Intolerance "a curse we are seeing of late": Ratan Tata

Tata Chairman's words have just revitalised the heated debate about "rising intolerance" in India.

Intolerance "a curse we are seeing of late": Ratan Tata

By revitalising the “Intolerance” debates in the country, Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, Ratan Tata said that intolerance is a curse the country seeing of late. "I think everybody knows where the intolerance is coming from, what it is. Like many thousands, millions of Indians, one wants to see a country without intolerance” Mr Tata said.

He was speaking at the 119th foundation day function of Scindia School in Gwalior where he indirectly referenced to recent events which led to the intolerance debates.

Mr Tata endorsed former Union Minister and Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia who spoke before him. "The Maharaja (Jyotiraditya Scindia) talked about intolerance. It is a curse we are seeing of late” he added.

Mr Scindia speaking before Mr Tata said, "We want you to be winners. We also want you to be thinkers...and the hallmark of a civilised society is debate, discussion and disagreement" as per PTI reports. He criticised the latest events of cow vigilantism and violations of the right to dissent saying "an environment in which each one of us is told what to speak, what to hear, how to dress, what to eat".

Former Union Minister also expressed concern over an “environment of intolerance” prevailing in the country. While hitting out at cow vigilantes over their violence, the Congress leader said a crackdown on dissent was against the progress of the nation.

Murders of scholars such as of MN Kalburgi, Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare and Dadri lynching incident evoked heated debates about rising intolerance and cow vigilantism in the country. Tata Chairman’s words add flares to these debates which made Modi government defenceless.