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Calling India the “university of tolerance”, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said religious persecution would never be permitted in the country.
“Tolerance is essential for peaceful existence. People from all religions live peacefully in India and practise their religion without any fear of discrimination. That is why India is a university of tolerance,” Singh said, addressing the National Christian Leaders Conference in Delhi.
Stating that Christianity came to India almost 2,000 years ago and that Kerala is home to St Thomas church, one of the world’s oldest churches, Singh said India cannot forget the contribution of Christians like St Thomas and Mother Teresa who tried to eradicate evils from society.
“There were incidents of attacks on churches in Delhi which came up in the run-up to elections (to the Delhi Assembly). But I would like to say that religious persecution will never be allowed in India, whether it is before or after the election,” the Home Minister said. Singh said the government would keep an eye on miscreants and uphold the rule of law.