Manufactured Rebellion Growing, Says Arun Jaitley on AwardWapsi Against ‘Intolerance’

PATNA:  As eminent scientist PM Bhargava announced that he would return his Padma Bhushan award, making common cause with dozens of writers, artists and filmmakers returning their awards in protest against “rising intolerance”, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that “manufactured rebellion” is growing.

“First writers, then filmmakers, now biologist…do you see this as a chain reaction. I had already called it manufactured rebellion…I stand by my phrase and I think the events as they are unfolding only indicate that that kind of manufacturing is growing at a faster speed,” Mr Jaitley said.

Manufactured Rebellion Growing, Says Arun Jaitley on #AwardWapsi Against 'Intolerance'

The senior minister’s comments come at a time filmmakers have also joined the protest that has become popular on social media as #AwardWapsi.

Mr Jaitley said those returning their awards were “rabid anti-BJP elements,” some of whom had gone to Varanasi – Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency – to campaign.

“The fact that (the protest) has been stepped up in the middle of the Bihar election I’m now constrained to say that this is electioneering by other means,” he said.

Over 40 writers have returned their Sahitya Akademi awards or quit their posts expressing anger at attacks on rationalists and recent mob killings over beef or cow slaughter.

Yesterday, 10 filmmakers including Anand Patwardhan and Dibakar Banerjee said they would return their national awards as diversity and freedom of speech are “under threat”.

Scientist PM Bhargava, who was the founder-director of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, said: “The fear as we see in democracy today… the spread of Hindutva… I believe that (religion) really is a personal matter. It should not make incursions into politics as it is doing now.”

The 87-year-old has said he will meet the home secretary and return the Padma Bhushan, which is one of India’s top civilian awards. He is one of the scientists who started an online petition on Tuesday signed by at least 100 senior scientists, urging President Pranab Mukherjee to step in against growing intolerance.


  1. “Manufactured rebellion” Mr. Jaitley is not only a great Modiji comrade, but a great Finance Minister making GDP projections of India in his whim and fancy overtaking the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

    Where and why this “manufactured rebellion” was started? The BJP was hiding their hidden theocratic agenda to transform India from her democratic and secular foundation to an Hindu Theocracy. The BJP led by the be all and end all Prime Minister Mr. Modi was pulling the thread from behind; and his loyal comrades began to act like the official spokespersons. But, now the Tiger is out of the cage, and the “manufactured rebellion” bullets will hit on the Tiger one after another.

    The first President of the U.S., George Washington said ” honesty is the best policy”. For the BJP, they were totally lacking in the manufacturing of “honesty”, thus will be reaping the consequences one after another.

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