How many years to fix...

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - METRO -

“We need to cre­ate a tol­er­ant ethos in this coun­try,” Te­wari added. On Satur­day, Chi­dambaram, who was the min­is­ter of state for home in the Ra­jiv Gandhi govern­ment when the ban was slapped in 1988, had said “I have no hes­i­ta­tion in say­ing that the ban on Sal­man Rushdie’s book was wrong.”

An­other Con­gress leader San­deep Dik­shit, how­ever, took a con­trary stand, say­ing Chi­dambaram could have made amends. “If Chi­dambaram ji had thought ban­ning these books was not cor­rect, he could have cor­rected it at that time,” said Dik­shit.

The Modi govern­ment has come un­der fire from the Op­po­si­tion, with the Con­gress lead­ing the charge, and a sec­tion of in­tel­li­gentsia over “grow­ing in­tol­er­ance” in the coun­try and sti­fling of dissent.

The Lok Sabha is to de­bate the is­sue on Mon­day. And some fire­works can be ex­pected.

“The ques­tion arises that af­ter close to nearly three decades why was there a need to do so (call the ban wrong). If it is re­flec­tive of Con­gress’ thinking, then one needs to see it in a larger per­spec­tive and ev­ery­one, which in­cludes Con­gress par­tic­u­larly, needs to be a lit­tle tol­er­ant,” BJP spokesper­son Nalin Kohli said.

He, how­ever, also called for a cau­tious ap­proach as the Con­sti­tu­tion im­posed “rea­son­able re­stric­tions” on the free­dom of ex­pres­sion.

Bangladeshi au­thor Taslima Nas­reen joined the de­bate, ad­vis­ing West Ben­gal

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