Modi Condemns Violence in Haryana, Says Guilty Will Not Be Spared

In his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said everybody will have to bow before the law.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today slammed the mayhem created by followers of self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim, saying violence in the name of faith won’t be tolerated and asserted that the guilty would not be spared.

In his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat, Modi said everybody will have to bow before the law.

He said the constitution provides scope for redressal of all kinds of grievances.

“At a time, when the country is in the mode of celebrating festivals, news of violence from any part is naturally a matter of concern,” the prime minister said, clearly referring to the mayhem created by the followers of Ram Rahim, chief of Dera Sacha Sauda, in Haryana.

“This is a country of Lord Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi. This is a country of Sardar Patel, who devoted his life for the unity,” he said.

He went on to say that non-violence has been the foundation of the country for ages.

“I had said it from the Red Fort (in Independence Day speech) that in the name of faith, violence will not be tolerated. Whether the faith is religious, political or in favour of a individual or a tradition, nobody has the right to take the law into his own hands in the name of faith,” the prime minister declared.

“I want to assure the country that no country, no government can tolerate anybody taking law into their hands, whether it is an individual or a group. Everybody will have to bow before the law. The law will determine accountability and the guilty will be punished,” he asserted.

Followers of Ram Rahim went on the rampage in Panchkula and some other parts of Haryana on last Friday after a CBI court convicted him of rape.

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  • Ashok Akbar Gonsalves

    “….the guilty will be punished”:::: Then walk your big talk and start with your CM, Mr Modi.

    • Anjan Basu

      He is capable of neither. His outsized ‘baat’ long outgrew a puny ‘mann’. And he cannot punish an RSS CM, because the BJP ‘does not believe in the culture of dismissals/ resignations’.

      • Ashok Akbar Gonsalves

        Right you are.
        I never thought Modi was a good speaker anyway. He always talks down at his audience, is arrogant, condescending and contemptuous. And now that we know that even his words are vacuous, his speeches are completely worth missing.
        Indeed – a puny “mann” inside a 56-inch (or is it 57?) chest.

  • Anjan Basu

    We are sick and tired of these cliches about ‘there should be no violence’/ ‘ no govt can tolerate violence’. But, amazingly, the PM never tires of mouthing them.

  • kujur bachchan

    In the meanwhile, gau rakshaks have been busy in UP and West Bengal. See the news “Mob Attacks Villagers, Vandalises Property After Cow Carcass Found in UP Village Pond”. NDTV reports, “2 Beaten To Death In North Bengal On Suspicion Of Being Cow Thieves”.

    • Anjan Basu

      Don’t lose heart. Soon, the PM will ‘speak out’ against violence once again, packing as much drama into his speech as possible. Both he and his listeners will know, though, that such speeches are no more than a necessary ritual of state-craft and that nobody need take them seriously. So life will go on as usual, and another set of hoodlums will enact another lynching escapade somewhere soon.

  • kujur bachchan

    Good question.

  • Ashok Akbar Gonsalves

    The funny (or tragic, depending on how one views it) is that many Indians dig this style. Because it reflects and amplifies the brand new pride that they now feel at being Indian, never mind how hollow and baseless that pride is.