Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said there is no threat to secularism in the country. He said this while addressing an awareness programme for Muslims organised by the Gujarat State Waqf Board (GSWB) in Surat on Sunday.
“There is no threat to the secularism in the country and those who exploited secularism for their political gain should understand that majority community in the country is custodian and protector of secularism,” Naqvi said.
GSWB had organised the programme to make Muslims aware about the issues related to the Board and its properties. The meet was attended by Muslim community leaders belonging to both Congress and BJP. It was also attended by A I Saiyed, GSWB chairman and retired IPS officer.
Speaking on the occasion, Naqvi said, “Some of the political leaders in the country say that nowadays secularism is in danger. We want to tell them (that) secularism is in the DNA of the country, it is in the blood of Indian. Nobody can damage or destroy it. The root of secularism is strong and deep in the country. After Independence, during the Partisan, Pakistan said that ‘we want to make Islamic country and India would be a Hindu Country’. The majority community of India had told that India would become (a) secular country where all the people were treated equally.”
“I want to assure (that) nobody can harm secularism (in India). The political parties in India do not rule on the basis of Hindu or Muslim, they rule for development… Somebody is trying to harm it by giving controversial statements, but it is baseless and they will come and go,” Naqvi added.