Sonia Gandhi cautions against forces weakening secular ethos

She expressed hope that Communal Violence Bill would soon be tabled in Parliament, saying it is aimed at protecting social amity and the nation's secular legacy.

New Delhi | Published:January 29, 2014 1:23 pm
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. (File photo: PTI) UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. (File photo: PTI)

Cautioning people against forces weakening the country’s secular ethos, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday said communal harmony should not be disturbed over small, local incidents which should be dealt with sternly without any bias.

She also expressed hope that the Communal Violence Bill would soon be tabled in Parliament, saying it is aimed at protecting social amity and the nation’s secular legacy.

Apparently referring to the Muzaffarnagar riots, the Congress President said police should ensure that communal harmony is not disturbed over small, local incidents and they should be dealt with sternly without any bias.

“It is the government’s responsibility to protect and encourage secular values and ensure that minorities get equal opportunities. It is necessary that minorities feel secure and have trust in law and order mechanism. We should be cautious of powers which weaken India’s secularism,” she said.

She was speaking at the inauguration of National Waqf Development Corporation, which seeks to develop waqf properties for the welfare of Muslims.

The Corporation fulfils yet another promise of the UPA, she noted.

The cabinet, she said, had already given its nod to the Communal Violence Bill. “I am hopeful that it would be tabled in Parliament soon,” Gandhi said.

The UPA government was committed to the development of minorities and the amount of money spent on schemes aimed at
their welfare has risen ten-fold in the last 10 years, she observed.

She, however, cautioned the government that only good schemes are not enough and their effective execution is the
key.

“I want to stress that effective execution of schemes is also very necessary. The ground reality is that sometime the benefits of these projects do not reach the targeted people.

That is why it is necessary to put in a strong mechanism to deal with complaints,” she said.

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    Manish Singh
    Jan 29, 2014 at 11:32 am
    India is world largest secular country so caution must be taken against who disturbs the secularism of India. Sonia rightly pointed this issue.
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      Baljit Sing
      Jan 29, 2014 at 10:53 am
      "Withthe effort of congress, the country's condition has only gone better but on theother hand the country would have been in deep trouble if BJP would have beenin ruling"
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        Aarti Khan
        Jan 29, 2014 at 11:31 am
        India need development with peace and without the secular harmony, its hard to go for the development. So, our congress president pointing issue time and again.
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          eklavya
          Jan 29, 2014 at 11:43 am
          Congress President Sonia hi is right. Communal Harmony should not be disturbed in any case.
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            kisan
            Jan 30, 2014 at 5:48 pm
            "Ithink so There should be only one party and that should be 'Congress' and thereshould be nothing as opposition"
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              kisan
              Jan 30, 2014 at 5:53 pm
              "Sonia ji has made INDIA proud on several occasions through her good work in politics, I dont know why but i really do want to see her as PM"
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                kisan
                Jan 30, 2014 at 5:50 pm
                "congresshas done a remarkable job for the nation in the last so many years and theirwork has only got better and better in the last nine years."
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                  kisan
                  Jan 30, 2014 at 5:50 pm
                  "she has been agreat leader for congress in the past few years. She is very muchfocussed for india's development"
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