Hyderabad, Jun 29 : Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said that any discrimination based on religion was a violation of the Constitution.
"We have a robust mechanism for correcting such deviations, if any. Because of the sturdy constitutional provisions and robust institutional mechanisms in the country, religious freedom can never be vitiated", he said.
Delivering the convocation address at Muffakham Jah College of Engineering and Technology (MJCET), here the Vice President "Isolated incidents of unacceptable acts of assaulting citizens of other religions cannot certainly be presented as an evidence of religious freedoms being given a go by.
"Without referring mob lynching incidents, he said "such acts shall be condemned as strongly as possible and the guilty shall be given the maximum punishment under the due process of law in the quickest possible time."
Making a passing reference to accountability of different crimes, he said "new bills are not required but "political will, administrative skill" can help the law "go for the kill of the social evil.”
The motto of ‘Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas Sabka Vishwas’ has its roots in the core principles of Indian civilisation. We believe in an inclusive India wherein every citizen has the same entitlements irrespective of his or her religious leanings.
"There is no justification for any institution or individual to have any doubts about religious freedom in our country. I don’t think we need a certificate from anybody to prove our commitment towards religious freedom,” he said.
He asked the students to "remember that culture is a way of life and religion is a way of worship." He said "India is a country built on the foundations of a civilization that is fundamentally tolerant. In India, religious freedom is a fundamental right guaranteed under Articles 25 to 28 of our Constitution."
He said "India is the most secular country in the world", he fervently emphasized.
"The preamble of our Constitution declares our country as Secular so as to guarantee equality to every citizen without any discrimination based on religion, though our country is predominantly Hindu. This Constitutional prescription is nothing but a natural culmination of the core values of Indian civilization that has evolved over the last 5000 years, Mr Naidu said. (UNI)