India most secular country in the world says VP Naidu

first_imgHyderabad: Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu Saturday said the country does not need any lessons from others, as it is the most secular one in the world even as religious freedom is a fundamental right guaranteed under the Constitution.”Please remember that culture is a way of life and religion is a way of worship. Accordingly, I have the honour of asserting that India is a country built on the foundations of a civilisation that is fundamentally tolerant,” he said. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey ColonyIn India, religious freedom is a fundamental right guaranteed under Articles 25 to 28 of the Constitution, he said. “We do not need any lessons from anybody. Some countries of late have started giving us ‘pravachans’ (sermons), forgetting what is happening back in their own countries. If at all, you have to grade number one, the most secular country in the world, is Indian civilization, India, that is Bharat, our motherland,” he said. Naidu was speaking at the Graduation Day-2019 of Muffakham Jah College of Engineering and Technology here. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Last week, the US state department, in its annual 2018 International Religious Freedom Report, had alleged that “mob attacks by violent extremist Hindu groups against minority communities, particularly Muslims, continued in India in 2018 amid rumours that victims had traded or killed cows for beef”. It evoked a sharp reaction from the ruling BJP, which said it shows a clear bias against the Modi government. Making his point, Naidu quoted the Indian concept of ‘sarva dharma sama bhavana, which means respect for each others religion. The Preamble of the Constitution declares the country as secular so as to guarantee every citizen equality without any discrimination based on religion, though our country is predominantly Hindu, he said. India is the birthplace of four major religions of the world Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism and significant population of three other religions of the world — Islam, Christianity and Zoroastrianism — live in India, he said.last_img read more

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