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‘Indian is seen as a tolerant Indian rather than a violent Indian’

September 5, 2020

Indian Ambassador to The Netherlands Venu Rajamony dwells on Indian-ness at Mysuru Literature Festival 2020

Mysore/Mysuru: India has a potential to grow and conscious efforts to label the country as a Super Power is not proper as India has still a long way to go, said Indian Ambassador to The Netherlands  Venu Rajamony.

He was speaking at a session on ‘Turning Diplomatic Experience into Chronicles,’ as part of Mysuru Literature Festival 2020, hosted by Mysuru Literary Forum and Charitable Trust and Mysuru Book Clubs – 2015, on the seventh day, last evening. 

The session was moderated by Co-Founder and Director of Takshashila Institution Nitin Pai and Mysuru Literary Forum and Charitable Trust Chairperson Shubha Sanjay Urs was present.

“India should be an argumentative nation but not a violent one. To be a Super Power, we need to eliminate poverty and every citizen must have access to good healthcare and education. Our economy must be a true success story. More importantly, we must live in harmony within diversity,” he said.

He was cautious to note that world sees India as an under-performer. “We haven’t performed to the full extent of our abilities and there is much to be done. There are many who come and tell me that India must be a Super Power. I disagree with them and conscious effort to be labelled as Super Power. Our economic story must be a true success story by removing poverty,” he said.

“The prestige and respect of India is steadily rising across the world. Our success as a democracy, on our economy, extraordinary human resources, people who have gone abroad have done exceedingly well. There is also the popularity of Yoga, music, Indian writers, food, soft power is also slowly permeating more areas of the world, have all added to our country’s prestige and respect,” he said.  

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He stressed that we should be an argumentative Indian than a violent one especially in the land of Buddha and Mahatma. An Indian is seen as a tolerant Indian rather than a violent Indian, he added. 

Right to expression

Dwelling on right to expression that has been enshrined in the Indian Constitution, the diplomat said that the right safeguards democracy. “India is a great democracy. We have a free press; everything can be criticised. Our Constitution is one of the best in the world. It offers protection to minorities. People can go to court. No one should dilute or snatch away the right to express or speak his/ her opinion. Opinions and views make a democracy more vibrant. Action must be taken on people who burn books and any attempt to curtail freedom of speech must be opposed,” he opined. 

The diplomat, during the course of the session, recalled his visits to Mysuru and mentioned the beauty of Brindavan Gardens, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple that resembles Sri Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple in his home town of Thiruvananthapuram.

Pandemic and literature

On COVID-19, Rajamony said that he was a victim of the pandemic as two of his books could not be published.

“The pandemic world over has affected the publishing industry as well as writers. It is important to stand up and support both of them and in my view the Mysuru Literature Festival is doing this by organising the festival and lending support. I would urge citizens to support every literature festival and all aspects of the book industry,” he said.

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Revealing how his book ‘What we can learn from Dutch’ which was about water management and to be released in Kerala received a setback as the publishers had faith in the book to do well, he said.

The second book was ‘India and Netherlands,’ which was ready to be translated into Malayalam and had to be put on backburner which was again a personal disappointment for him. “However, more important than this personal disappointment was as livelihoods are at stake we have to stand up and be counted in supporting people in distress,” said Rajamony.

Gift books, not souvenirs

Stressing on the importance of gifting books instead of useless souvenirs, he called upon the people to make gifting books a habit instead of giving flowers and fruits. However, he noted that some people are giving plants, which was much better practice.

Disclosing how difficult it is to become a writer as he himself struggles a lot to write with many corrections and drafts, he said as one of the writers put it, earning a living as a writer is most difficult with the possible exception of wrestling with an alligator.

Session with Amish Tripathi today

Author, columnist and diplomat Amish Tripathi will be on the panel ‘Suheldev – Silent Hero of History’ at 7 pm today. Author and columnist Shobha Narayan will moderate the session. 

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8 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “‘Indian is seen as a tolerant Indian rather than a violent Indian’”

  1. K.Sridhar says:

    For 50,000 years Bharat flourished as the pinnacle of human civilizations
    But Somewhere, Somehow, things changed!
    Moguls became Indians and Indians became Kaafirs!
    Babur became Tolerant and Shivaji became Fascist
    Invaders became Kashmiris and Kashmiris became refugees!
    Europeans became Richer and Indians became beggars
    Stooges became controllers and true Patriots became criminals
    Maoists became intellectuals and real Intellectuals became thugs
    Terrorists became Activists and Soldiers became persecutors
    Forced Conversion became Secular and speaking against it became communal
    Propaganda became the truth and Lies became the History
    Yoga became Science but Yogis became unscientific
    Jai shriram became conservative and Bharath There Tukde Honge became Liberal
    Media became Presstitutes and Honesty became Hate mongering
    Threatening the PM and abusing the CJI because the Freedom of expression, but talking against the Terrorism became hate mongering
    Our Philosophy became Global and our nation became primitive.
    Appeasement became inclusive, But Sub kaa Saath Subka Vikas because fascist
    So, For the sake of Mother land, People need to Act now and learn to be unapologetic

  2. MastMysore says:

    Sridhar , Who killed Gandhi ?

  3. ReaderN says:

    Mr. Sridhar kindly read a little about Indian history on Wikipedia, which is easily accessible before commenting about Indian history and its civilization. Blind belief on Watsapp University is dangerous.

  4. MastMysore says:

    ‘Kumbalkai Kalla andre, Hegalu Mutkond Nodkondranthey’

    I asked him who killed Gandhi !

  5. Sam says:

    @MastMysore..Are you suggesting that Harsha Killed Gandhi? LOL! That idea beats even Rahul’s ! That is a real joke

  6. Howdy Modi! says:

    @Sridhar is a cyber abuser.

  7. Kumar says:

    @K.Sridhar Very good summary of the Reality~ Just seeing the comments, we can see how the absolute truth is allergic!

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