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How dare you call us intolerant?

November 29, 2015

Everyone around us today are making us believe that we are intolerant while the truth indicates otherwise.  In reality, we are a very tolerant nation.  How else would one be able to explain the fact that we have been tolerating mediocrity in public life for so long?  Haven’t we tolerated corruption and stinking scams the last many decades?  What about our tolerance of the media’s obsession with a celebrity murder or the fact that we have been tolerating being home to 1/3rd the world’s poor?

How can anyone call us intolerant when we tolerate the road rules being broken with impunity or the collapse of our civic agencies?  Aren’t we tolerating our women being disrespected and sometimes publicly disrobed even?  What about the fact that we tolerate the increasing number of rapes in our country?

We not only have been tolerating the increasing banality of public life but also the fact that our Government has been gifting away an average of Rs 400,000 crores each year for the last ten years to India’s rich and the mighty. And people call us intolerant while we have been tolerating the dis-respect that our honorable soldiers have been shown the last many years, all for asking their rightful due.

How can anyone label us intolerant when we have been silently tolerating the budget cuts in the social sector?  Are we not tolerating the fact that millions of our children continue to be mal-nourished and many more millions of our country men are rotting in our jails as under trials?  How dare people call us intolerant when we have tolerated the elite capture of our Nation’s public policies and the increasing number of crony capitalists?  Are we not tolerating the last mile delivery problems of our public services or the fact that our higher education is in a mess or that the youth of today are getting increasingly restless about their future?  Have we not tolerated the growing social and economic inequalities despite being told that the good effects of globalization, privatization and de-regulation will trickle down?

Our tolerance stands vindicated by the fact that we have hardly raised a whisper to the promised black money not being brought back; the fact that even today 65% of Indians in rural areas do not have access to a toilet and nearly 50% of India still struggle to access clean drinking water.  Are we also not tolerating our pseudo-intellectuals and writers returning their awards with a new found sense of intolerance while they hardly noticed how tolerant we have been to all these issues over so many years? How can we be intolerant when we seem to tolerate celebrating the past deeds of an intolerant King while we are continuing to tolerate the fact that we have stopped worrying about the future of India and its countrymen?

I could go on and on for I know that you readers will tolerate me and my writing too…for after all we are a very tolerant nation.  Right now, we will only have to tolerate those who continue to call us ‘intolerant’.

– Balu

Categories: General, Musings
  1. Parthasarathi S
    December 2, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    The word tolerance has lost its sheen in India on account of a few intolerant persons. If, U speak then U R intolerant & if U do not speak then also U R intolerant. These people should explain what is intolerance. Either the tolerance level of these people has gone down or the level of intolerance has gone up. Otherwise how they argue that there is intolerance in this country. The nation is moving ahead in spite of all these things. Is it not a sign of tolerance. Before preaching others let them be tolerant First.

  2. Parthasarathi S
    December 2, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    People who r talking about tolerance should explain what is intolerance. As these people have become more intolerant they r not able to find tolerance of other people r the govt., Why all of a sudden this has cropped up. Our tolerance level is so much that V do not respect our laws, But V tolerate corruption, Rape, jumping Q, dumping garbage wherever V want, not honoring the National Anthem and so on so forth.

  3. Fathima Mary.P
    December 1, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Very good and deep analysis of the tolerance & this article has energy which makes every citizens to think and act . The analysis of the concept of tolerance is a philosophical task, but the description of the role of tolerance in India is a complex analytical-cum-historical task.
    All Indians, irrespective of caste, color, creed, or sex, have equal rights, duties and opportunities both in theory and in fact, though the ideal may not be perfectly realized due to human limitations.

    The Indian way of life does not directly or indirectly adversely affect the self-realization, recognition, and reward of Indians on the basis of their caste, color, creed or sex.
    Tolerance, in the fullest sense, embraces differences in the total spectrum of human life, language, dress, customs, food habits, morality, religion, art, politics and social institutions.

  4. Usha Malkerneker
    November 30, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Question comes to mind is not whether India is a tolerant nation but after reading this article one can not help but wonder why Indian citizens are tolerating such treatment which is detrimental to the wellbeing of the nation. Anger should not be directed towards Amir Khan who seems to have opened the eyes of every “tolerant” Indian by calling them intolerant.

  5. November 30, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Amazing articulation! Makes me wonder if tolerance also has its boundaries and limits so that it doesnt go to an intolerable level in the aspects you have mentioned especially on social inequality, health and quality of life in India

  6. Usha Menon
    November 30, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Very well written Mr. Balu.

  7. Usha
    November 30, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    So. True.
    It’s beautifully put through.

  8. Chandrika Rao
    November 30, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    We have tolearated the mockery of democracy that our “honourable” elected representativies have made over the last 68 years…

  9. Madan shivakumar
    November 30, 2015 at 12:33 am

    Lastly we are tolerant of the fact that people dont even care to define what intolerance means to them! Hope we dont become so intolerantly tolerant that apparently tolerant people take us on an intolerable ride!!

    November 29, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    its really Worth Reading this article, I was just thinking all the intellectual person of my Nation, some of them are so call leader but they are actually not taking care of the basic issues of Nation. Most of them represent their party but not country, “after all we are a very tolerant nation”. ha ha ha I really love this…

  11. Anil Kumar P.V.
    November 29, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Dear Balu sir,

    Well articulated and timed writeup. Guess it is “selective amnesia” driven by self-fulfilling, selfish, opportunist agenda of convenience.

    No system is perfect. It has its quirks and idiosyncrasies, it has its own “Yin/Yang” to balance it as a stable system.

    But to selectively highlight one aspect of it, stretch it beyond limits, looking at it one dimensionally is perhaps not a pragmatic approach.

    Thanks for your timely insights and thoughts. Need more.

    Warm Regards,

    November 29, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Really we are a very tolerant country. To your large list of facts, what can more describe our level of tolerance when 26/11 masterminds still roaming free seven years down the horrible attack and the board for Cricket control in India declaring cricket matches between India and Pakistan on the eve of 26/11 this year. Just for lots of money! All and everything is dirty politics in this country. This whole business of intolerance per se is also politically motivated and the ruling party want to abolish the growing voices by organising an idiotic game just in the name of entertainment. Previously we were ruled by kings and now by the famous PCAs, that is politicians, cricketers and actors. The only difference then we were forced to follow and now we choose to follow like slaves these three group of people. What best can explain our level of tolerance.

  13. November 29, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Absolutely Baluji, very well articulated, hope educated gets some education on tolerance and intolerance from this masterpiece….

  14. shivakumar
    November 29, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Tolerance seems to grow by the day and hour..
    …..we tolerate a convict getting back to power and with a majority.
    ….we tolerate a cabinet which is filled with illiterates…one a health minister and another an education minister.
    …..we tolerate the LOP..talking of blood bath if there was any constitutional amendment..
    …..oh….oh….so tolerant we are!!!!

  15. Jay
    November 29, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Beautifully said! Our tolerance lies exposed in our very acceptance of the elite in focusing on issues that are largely irrelevant but not on the ones that are relevant.

  16. chandra prakash. r
    November 29, 2015 at 10:26 am

    The “Intolerance” brigade is complaining about the suspension of importance and the state patronage they enjoyed before July 2014. They are right only in a narrow sense, that now people are intolerant to their celebrity status,

    The whole intolerance debate is nothing but a blackmailing tactics of the few privileged persons. In reality it is they who are intolerant to the out come of the 2014 national elections.

    Dissent is part of democracy, they could have dissented with what they did not like. Where were they when the previous dispensation was looting the country? Various scams?
    Why this maneuvered drama?

  17. November 29, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Isn’t it a little off topic because when they are commenting on tolerance they are talking about religious tolerance while you have talked about completely different things? In addition, the reaction that we gave to “the” statement by actor was not very tolerant to his freedom of speech? I would like to understand your views on this.

  18. Arun Karpur
    November 29, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Nicely mocked – Tolerance – is a political hot-potato across the world now-a-days. It seems to be selectively applied to masses, who in their impotent circumstances are preached to be more so than ever before. It is sickening to guts to see the political hyperbole and crass discussions in media and all over. Young in India must awake to dispel the myth of prosperity and seize on a better future. Systems inertia must be shaken to make it nimbler each day – protests are the only way and public discourse is the only way for democracy to thrive. Those suppressing are only embedding the jewel of oligarchy on the head of the common man’s God.

  19. November 29, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Yes Sir, our goodness has become a bane, our politicians are taking us for a ride @midnight 11 🙂

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