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Pakistan, 'even America' are theocratic states, India is secular: Rajnath

PTI
Published Jan 22, 2020, 12:48 pm IST
Updated Jan 22, 2020, 12:48 pm IST
The defence minister said India never declared its religion to be Hindu, Sikh or Buddhist and people of all religions could live here
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh dabs a religious tikka on the 51st K9 VAJRA-T Gun, flagging it off from the L&T Armoured System Complex in Hazira, Gujarat on Thursday, January 16, 2020 (Photo | PTI)
 Defence Minister Rajnath Singh dabs a religious tikka on the 51st K9 VAJRA-T Gun, flagging it off from the L&T Armoured System Complex in Hazira, Gujarat on Thursday, January 16, 2020 (Photo | PTI)

New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said Indian values consider all religions equal, and that is why the country is secular and never became a theocratic state like Pakistan.

Speaking at the NCC Republic Day Camp in Delhi, Singh said: "We (India) said we would not discriminate among religions. Why did we do that? Our neighbouring country has declared that their state has a religion. They have declared themselves a theocratic state. We didn't declare so."

 

"Even America is a theocratic country. India is not a theocratic country. Why? Because our saints and seers did not just consider the people living within our borders as part of the family, but called everyone living in the world as one family," the minister said.

Singh underlined that India had never declared its religion would be Hindu, Sikh or Buddhist and people of all religions could live here.

"They gave the slogan of 'Vasudev Kutumbakam' -- the whole world is one family. This message has gone to the whole world from here only," he added. 

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Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi




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