Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap said that intolerance has always been a part of India.
"Intolerance has always been there. We don't have freedom of expression. It is something we have to live with, do our own bit. Fight and refuse to participate," said Mr Kashyap.
A debate on intolerance erupted over a number of issues like cancellation of Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali's concert in Mumbai and the protest by FTII students against the appointment of actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan. Several filmmakers also returned their National Awards to protest against the threat to diversity and freedom of speech.(Also Read: Shabana Azmi, Worried About Intolerance, Says 'Dissent Must be Respected')
"When we talk of intolerance, it depends on who is empowered. For example, there may be people who think that they might dislike something but cannot do anything about it. Also, there can be people who feel that they can do something about it when they are empowered. And that is the difference right now. Many elements feel empowered," added Mr Kashyap.