- No religious celebrations at Rashtrapati Bhavan, President had decided
- This is in keeping with principles of a secular state, his office said
- Applies to all religious occasions, irrespective of religion, it added
"After the President took over office, he decided there would be no religious celebrations or observances in a public building such as Rashtrapati Bhavan on taxpayer expense. This is in keeping with the principles of a secular state and applies to all religious occasions, irrespective of religion," said Ashok Malik, Press Secretary to the president.
He said the president of course wishes all fellow citizens on every major religious festivals.
Iftar is the breaking of the 'roza' (fast) that is observed by the Muslims during the month of Ramzan.