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Godrej Group Chairman Warns About The Effects Of Hate Crimes And Violence Against Minorities

"It's not all a rosy picture now."

Industrialist Adi Godrej, Chairman of the Godrej Group, on July 13, spoke about rising intolerance and hate crimes in India. While addressing a gathering to celebrate the 150th anniversary of his alma mater St Xavier’s College, Godrej said that economic growth would be impacted if “rising intolerance, social instability, hate-crimes, violence against women, moral policing, caste and religion-based violence and many other sorts of intolerance that are rampant across the country,” were not contained to ensure social harmony.

Godrej’s remark comes in light of several instances of communal violence, including attacks on Muslims where they have been forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram”.

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Godrej, however, congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for presenting a “grand vision” to build a new India and nearly double economy to a $5 trillion giant.

“It’s not all a rosy picture now. One must not lose sight of the massive impoverishness plaguing our nation which can seriously damage the pace of growth going forward and prevent us from realising our potential,” Godrej warned.

He also said that unemployment at 6.1 per cent, a four-decade high, needed to be tackled at the earliest.

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Touching upon the water crisis in the country, the growing use of environment-damaging plastics and crippling medical facilities, he said that such issues needed to be tackled on “a war footing”, adding that should they not be fixed at a “fundamental level”, India would not be able to achieve her true growth potential.

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