Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.

    SUBMIT

Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence

Disclaimer:

Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
LIVE TV DownloadNews18 App
News18 English
News18 » India
1-min read

Tolerance in DNA of India's Majority Community, Pakistan 'Hell' For Minorities, Naqvi Tells US Delegation

The delegation led by US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel Brownback met Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

PTI

Updated:October 30, 2019, 4:12 PM IST
facebookTwitter Pocket whatsapp
Tolerance in DNA of India's Majority Community, Pakistan 'Hell' For Minorities, Naqvi Tells US Delegation
File photo of Minority Affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. (PTI)

New Delhi: Communal harmony and tolerance is in the DNA of the majority community in India, and the social, religious and constitutional rights of minorities are absolutely safe in the country, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told a visiting US delegation on Wednesday.

The delegation led by US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel Brownback met Naqvi. During the hour-long meeting, the Minority Affairs Minister talked about various programmes being undertaken by the Indian government for socioeconomic and educational empowerment of minorities, sources said.

The delegation lauded programmes of the Modi government for uplift of minorities, they said.

Naqvi, during the meeting, said that communal harmony and tolerance is in the DNA of the majority community in India, according to sources.

Social, religious and constitutional rights of minorities are absolutely safe in India, he was quoted as saying by the sources.

"While India is a heaven for minorities, Pakistan has become a hell for minorities. With different religions, faiths, culture, languages, India is an example of unity in diversity for the entire world," Naqvi said, according to the sources.

He said that no major riot took place after the Modi government came to power at the Centre in 2014.

On reports of violence against minorities, Naqvi said that criminal incidents should not be given communal colour.

Strict action has been taken by the law-enforcement agencies against perpetrators of any criminal incidents, he stressed during the meeting.

During the meeting, Naqvi also talked about the government's various scholarship programmes especially for the educational empowerment of girls, sources said.

Due to the efforts of the Modi government, school dropout rate among minorities has come down to about 35 per cent from above 70 per cent in 2014, Naqvi was quoted as saying.

"We are working to bring it to zero percent," he told the US delegation, according to the sources.

Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.

Read full article
Next Story
Next Story

facebookTwitter Pocket whatsapp

Live TV

Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results