Venkaiah Naidu Says India Is The Most Tolerant Nation In The World

A day after the outgoing Vice President Hamid Ansari said that an atmosphere of insecurity is prevailing amongst the Muslims in the country; VP-elect Naidu claimed that people try to use minority issues for political purposes and described India as the most tolerant country.

New Delhi: “India is the most tolerant country. Indian ethos is of mutual respect for each other. People try to use minority issues for political purposes,” said M Venkaiah Naidu, the Vice President elect on Thursday.

Naidu’s comments come after the outgoing Vice President Hamid Ansari mentioned about the insecurity prevailing amongst Muslims in an interview given to Rajya Sabha TV.

Naidu said that the agenda of politics should be development and asserted that India is the most tolerant country in the world.

“Unfortunately, some people are trying to blow it out of proportion and trying to defame India, raising it to a national forum,” he added.

Meanwhile, in his last address as the vice president, Ansari said that democracy would turn into tyranny, if opposition groups are not given the right to free criticism, adding that a democracy is distinguished by the protection it gives to the minority.

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“A democracy is distinguished by the protection it gives to the minority. Democracy is likely to degenerate into a tyranny if it does not allow the opposition groups to criticize freely and frankly the policies of the government. But at the same time, the minorities have also their responsibilities,” he said, quoting former President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan during his farewell speech at the Rajya Sabha.

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