India does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of religion or sect, and such things will never be allowed in the country, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday. His remarks came in the backdrop of the political row set off by the Archbishop of Delhi’s letter to other parish priests, where he said there is a”turbulent political atmosphere” in the country.
“I have not seen the statement (of the Archbishop) verbatim but all I can say is that India is a country where there is no discrimination against anyone on the basis of caste, sect or religion. Such a thing cannot be allowed,” Singh said on the sidelines of an event of the Border Security Force (BSF) here.
During the event, the home minister said the government will not allow any breach in the unity of the country.
“Sometimes questions are asked to us. We will not compromise on the unity, integrity and sovereignty of this country at any cost and this is our top priority. We are also committed to strengthen the bonds of amity, affinity and harmony in our society,” he said.
The Archbishop of Delhi has stirred the political turmoil with the letter written to all parish priests in the capital earlier this month urging for a prayer campaign to be launched and also appealing to fast on Fridays in run up to the 2019 general elections.
Citing what he termed a “turbulent political atmosphere which poses a threat to the democratic principles enshrined in the Constitution and the secular fabric of our nation”, the letter says, “It is our hallowed practice to pray for our country and its political leaders all the time but all the more so when we approach the general elections.”
“As we look forward towards 2019, when we will have a new government, let us begin a prayer campaign for our country,” states the letter.
In all churches and institutions we pray and fast. We pray for our own renewal & that of country. Keeping in mind all that’s happening in our country we said that we look forward to next election & next govt. Every government should protect people and Constitution, says Anil Couto, Archbishop of Delhi.