Religion personal choice, should remain free from coercion: Rajnath

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said religion is a personal choice and it should always remain free from any coercion or allurement and Prime Minister Narendra Modi led BJP government at the Centre firmly believes in taking every section of society along and build a New India.

Inaugurating a civic reception here accorded to honour Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan on completion of 100 years of age, the Union Home Minister said “our goal is development with unity and the dream of making our nation great again can be realised only when the people of India stand united.”

The Home Minister said India has been united not because one religion or some theological thought held the political power or exercised control over the system.

This great nation is united because it provides space to peaceful coexistence of multiple thoughts and theologies, he said.

The problems faced by this country had always been addressed through a unique interplay of ideas and the biggest living proof of this interplay of ideas is our Constitution, he said.

Mr Singh said the ‘Sarva Dharma Sambhav’ should be maintained in this country and continue cementing the pillars of United India. “Unity is our strength and we all must work to strengthen the bonds of unity, amity and harmony in our society. This should be our resolve today when we are celebrating the birth centenary of Mar Chrysostom,” he said.

The Union Home Minister said the life and work of Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan is an inspiration not only to the people of Kerala or to the Christian community, but to the entire nation. His life is a shining example of how God can be worshipped through selfless service for the society and the humanity, he said.


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