Sushma Swaraj talks of tolerance amidst 'Hindu Rashtra' calls

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Updated: 22 Dec 2014 05:08 AM
New Delhi: Even as the controversy over religious conversions rages and vitriol from the saffron brigade continues to flow, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj struck a different note, emphasising the need for tolerance.


“The four concepts of democracy, diversity, non-violence and tolerance should become an integral part of our toolbox for solving present-day conflicts. They have the power to dull the sharp edges of ethnic nationalism and religious chauvinism which fuel most of the conflict of the world today,” Swaraj said at the concluding session of the three-day India Ideas Conclave organised by Delhi based think tank India Foundation, the Indian Express reported.


Swaraj spoke about how the Indian culture got enriched with assimilation of various invaders and others in the fabric of society.


“The genius of India lies in its ability to absorb and encompass many cultures with whom it has come in contact. At the same time it has allowed these cultures to flourish as distinct entities based on the principle of unity in diversity… This openness to other cultures, while being firmly rooted to our own, is the only antidote to the doctrine of the clash of civilisations,” she said.


Her comments are in sharp contrast to the statements being made by the Sangh parivar, stressing over the identity of India as a ‘Hindu Rashtra.’


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