Harmony, tolerance, and Sarva Dharma Sambhav are soul of India, and unity in diversity is strength of country: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said that harmony, tolerance, and Sarva Dharma Sambhav are the soul of India, and unity in diversity is the strength of the country. He was addressing an international conference on “Why Dara Shikoh Matters Today: Remembering His Works and Personality” organized by Aligarh Muslim University in New Delhi. He said that prejudiced politics created misconceptions about the legacy of Dara Shikoh. Mr. Naqvi stressed that Dara Shikoh remained the torchbearer of social harmony and religious unity his entire life.
The Minister said that on one hand, believers of almost all religions of the world live in India and on the other hand, a large number of atheists also exist in the country with equal constitutional and social rights. He said this strength of unity in diversity makes India “Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat”.
He said, India is the only country in the world where festivals and other joyous occasions of all the religions are celebrated together. He said there is a need to keep this shared cultural heritage and legacy of co-existence strengthened. He added that any attempt to disturb this fabric of unity and harmony will hurt the soul of India.