The Home Minister, Shri P. Chidambaram
administered the National Integration Pledge to the officers and
staff of the Ministry of Home Affairs in connection with the Quami
Ekta Week today.
The Week is observed every years from
the 19th to 25th November to foster the spirit of patriotism,
communal harmony and national integration.
The week will see several programmes,
with a specific theme on each of the seven days.
According to the government sources,
meetings, symposia, seminars, special literary functions, cultural
functions and programmes to highlight themes under focus would mark
the observance of Quami Ekta Week.
Quami Ekta Week is observed from
November 19-25 every year with a view to fostering and re-inforcing
the spirit of communal harmony, national integration and pride in
our vibrant composite culture and nationhood. As usual, the week
began with National Integration Pledge, said the sources.
National Integration, Welfare of
Minorities, Linguistic Harmony, Weaker Sections, Cultural Unity,
women’s issues and Conservation are the themes for the Week.
Activities related to a specific theme would be under focus on each
In view of recent developments in
various parts of the country, there is a need to take all possible
measures for dissemination and reaffirmation of these values among
all sections of our people.
The Minister of Home Affairs P.
Chidambaram has written to different Ministries under Government of
India for organising programmes, events befitting the occasion.
The National Foundation for Communal
Harmony (HFCH), an autonomous organisation with Ministry of Home
Affairs also organises Communal Harmony Campaign during the week.
This occasion provides us an opportunity to reaffirm our age old
traditions and faith in the values of tolerance, co-existence and
brotherhood in a multi-cultural and multi-religious society.
The observation of the “Quami Ekta
Week” will also help to highlight the inherent strength and
resilience of our nation to withstand actual, and potential threats
to the eclectic and secular fabric of our country, and nurture a
spirit of communal harmony in its widest sense.