India Today - - 72 YEARS OF INDEPENDEN­CE -

“I’m more con­cerned about what’s not pa­tri­o­tism than what makes you pa­tri­otic. Re­cent in­ci­dents of hu­mil­i­at­ing Ma­hatma Gandhi and cel­e­brat­ing his killer Nathu­ram Godse prompted me to think about what’s not pa­tri­o­tism. To me, mob lynch­ing or si­lenc­ing the vic­tims of sex­ual vi­o­lence or sup­press­ing voices of dis­sent is un­pa­tri­otic. When we up­hold and val­i­date our great Con­sti­tu­tion in every walk of life, we be­come pa­tri­otic. Let our na­tion re­tain its plu­ral­is­tic essence and each one of us give space to oth­ers to live with their iden­tity, then we be­come truly pa­tri­otic.”

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