Union minister Najma Heptulla on Friday dismissed filmmaker Karan Johar’s claim that there was intolerance in the country, saying freedom of expression exists but cautioned people to be careful that their comments do not hurt anyone. “There is a freedom of speech in our country. It is part of the fundamental rights. As long as my speech doesn’t hurt anybody, it is fine. But when my speech starts hurting someone, then my freedom stops.
“I should speak, but I should not hurt anybody’s sentiments. That one should be careful about,” she said. The Minority Affairs Minister made the suggestion on the sidelines of the two-day New Year get-together she organised for representatives of minority communities at her official residence.