He questioned why no awards were returned when a tribal family was burnt alive in Bhandara district a few years ago?
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis
Making his stand on intolerance debate and puraskar wapasi public for the first time, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday hit back at Congress by saying people of the country were always tolerant and even assimilated invaders. He added that the returning of awards stopped after the Bihar election results. He also questioned why no awards were returned when a tribal family was burnt alive in Bhandara district a few years ago? The CM was talking during a discussion in the state assembly on Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and Constitution, held to commemorate the father of Indian Constitution’s 125th birth anniversary. The event witnessed political one-upmanship and trading of allegations. Expressing his displeasure, Fadnavis said the discussion could not attain the height it deserved because his predecessor Prithviraj Chavan used the platform for political purpose.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Citing the example of emergency, Fadnavis said when lakhs of people were put behind the bars, it was courts that provided relief to the Indian democracy. He cited the famous Keshavanand Bharati case and said the allegations that the present central government has changed the Preamble were baseless, since Constitution formed the Parliament, and the Parliament did not have any right to change the very foundation of the Constitution. He said it was strange to see that those who used emergency to silence the Opposition are now citing the misuse of the central bureau of investigation (CBI). A pin-drop silence prevailed during the CM’s 45-minute speech, in which he the underlined importance of Samrasata– the ethos of the Indian society. He said former RSS chief Balasaheb Devras had explained Samrasata during his spring lecture series in Pune, and it meant surrendering one’s identity for the larger national interest. He said there was no need for the Indian society to take any lessons about tolerance, since the real country and its people assimilated even invaders such as Shaks and Hoons. He also pointed out that no one returned any award when a Tribal famil was burnt alive in Bhandara a few years ago, and the award returning spree suddenly stopped after the Bihar election results. Earlier, starting the discussion, former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan criticised the Narendra Modi-led central government and said it was misusing CBI against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. He added that the government has a vindictive approach towards the Congress leaders. Chavan said it was Atal Behari Vajpayee who tried to bring in the word Samrasata in the Constitution. He, however, failed because the word is used by RSS, said Chavan. He questioned as to whether surrender by all leaders for a single leader was the meaning of Samrasata. He cautioned that this kind of unilateralism would usher in an autocratic rule, posing danger to the Constitution, plurality, diversity and rich heritage of the country. Chavan also cited Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s statement, saying howsoever good was the Constitution, it depended upon the quality of people for whom it was made. If people are bad, the Constitution would prove to be futile in ushering in the welfare state, he said. To that Fadnavis replied why were the fundamental issues of poverty and illiteracy not solved when the Constitution was in the hands of good people of Congress for almost six decades?
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