Forced religious conversion cannot be evidence of the expansion of a religion
Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Tuesday that forced religious conversion cannot be a testament to expansion and confidence in a religion in a country where believers and atheists coexist .
Interacting with figures from the Christian community from across the country here, Naqvi said that believers and atheists have the same constitutional and social rights and protection in India.
The Union Minister said that while on the one hand, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis, Jews, Baha’is and believers of almost all other world religions live in India; on the other hand, millions of atheists also exist in the country with equal constitutional and social rights.
Naqvi said that India is the only country in the world where festivals and other joyous occasions of all religions are celebrated together.
âWe must strengthen this shared cultural heritage and this legacy of coexistence. Any attempt to disrupt this fabric of unity and harmony will hurt the soul of India, âNaqvi said.
He said that followers of almost all religions of the world live in India and that the constitutional and social guarantee and security of their religious, social, economic and educational rights is the beauty of our strength of “unity in diversity. “.
Naqvi said it is our collective national responsibility to ensure that India’s culture of tolerance and commitment to coexistence is not weakened under any circumstances.
“Religious sectarianism and intolerance can never harm India because our country is the world’s greatest center of spiritual and religious knowledge, and also the source of inspiration for” Sarva Dharma Sambhav “and” Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam “, did he declare.
Minister of State for Minority Affairs Shri John Barla; the president of the National Commission for Minorities, Sardar Iqbal Singh Lalpura; the secretary of the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Renuka Kumar; Archbishop Anil Joseph; Bishop Subodh C. Mandal and other eminent figures from religious, social, educational, health, arts and culture fields from across the country were present on the occasion.