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Modi Fires Back at Critics Who Say Intolerance Rising in India

  • Chides Congress for presiding over anti-Sikh riots in 1984
  • Rajan spoke on Saturday about the importance of tolerance

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi fired back at critics who say intolerance is rising under his government.

The main opposition Congress party has no right to talk about intolerance because it presided over anti-Sikh riots in 1984 that left about 3,000 people dead, Modi told a campaign rally in Bihar on Monday. Congress leaders were blamed for fomenting the violence days after former leader Indira Gandhi was assassinated by Sikh bodyguards.