In an interview given to Time magazine at his 7 Race Course Road residence in Delhi, he dismissed any threat to the minority community as “imaginary apprehensions”.
“My government will not tolerate or accept any discrimination based on caste, creed, and religion. So, there is no place for imaginary apprehensions with regard to the rights of the minorities in India,” the PM told the magazine.
He also strongly defended his government and action taken by him against the individual leaders and members of his own party BJP for their steeply controversial remarks on the members of Muslims and Christian communities.
“And wherever an individual view might have been expressed with regard to a particular minority religion, we have immediately negated that. So far as the BJP and my government are concerned… there is only one holy book of reference, which is the Constitution of India,” he said.
Fort he fact, the Union BJP-led NDA government has been under rising criticism by the Opposition and in particular by the Congress party over the campaigns like “ghar wapsi”, “love-jihad” and recent vandalisation of churches in Delhi and some other towns. Recently, a report compiled by the US rights body had also raised questions over the NDA government over the issue of attacks on minorities. The report, though, was strongly dismissed by the government and BJP.
Talking about his upcoming China visit, PM Modi emphasised on the emerging economic relations between the two. He said given the current economic situation in the world, the two countries are at a stage where “we cooperate at the international stage but we also compete when it comes to commerce and trade.”
The Prime Minster also treated the China’s bid to increasing its influence on the world stage including in the South Asia terming it a natural tendency for every nation to increase their influence in the international space.
“I think it is a very natural tendency for the nations to increase their influence in the international space, as they pursue their international relations with different countries,” the Prime Minister said.
He also conveyed a special message to Chinese President Xi Jinping in his interview, saying “I firmly believe that the relationship between two countries…should be such that to communicate with each other there should really not be a need for us to go through a third entity. That is the level of relationship that we currently have”.
The Prime Minister leaves for 3-day China visit on the 14th May.