There is "much more tolerance in India" going by the election speeches made by candidates contesting for the United States presidential election, said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday. He added that there was “no intolerance on the ground” in India, and that reports of an intolerant atmosphere in the country have not impacted foreign direct investment coming in.

"Irresponsible statements by one or two persons does not vitiate the atmosphere, but becomes news for media," Jaitley told BBC Hindi in an interview. Jaitley had earlier said that a few incidents of violence in India could not be generalised, and that they were “extremely rare in a large country”.

The finance minister also said that commercial ties between India and the US have improved. He added that there should be no discrimination against Indian IT professionals in the US, PTI reported.