Women assn urges PM to be secular

New Delhi Aug 5:

The National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW) said that it was “disappointed” at the participation of the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in laying the foundation of the temple.

The matter of faith and freedom of religion is a personal choice and a fundamental freedom of every citizen. This principle enshrined in the fundamental rights of the Constitution applies to Narendra Modi as well, they said.

Issuing a statement, NFIW and other activists said the Constitution of India makes it clear that the government and Prime Minister should remain neutral to and above all religions, thus upholding the values of secular India.

As the Prime Minister and head of the government today, he should take special care to make sure that he is not seen as partisan towards with one faith or religion, it said.

The group also said the official Unlock 3.0 guidelines state that Social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other large congregations will not be permitted and the PM’s participation in a ceremony of this kind is bound to send a message of double standards practiced by the highest public functionaries of India.

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