Tripura CM Manik Sarkar's I-Day Speech Criticising Cow Politics - BY: Balbir Singh Sooch-Sikh Vichar Manch

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar at the I-Day parade in Agartala. (Source: PTI photo)

An Operative Part from CM Manik Sarkar's I-Day Speech:

1. Here's Tripura CM Manik Sarkar's I-Day Speech Criticising Cow Politics That Doordarshan And AIR Blacked Out: Sarkar refused to "change a single word" of his speech.

This is a paragraph from the speech that is understood to have troubled Delhi.

2. "Unity in diversity is India's traditional heritage. Great values of secularism have helped in keeping Indians together as a nation. Today, the spirit is under attack.

Conspiracies and attempts are underway to create an undesirable complexity and divisions in our society; to invade our national consciousness in the name of religion, caste and community, by inciting passions to convert India into a particular religious country and in the name of protecting the cow."

3. A Tripura government press statement, carried by PTI, alleged that Doordarshan and AIR had recorded Sarkar's speech on August 12, but on 14 August at 7 pm the Chief Minister's office was informed through a letter that his speech would not be broadcast unless he "reshaped it".

4. The CM reportedly stated clearly that he "would not change a single word" and described it as "unprecedented, undemocratic, autocratic and intolerant step."

Posted on Aug 20, 17 | 5:32 am