Reacting to the accusations thrown at his party that they don't take strict action against those who lynch in the name of cows, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday stated that such incidents are commendable, and it is the responsibility of the society to make sure these things don't happen again.
Speaking to ANI's editor Smita Prakash, the Prime Minister said that no politics should be played on the matter of lynching, and no individual should ever support those who involve themselves in these heinous acts.
"No such incident reflects well on a civilised society. No one should ever speak in support of such incidents. This is totally wrong and totally condemnable. Did it start after 2014? This is a result of ills within the society. For improving this situation, we should all work collectively. I am not in favor of pursuing a debate that this happened in this government and that happened in that government. Even one incident is condemnable. What Mahatma Gandhi, Vinobha Bhave used to say, the sentiments reflected in the Constitution, it is the responsibility of every citizen to respect those sentiments. If you honour those sentiments, our sentiments are also respected. To create this environment, everybody should contribute," PM said.
The Prime Minister was then quipped about criticism thrown at him and his party about the way minorities are being treated in the country. The matter has been blown wide open in recent weeks following the comments by Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah, following which, Pakistan PM Imran Khan took the opportunity to question India.
But PM Modi feels that the government doesn't differentiate on the basis of religion, and that all the murmurs about divide on the basis of religion in India is false.
"A Muslim scholar based in the Gulf, wrote about India’s harmony in diversity whereas in their region people of the same faith attacked each other. India should take pride in this compliment. India should take pride that we have been living in harmony for ages. There should be no such incident in the society. But we should understand what the main fabric of the society is. And before elections, there are murmurs that India is unsafe. Some say it because they have an agenda, others say from their own point of view. Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas, 18,000 villages didn't have electricity. We got electricity there, but did not consider which religion they belonged to," he added.