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Unlike PM Modi, Indira Gandhi insisted on 'protecting' refugees: A K Antony

She mustered the courage to wage a war and carved out a new nation for them, Antony said

Indira Gandhi  |  A K Antony  |  Rohingyas

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A K Antony
A K Antony (Photo: Wikipedia)

Senior leader has criticised the for not accommodating and cited the example of former prime minister who "insisted on protecting" from .

The former defence minister yesterday accused the government of pushing out around 40,000 when they were seeking help and care.

"When more than one crore came to India from in the 70s, former prime minister insisted on protecting them by disregarding the mighty seventh fleet of the US," he said.

She mustered the courage to wage a war and carved out a new nation for them, Antony said.

He was speaking at the launch of the Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ), Delhi.

According to him, Indian pluralism and freedom of expression were under attack.

"There is no freedom even for eating the food you like, watching movies or writing books. The ethos that existed for centuries is facing challenges," he said.

India, he added, was losing its culture of debate and discussion.

"In the present situation, nobody can express them without fear. Also, it is not a good sign that the Indian media cannot express its opinion," he added.

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First Published: Thu, November 16 2017. 13:39 IST