"Misplaced tolerance and misplaced intolerance is dangerous for any society," he said, while noting that the issue was highlighted so much in India that it found its way into the American press.
"Recently the issue of intolerance in India was raised so much that even 'New York Times' and 'Washington Post' wrote about it. I say we need intolerance in India against rising pollution, injustice, adharm (irreligious practices) and ashuchita (impurity)," the 59-year-old spiritual leader said.
He was addressing the inaugural session of a two-day seminar on 'Global Warming and Climate Change: A Way Out' organised in run up to the `Simhastha' (Kumbh) festival to be held in Ujjain in May 2016.
The founder of Art of Living Foundation said right proportion of tolerance and intolerance is missing in the country.
"People throw waste and garbage in the Ganga river and pollute farmland by using chemicals. All this despite the fact that our age-old traditions speak about conservation of earth and its resources," he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan emphasised on conserving nature and avoiding over exploitation of its resources to ensure ecological balance.
He said in May a mega seminar on climate change will be organised and it will be inaugurated by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. The concluding session of the event will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.