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'LANGUAGE OF PLURALISM IS THAT OF DIALOGUE AND DEBATE, GIVE AND GET, SPEAKING AND LISTENING': SAYS LOK SABHA SPEAKER

Speaking on the theme 'Promoting cultural pluralism and peace through Inter-faith and inter-ethnic dialogue' during the 137th Assembly of IPU at St. Petersburg, Russian Federation today, Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan said that the language of pluralism is that of dialogue and debate, give and get, speaking and listening. She opined that the diversity  should not be a pretext for conflict, but should be seen as a treasure that enriches us all. She emphasized that mutual tolerance and respect among religions and ethnic groups is absolutely essential for peace, harmony, proper decorum and social order on our earth.
 
Smt. Mahajan lauded the fact that India is perhaps the largest and most plural society in the world and the singular thing about Indian culture is that one can only speak of it in the plural. Referring to the concept of Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam (meaning that the entire world is a family), she informed the delegates that Indian  society is based on spiritualism, humanism and giving less importance to materialistic growth. She added that Indians are socially, politically, culturally, religiously and spiritually democratic as a result of which a number of religions and religious ideas have taken birth and flourished; different languages, musical, dance and art forms have developed in India.
 
Observing that a nation's culture resides in the hearts and the soul of its people, Smt. Mahajan said that people in India celebrate their diversity and plurality which is also the virtue of India’s parliamentary democracy and Indian ethos. She mentioned that the freedom of religion is guaranteed under Indian Constitution. She further emphasized that Parliaments and Parliamentarians have a very responsible role to play in fostering the culture of inter-faith and inter-ethnic dialogue.
 
Smt. Mahajan mentioned  that social harmony, mutual understanding and better coordination between different religions is of utmost importance for the survival of mankind and the promotion of the culture of peace, security and tolerance. In this context, she noted that the Parliament of India has been playing a significant role in providing necessary safeguards and an enabling environment for peaceful co-existence of religions, faiths and diverse groups. She hoped that by sharing of knowledge and best practices, harmonious world could be built.
 
Smt. Sumitra Mahajan is currently leading an Indian Parliamentary Delegation to the 137th Assembly of IPU being held at St. Petersburg, Russian Federation from 14 to 18 October 2017.





 

 

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