The govt must make it clear that communally loaded comments will not be tolerated

TNN | Dec 10, 2014, 05.58 AM IST

This episode shows how important signalling or messaging from the political and administrative leadership is. As things stand, the perception on the ground may be that communally loaded comments may create a furore but they are not necessarily a no-no. This encourages all those who share such a communal mindset to freely vent their views and thus heighten tensions. The government must recognize this reality and send out a strong signal to counter this. It must make it clear that such talk will not be tolerated and will be dealt with firmly by the law. In the current dispensation, such a message will be taken seriously only if it comes from the very top — the Prime Minister — and is seen as being serious in its intent and not just a pro forma statement.

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