Tahlka News bureau
New Delhi: Talking about the on going lynching incident,President Pranab Mukherjee' on Saturday condemning the attacks said "when mob frenzy becomes so high, irrational ans uncomfortable," the people have to be vigilant all the time to save the basic tenets of the country.
His remarks comes two days after a man was allegedly beaten to death and his vehicle set on fire in Jharkhand as he was believed to be carrying beef.
"when mob frenzy becomes so high, irrational and uncontrollable, we have to pause and reflect," the president said after releasing a commemorative issue of National Herald, a newspaper founded by former PM Jahawarlal Nehru in 1938.
"Surely, we shall have to read in the newspaper or see on the television screen that an individual is being lynched because of some alleged violation of law or not," said Mukherjee.
congress president Sonia Gandhi too raised the issue of raising intolerance in the name of cow protection with a hitting speech and launched a veiled attack on the BJP-led government, claiming that the "culture of vigilante violence is being encouraged and actively supported by those who are supposed to enforce the law. Today, the tired and tested idea of India has been thrown fundamentally into question by rising intolerance, by malevolent forces that tell Indians what they cannot eat, who they cannot love, what they cannot say- indeed, what thoughts they cannot eat, who they cannot love, what they cannot say- indeed, what thoughts they cannot hold," she said.
"Such samples assault our consciousness almost daily.. India has reached a crossroads marked by increasing threats of authoritarianism and bigotry. where we choose to stand today is where our country will head tomorrow," Gandhi said.
Congress attacking on the ideology of the BJP said ," we are in a war of ideas. we wage this war to preserve our ideals, which have build India up as a model of democracy, diversity and co-existence. when these ideals are threatened, India is in danger. And if we do not raise our voices, if we do not speak up, our silence will be taken as consent."
Mukherjee urged the intellectual class to raise and be vigilant as it could act as the biggest deterrent to forces of darkness and backwardness. " Are we vigilant enough.. am not talking about vigilantism.. i am talking of we vigilant enough proactively to save the basic tenets of our country? because we cannot afford it, posterity will demand an explaination from us that what have you done? i raise this question within myself," he said.
"In a country of 1.3 billion people, 200 Indian languages and dialects are being used in daily life, all majority seven religions are practiced and all three majority ethnic groups, Dravidians, Caucasians and Mongoloids are living under one construction and one flag in peace and harmony," he said.
Former PM Manmohan Singh, congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were among those present.
The commemorative issue has interviews by the former PM and Rahul Gandhi.
Singh rebutted that the propoganda that nothing much has happened in india in th epast 70 years. " in 1947, more than three quarters of indians lived in poverty. Today, less than a quarter o fthem live in poverty. Nerly half a billion indians have been poverty. Today, there are just 25%. The average imnncome o an indian has increased nearly 500 times sive independence," he said.
For his part, the Congress V-P listed growing unemployment and steady serious of people from rural areas to cities as the biggest challenge faced by India toady.