohali on Friday.(Karun Sharma/HT)

Former Union minister Manish Tewari on Friday took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over cow vigilantism and commented, “Cows are going to take the country to the dogs.”

Addressing a Young Thinkers Conference at the Indian School of Business in Mohali, the Congress leader said, “The PM has not understood that social disharmony and economic progress cannot go hand in hand. When you have social turbulence, economic development will suffer... Unfortunately, over the past 41 months, there has been a premeditated attempt to submerge the social fabric of the country.”

Alleging that cow vigilantism, ‘love jihad’ and ‘ghar wapsi’ are “manifestations”, he said these reflect the social agendas of the RSS to “try and create a majoritarian ethos”.

He said Modi has taken the country economically backwards by four decades. “The double tap at the heart of the Indian economy, demonetisation and GST coupled with social disharmony, is responsible for the economic state we are in,” he said, referring to the growth rate coming down. He said demonetisation has killed the informal sector and so has the “tardy” implementation of GST.

Speaking about the upcoming assembly elections, Tewari said, “Gujarat may come as a rude shock for the PM as there is a movement (against his policies) in urban areas.”

‘Media divided, disempowered’

The former Ludhiana MP further alleged that Modi has divided the media. “This was never the culture of this country. You (Modi) have created a culture where either ‘you are with us or against us’,” he said, and also alluded to killings of journalists and rationalists, “Somebody may be pulling the trigger, but this government cannot absolve itself of the responsibility of creating an environment that has led to this situation.”

He said there is no freedom of press in the country. “Some of the journalist-driven enterprises, which have come up on social media, are pioneering the entire articulation of reality more than the established mainstream media outlets. We have failed as a society by not empowering working journalists.”

Terming the Rajasthan government’s recent Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill as regressive, Tewari said “Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s bill represents core intolerance of the Modi government. It’s not about a particular state government, but there is an intolerant culture in the BJP government.”

First Published: Oct 27, 2017 18:31 IST