Updated December 21st, 2023 at 12:00 IST
Indian society has no discrimination towards any religion: PM Modi to UK Daily
PM Modi was asked about the future of Muslim minority in India, to which he pointed towards the economic success of Parsees in India.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday reiterated that Indian society doesn’t discriminate towards any religion in an interview with a UK Daily.
During the interview when Modi was asked about the future of Muslim minority in India, he pointed towards the economic success of Parsees in India, who he described as a “religious micro-minority residing in India”.
“Despite facing persecution elsewhere in the world, they have found a safe haven in India, living happily and prospering,” PM said while adding, “That shows that the Indian society itself has no feeling of discrimination towards any religious minority.”
While underlining the freedom in the country under his government’s rule the Prime Minister said, “There is a whole ecosystem that is using the freedom available in our country to hurl these allegations at us every day, through editorials, TV channels, social media, videos, tweets, etc,”
He also added that they have the right to do so but others have an equal right to respond with facts.
The prime minister addressed a number of sharp questions in a rare interview and additional written responses, such as those about the status of India's Muslim minority, tensions with the US and Canada over alleged plots for extrajudicial killings, and constitutional amendment. However, he sidestepped criticisms regarding the economic and democratic record of his government.
“Our critics are entitled to their opinions and the freedom to express them. However, there is a fundamental issue with such allegations, which often appear as criticisms,” he said about concerns over the health of Indian democracy. “These claims not only insult the intelligence of the Indian people but also underestimate their deep commitment to values like diversity and democracy,” PM added.
Published December 21st, 2023 at 12:00 IST