"Forced Conversion Can't Be Testament Of Trust For Any Religion": Union Minister

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that both the believers and the atheists have equal constitutional and social rights and protection in India

'Forced Conversion Can't Be Testament Of Trust For Any Religion': Union Minister

Religious bigotry and intolerance can never hurt India, Minister Naqvi said. File

New Delhi:

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said here that forced religious conversion cannot be a testament of expansion and trust in a country where both, believers and atheists coexist.

Interacting with prominent people of the Christian community from across the country in New Delhi today, Mr Naqvi said that both the believers and the atheists have equal constitutional and social rights and protection in India.

According to a press statement from the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Mr Naqvi said that while on one hand, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis, Jews, Baha'is, and believers of almost all other religions of the world live in India; on the other hand, crores of atheists also exist in the country with equal constitutional and social rights.

Mr Naqvi said that India is the only country in the world where festivals and other joyous occasions of all the religions are celebrated together. "We need to keep this shared cultural heritage and legacy of co-existence strengthened. Any attempt to disturb this fabric of unity and harmony will hurt the soul of India," he said.

The Union Minister said that followers of almost all the religions of the world live in India and constitutional and social guarantee and safety of their religious, social, economic, educational rights is the beauty of our strength of "Unity in Diversity".

The Ministry of Minority Affairs informed that the leader also said it is our collective national responsibility to ensure that India's culture of tolerance and commitment of co-existence is not allowed to get weakened under any circumstances.

"Religious bigotry and intolerance can never hurt India as our country is the world's largest centre of spiritual-religious knowledge, and also the source of inspiration for 'Sarva Dharma Sambhav' and 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam'."