Mumbai: In an interaction with a Media delegation from the Gulf
countries and WANA (West Asia and North Africa) in New Delhi on
Wednesday, Minister of Minority Affairs Salman Khurshid presented various facets of the policies and schemes for
the overall development and welfare of the Minorities that are
part of Government of India’s basic policy ‘mantra’ of inclusive
growth of all sections of society.
Salman Khurshid said that the basic idea of unity and
harmony percolates to all the policies and schemes that are meant
for the development and welfare of Minorities in India.
policies", he said, "Have not only seen the Minorities in good stead
in this country which has the second highest population of Muslims
in the world, but has seen them rise to the highest offices of the
The Media delegation, which consisted of journalists also from
Egypt and Tunisia – the countries that have undergone massive
politico-social changes in recent times – asked questions on a
wide spectrum of issues concerning Minorities and the
inter-relationship between the Majority and the Minority
communities in a secular, democratic India.
They also wanted to
know the complexities in dealing with situations when in such a
pluralistic society there may be a strife between the communities.
Khurshid informed the delegation that though there are
instances when there is a communal clash, but all such instances
are dealt with utmost conviction of national unity and harmony and
the nation as a whole always decries such happenings and stands
He said that India has been lucky to have such
visionary leaders and statesmen as Mahatma Gandhi and Pt. Jawahar
Lal Nehru, who steered this nation on a path of progress that
ensures equality, development and justice to all sections of
society, including the Minorities - to the extent that Indian
Constitution has specific safeguards and Fundamental Rights
granted to the Minorities.
In this context Salman Khurshid
gave details of various schemes and programmes being implemented
by his Ministry of Minority Affairs for the welfare and inclusive
growth of the Minorities.