Ask yourself if your path is correct? PM Narendra Modi to protesters
Lucknow : Days after he addressed people of India from Ramlila Maidan to provide clarity of NRC, CAA and other things, Prime Narendra Modi on Wednesday posted a question on people protesting against the laws.
Targeting those who had been largely involved in the violence and spreading fake news, PM Modi said they should "ask themselves if their path was right."
Speaking at a rally in Lucknow after unveiling a bronze statue of Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Lok Bhawan and laying the foundation stone for a medical university named after the former Prime Minister, Modi said while people have the right (adhikar) to education, healthcare and secure environment, they also have duties (kartavya) and responsibilities (dayitva) towards teachers, doctors and the police force.
Till date, 17 people have been killed in violence related incidents in the Uttar Pradesh.
"Uttam shiksha hamara haq hai, lekin shiksha ke sansthano ki suraksha, shikshakon ka samman yeh hamara dayitva bhi hai... Chikitsa suvidha hamara haq hai, lekin doctoron ka sahyog aur samman karna hamara dayitva bhi hai... Surakshit mahaul milna hamara haq hai, lekin suraksha ke liye zimmedar police tantra ke kaam ko samman dena yeh hamara dayitva hai," he said.
("Good education is our right but keeping institutions of education safe and respecting teachers is our responsibility. Healthcare is our right but cooperating with doctors and respecting them is our responsibility. A secure environment is our right but respecting the police force responsible for security is our responsibility.")
He said as the nation moves toward the 75th year of Independence, it is the need of the hour — “samay ki maang... waqt ki maang” — that emphasis be given not just on citizen rights but also duties and responsibilities. “Haq ki ek maryada hai, ek dayera hai, seema hai, lekin dayitva, kartavya ki bhavna bahut vyapak hai (right has sanctity, boundary, limit but responsibility and duty are broad),” he said.
"I am saying this because in Uttar Pradesh the way some people resorted to violence in the name of protests... and damaged government property... they should sit at home and ask themselves if their path was right... Whatever was torched, was it not for their child’s use? How must have the inured common people and policemen felt?".