On Friday, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said that India was the most secular country in the world, yet the Western media downplayed the Indian government on secularism and freedom of speech.
He added that they could not digest the fact that India was growing. Some of them suffer from indigestion.
“There is a tendency in the western media to humiliate the Indian government on issues of secularism and freedom of speech. They cannot digest the fact that India is growing. Some of them are suffering from indigestion … India is the most secular country in the world.” Said while speaking on the occasion.
“There are examples of individuals here and there … but overall, we practice secularism because it is not because of this government or that government in the blood, nerves and veins of Indians … Respecting all religions is our old practice,” he added.
“The effectiveness of democracy in the country is consistent with the constitutional principle of ensuring equal rights and justice for all citizens,” he added.
Mr. Naidu is the Vice Chairman of the Executive Council of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library. He was speaking at the unveiling of the English and Hindi versions of the book “Democracy, Politics and Governance” by Surya Prakash.
Mr Naidu praised him for coming up with effective evidence-based counter-narratives against the backdrop of recent adverse reports on the effectiveness of some Western and American agencies.
Earlier on Friday, on the occasion of Constitution Day, Mr Naidu emphasized that the functioning of democracy in the country was in line with the constitutional principle of ensuring equal rights and justice for all citizens and did not require any legitimacy from any outside body.
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