New Delhi: Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi addressed the Minorities Day programme organised by National Commission for Minorities in New Delhi yesterday. Rabindranath Tagore had said India is a ‘sea of humanity’, Naqvi recalled at the event, adding that “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” is the Government’s cultural commitment. India has always provided justice to those facing injustice and oppression, the Minister said.
Naqvi also said that besides the Indian Constitution, secularism and tolerance in the DNA of the majority community in India has ensured the safety, prosperity and dignity of minorities in the country, adding that this is the strength of India’s unity in diversity.
Naqvi said India is heaven for minorities while Pakistan is hell for them, observing that while India chose the path of a secular nation after partition, Pakistan chose that of an Islamic nation.
Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities, Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi, NCM Members, senior officials and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
During the programme, Naqvi also felicitated Irmim Shamim, who has become the first Gujjar woman in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district to qualify for medical studies at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after she cleared the MBBS AIIMS entrance exam this year. Shamim hails from Dhanore village in the Rajouri district of J&K.
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