New Delhi, Nov 25: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Saturday said that he wants a “New India where you don’t get lynched for the food you eat and faith you hold dear and not the one of Prime Minister rendra Modi’s kind of ‘New India’”.
I want New India where you don't get lynched for food you eat: Tharoor
Speaking at the Times Lit Fest here on the issue of ‘New India: Blueprint for progressive Indian’, Tharoor added that ‘New India’ must be fundamentally rooted in the idea of India that our founding fathers believed in. Targeting the Modi government, Tharoor said: “No wonder they are talking of a New India because they made such a mess of the Old India.”
“I want a New India too. It would be a New India where you don’t get lynched for the food you eat, margilised for the faith you hold dear, crimilised for the person you love, and imprisoned for making use of fundamental rights guaranteed by your own Constitution. Instead we must look forward to New India that celebrates and welcomes pluralism,” Tharoor said.
The whole point of Indian pluralism is that you can be a whole lot of things and still one thing, the commolity of major differences. For this ‘New India’ to succeed and thrive it will have to remain committed to Indian pluralism, Tharoor added. The Congress leader attacked the government saying that under the BJP, “dissent is portrayed as seditious, protests as anti-tiol” which shows petty intolerance and their ideology. (IANS)