Indians have the liberty to observe their religion and there’s no rising intolerance between non secular communities, the nation’s minority affairs minister stated in an interview revealed on Sunday amid spurts of non secular riots in numerous elements of the nation.
Religious clashes broke out during a Hindu religious procession in New Delhi on Saturday for Hanuman Jayanti, injuring a number of individuals, together with six policemen, police officers stated, days after related violence in three different Indian states.
Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who’s a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s right-leaning authorities, informed The Financial Instances newspaper that “fringe components, who’re unable to digest the peace and prosperity within the nation, attempt to defame India’s inclusive tradition and dedication.”
In current weeks, small-scale non secular riots have damaged out between the bulk Hindu and the minority Muslim neighborhood throughout non secular processions in some elements of the nation. Some college college students in New Delhi fought on JNU’s campus over non-vegetarian food being served within the hostel throughout Ram Navami, every week that Hindus think about auspicious.
“It isn’t the job of the federal government to inform the individuals what to eat or not. Each citizen has freedom within the nation to eat meals of their selection,” Mr Naqvi stated.
Lately, the rule of PM Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Get together has emboldened hardline non secular teams to take up causes that they are saying defend Hindu religion. Earlier this month, an issue erupted over Muslim college students sporting the hijab headscarves to high school in Karnataka.
India’s opposition events publicly voiced concern on Saturday that multi-faith India, dominated by Hindus however with sizeable minorities together with over 200 million Muslims, is changing into much less tolerant beneath PM Modi’s regime.
“There isn’t any ban on hijab in India. One can put on hijab in markets and different locations. However each faculty or establishment has a gown code, self-discipline and decorum. We should settle for this. If you don’t prefer it, you may select a distinct establishment,” stated Mr Naqvi.
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