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Those involved in lynchings cannot call themselves nationalists, says Venkaiah Naidu

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The vice president also expressed anguish over the politicisation of incidents of lynching, saying such cases should not be linked with political parties.

Venkaiah NaiduNew Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said those involved in incidents of hate and lynching
cannot call themselves nationalists while holding that legislation alone was not enough as a change in
societal behaviour was required to prevent such cases. The vice president also expressed anguish over
the politicisation of incidents of lynching, saying such cases should not be linked with political
parties.“Societal change (is needed). This (lynching) is not because of this party or that party. The
moment you attribute it to these parties, the cause is lost. That is what is happening, let me be very
frank,” he said. Asked about the incidents of hate and lynching, he said it was not a new trend and
there were such instances in the past also.
“It is the societal behaviour that has to change…when you kill the other man, how can you call yourself
nationalist. On the basis of religion, on the basis of caste or on the basis of colour, or on the basis
of gender, you discriminate. Nationalism, Bharat Mata Ki Jai has a wider meaning,” Naidu said. He said
“some of these things” cannot be tackled through legislation alone, and a societal change was needed to
check them.

The government has been under attack from Congress and several other opposition parties for a spate of
lynchings in various parts of the country in the last couple of years. According to Home Ministry data,
around 40 people were lynched in nine states in the past one year. The opposition and various civil
rights groups have also accused the government of not coming down hard on those involved in the
incidents.
On July 17, the Supreme Court said that “horrendous acts of mobocracy” cannot be allowed to overrun the
law of the land and issued a slew of guidelines to deal with mob lynching and cow vigilantism. It also
asked the Centre to consider enacting a new law to sternly deal with such incidents. A panel appointed
by the government to examine ways to contain such incidents is believed to have recommended framing a
new legislation.
“When the 2012 Delhi gangrape issue came, there was a clamour for Nirbhaya act. Nirbhaya act has come,
did they stop. I am not getting into politics, the political parties they have their own way of
highlighting it. I (had) said, what is required is not a mere bill, political will, administrative
skill, and then go for the kill of the social evil. I had said in Parliament,” said Naidu.
Noting that there was also a debate on about nationalism in the country, Naidu said it should also be
properly defined and articulated. “According to me nationalism or ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ means ‘Jai Ho’
to 130 crore people. Any discrimination on the basis of caste, creed, sex, religion or region is
against nationalism,” the vice president said.

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