My government has only one religion, India first: Modi

Published: February 27, 2015
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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  PHOTO: REUTERS

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PHOTO: REUTERS

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said his government has only one religion – India first, NDTV reported.

He make the remark in the Indian parliament as a means of assurance to his government’s commitment to tolerance and religious equality, following attacks on churches and Christian institutions in Delhi.

Read: Modi vows to protect all religious minorities

“Nobody has the right to discriminate on the basis of religion,” the Indian premier said, adding that his government has only one ideology: “India and the constitution above all else.”

Interestingly, a week ago, at an event in Delhi, which was organised by Christian leaders, Modi had said his government would ensure complete freedom of faith.

Read: India’s Modi meets incoming Kashmir leader after deal

On the other hand, US President Barack Obama, during his visit to India about a month ago, said Mahatma Gandhi would have been shocked to witness the religious intolerance in India recently.

To this, Arun Jaitley, a senior minister, was quick to respond, saying that India has a vast cultural history of tolerance.

Obama had appreciated Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s condemnation of religious-based acts of violence, and welcomed the Indian premier’s assurance that his government will give equal respect to all religions.

Read: Obama welcomes Modi’s assurance of equal respect for all religions

The US president discussed the importance of religious freedom and tolerance in India on January 27 during his speech at Siri Fort in New Delhi, according to a statement issued by the White House.

“President Obama underscored that India’s success depended on the nation not being ‘splintered along the lines of religious faith’,” it said.

 

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  • Priyanka
    Feb 27, 2015 - 8:07PM

    What about PM of Pakistan ? Will he vow to secure rights of minorities in Pakistan ? Will forced conversion of Hindus to Islam ever stop? Are Hindus christians sikhs safe in Pakistan ?Recommend

  • LS
    Feb 27, 2015 - 8:59PM

    @Priyanka:
    Well, their suggestions are only for others to follow.Recommend

  • Neo
    Feb 27, 2015 - 9:16PM

    What about humans living in other countries…its a common humanity. What do you mean by India first…many a times patriotism makes you blind about the sufferings of other human beings in other countries.
    This is why Samuel Johnson has said ‘Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel’.
    BTW he was an English writer and the quote here is not directed at Modi. Recommend

  • Timorlane
    Feb 27, 2015 - 9:49PM

    @Priyanka: In Pakistan never a chief minister organized and led massacre of thousands of minority men, women and children.

    In Pakistan no ruling political party like that of BJP lead and run force conversion campaignsRecommend

  • India first
    Feb 27, 2015 - 10:40PM

    @Neo… You want to know what it means by India first? Its the same as Muslims saying muslims first and everything else second. As for human beings in other countries..do these countries have governments? Recommend

  • Maxx.
    Feb 27, 2015 - 11:08PM

    How ironic…today is the 13th anniversary of Gujarat massacre and the perpetrator, silent spectator, in connivance with he mob is talking about religion.
    More than two thousand innocent people were killed, non stop for three days, one hundred thousand made homeless, thousands maimed for life. Can’t get any horrendous than that. Recommend

  • Raisani
    Feb 27, 2015 - 11:55PM

    Shri Modi jiPleasr that was slogan of our former president Musharraf “Pakistan first” Please stop copying us everywhere.Recommend

  • Not an Indian
    Feb 28, 2015 - 2:54AM

    I wish Jinnah had said the same about Pakistan, then we would not be in this mess.Recommend

  • someone
    Feb 28, 2015 - 2:58AM

    @Raisani:
    Don’t worry, Modi is a smart man. He won’t copy someone who has been a total failure.Recommend

  • zara haq
    Feb 28, 2015 - 4:59AM

    @Priyanka:
    Is that any of your business?
    Making a statement india first, with a magic swipe brings change? Recommend

  • Agent
    Feb 28, 2015 - 8:17AM

    @ Maxx..lets say Modi is behind the massacre, but it happened once and you should remember who started this by burning a train..but these massacres happens everyday in your holy land and one day people might go to zoo to watch monitories in your country and they are in a brink of extinction. Recommend

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