Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that Indian democracy was not just a political system “but a celebration of our age old plurality.” He made the statement in the presence of Abdullah II of Jordan who is on three day visit to India.
Addressing a conference on ‘Islamic Heritage: Promoting Understanding & Moderation’ at Vigyan Bhavan, here. The Prime Minister said, “In India, democracy is not only a political system but a fundamental basis for equality, diversity and harmony.
Indian democracy is a celebration of our age old plurality.”The Prime Minister further said that India’s heritage and value, the message of its religion and principles were the strengths on the basis of which we can overcome violence and terrorism.
“Those who attack against humanity probably do not understand that they are ultimately harming the same religion which they claim to stand for. In India, it’s our belief that everyone must progress together,” he added.
“Whether it was Lord Buddha 2,500 years ago or Mahatma Gandhi in the last century. The peace and tranquility is spread all over the world by the charm of India. All world religions prosper in India,” he added.
During the address, the Prime Minister also thanked Jordan’s King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein for accepting his invitation from India. He said, “Your country and our friend Jordan has an unparalleled place in the history of the world and spirituality.” King Abdullah II of Jordan, who is on a three-day visit to India, was also present during address.
Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein has been King of Jordan since the 1999 death of his father, King Hussein. According to Abdullah, he is a 41st-generation direct descendant of Muhammad as he belongs to the Hashemite family who have ruled Jordan since 1921.He was born in Amman as the first child of King Hussein and his second wife, British-born Princess Muna. Shortly after his birth, Abdullah was named the crown prince.
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