Modi’s cites Stalin era on Indian freedom

New Delhi, March 3 (IANS) Saying there was freedom to criticize the government in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday pointed out how Stalin could be denounced in then Soviet Union only after his death.

Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Modi narrated how Nikita Khrushchev, who succeeded Stalin, gave a “secret speech” in 1956 denouncing the dictator’s personality cult and purges in his era.

Modi said that when Khrushchev was asked why he didn’t criticize Stalin during his lifetime, he replied it was not possible during those days.

The prime minister then warned Congress against creating personality cults. “You won’t know what will happen.”

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