The inclusive nature of India’s social circle has meant that we have been able to successfully manage many different religions.
Recently, German Chancellor Angela Merkel asked me how we manage so many different religions. She said that there must be a lot of difficulty.
I replied that the Indian social circle includes everyone -- irrespective of their religion, caste, language. We accept everyone as Indian, I emphasised.
The German Chancellor said that they needed to learn this lesson from Indians.Excerpts from the speech delivered by Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India at the the valedictory function of the golden jubilee celebrations of Darul Uloom Sabeelur Rashad, a premier Arabic College in Bangalore.
Indian society was like a vehicle with each wheel representing a community. As long as the four wheels are moving together, we will be successful.
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