Christians, Muslims not outsiders, says Justice Sachar

April 11, 2014 by  
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christians & muslimsBihar, April 9, 2014: Muslims and Christians in India are not outsiders but an integral part of the country, said retired Justice Rajinder Sachar responding to criticism against comparative report on the condition of Muslims submitted by a panel headed by him.

“Secularism and socialism are fundamental elements of the preamble of the Constitution, without which no government can run, and those against these fundamentals can be tried for treason,” said the 90-year-old legal luminary.

He was addressing a seminar on ‘Educational, economic and social uplift of Muslim minority in Bihar that Tauheed Educational Trust organized here on Monday.

The former chief justice of Delhi high court said secularism is not against any religion. Secularism means religious equality and that no religion is superior to others, he added.

He also quoted Swami Vivekanand, who had asked Hindus not to treat themselves as superior, and said all religions are one and Vedantism was incomplete without Islam.

“The country can’t progress without equal rights and participation of Muslims and Christians. Discrimination on the basis of majority and minority is sheer foolishness. The governments should examine conflict as a result of discrimination and inequality in society,” he said.

Justice Sachar said his report, which he submitted in 2006, is a comparative study of the condition of Muslims and other religious groups and so far nobody could prove his findings wrong.

He also condemned the attitude to see Muslims with suspicion in the wake of terrorism.

He referred to the December 6, 1992 demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya and said the Lucknow high court had observed that those involved in this act were not suited to run government.

– times of india


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