Those Involved In Lynching Are Not Nationalists, Says Vice President Venkaiah Naidu

| September 9 , 2018 , 17:43 IST

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said that people who are involved in lynching cases and hate crimes cannot call themselves nationalists and the legislation is not alone responsible, a change in societal behaviour was required to prevent such cases.

Speaking to media, Vice President said, "It is the societal behaviour that has to change..when you kill the other man, how can you call yourself nationalist?".

Naidu also said, "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."

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"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 Naidu said.

Earlier, the government panel formed to look into the rampant mob lynchings taking place across the nation which eventually submitted its report to a group of ministers headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The panel, headed by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba cited 'malicious content' on social media and online as the leading cause for lynchings and recommended closer monitoring and increased accountability.

“The panel has taken the view that lynching is basically part of the overall issue of malicious and pornographic content floating in the cyberspace. The content targets vulnerable sections like children, women and minorities," the panel said in its report.