Fighting inequality in the society was another major task underlined by the Prime Minister during his speech on the 70th Independence Day. His remarks came in the wake of recent atrocities on Dalits, who were targeted by the cow vigilante groups. The issue had led to a massive Dalit protest and had even echoed inside the Parliament, strongly condemned by the Opposition parties.
Targeting the inequality and atrocities on the weaker section of society, Prime Minister Modi said that a strong country cannot be build without a strong society which is based on social justice.
“Our social unity is most important; division in the name of caste, creed hurts the country. Need to rise above all these issues,” he said referring to recent attacks on Dalits and even Muslims.
Stressing that social evils will have to be dealt with “sternly” and with “sensitivity”, he said economic progress is no guarantee to a strong society whose foundation is social justice.
“What lord Buddha, Mahatma Gandhi, saint Ramanajucharya, BR Ambedkar, all our holy scriptures saints and teachers have stressed is social unity. When society breaks, the empire disintegrates. When a society is divided into touchable and untouchables; upper and lower (castes), then such a society cannot last,” PM Modi said.
Underlining the need for treating everybody equally, he added “hota hai, chalta hai (it happens, it is ok) attitude won’t help in dealing with social problems… These evils are centuries-old and will have to be tackled more sternly and sensitively”.
The issue have steered a lot of attention off-late, especially the incident at Una in Gujarat where four Dalit youth were publically flogged by a cow vigilante groups. The horrific incident had even caused concerns within the ruling BJP both at Ahmedabad and New Delhi.
“The governments and the society will have to work together to pull the society out of this conflict. We together will have to fight these social ills,” he said.
Earlier last week, breaking his silence on the issue, Prime Minister Modi had slammed the cow vigilante groups who have been behind attacking Dalits and other communities in the name of cow protection.
In his stern remarks against the incidents, the Prime Minister had urged state governments to take strict action against those groups violating law and order.
(With inputs from the Agencies)