Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that there is no environment of intolerance in the country, reported PTI. He said a few incidents of violence in a large country like India cannot be generalised, and blamed the media, especially news channels, for wrongly portraying stray incidents of intolerance in the country.

"These are bad incidents. These are terrible incidents, but these are extremely rare in a large country. Historically stray incidents have taken place," he said, while speaking to reporters in Washington. He added that there will "always be three or four people who would react aggressively and disproportionately to events".

Jaitley is in the United States to attend the annual Spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. He will interact with the business community in New York over the weekend and will also address a meeting at the United Nations.