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first_imgOn mounting protests in Tamil Nadu over Jallikattu, Raja saidIndia was not one culture, but a composite one and therefore, the ban on the bull taming sport is considered “an assault on Tamil celebrations, tradition and identity”.Pointing to India being a pluralist country, he alleged that ever since the Modi government came to power, this had been under attack and the Union government had failed to respect the composite culture of the country.”The Union government should understand this…the judiciary should should take note of this and see it from a historic perspective,” he said, adding Indian society and democracy is pluralistic and one cannot impose uniformity.On demonetisation, Raja said it had affected the economy, subjecting the common people to hardships and sufferings.Asked about the statement of Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu, accusing the ruling CPI(M) in Kerala of practising murderous policies and warning that they will get it back politically, he said Naidu was a senior minister and should not have used such language on such a sensitive matter.”Violence needs to be condemned”, he said, adding provocative statements should have been avoided.On the BJP leadership in Kerala seeking central intervention to curb violence, he said this was another form of intimidation and were empty threats. PTI UD APR SMJlast_img

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