"We should be proud of Indian democracy that we can register our protest like this as well," she said to media. The PDP leader also said that India is a unique nation with unity in diversity as its core strength and some 'fringe elements, who combine pseudo Hinduism with nationalism', lead to the problem.

Asked about the charge leveled by certain quarters that the return of awards was 'manufactured' and not 'spontaneous', she said, "I don't think so. The award winners are intelligent and can't be swayed by anyone."

This is a message for everyone that intolerance will not yield anything beneficial for the country and that too when "we want to move on a path of progress," she said.

Terming the entire debate on which meat to eat and not to eat as 'sickening', she said, adding, "Here we talk about this even when the prices of dal have gone up".

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