Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday called for a national level debate on the issue of conversion with an open mind by all the sections of the society. Singh was addressing the Festival of Peace programme in New Delhi. He said in countries where majority community rules, the minorities demand implementation of Anti conversion Law whereas in India the demand for such a law comes from the majority community.
Rajnath said that there is no better place in the world to celebrate the Festival of Peace than India. He said the country is the land of peace where all religious communities have been living together in harmony for centuries. He added that India, being the harbinger of peace and tolerance, one can find all the six sects of Christianity, 72 sects of Islam, Parsis and Jews living together peacefully.
On the occasion, the Union Home Minster also gave away the peace awards to the organizations and persons who worked towards it.
Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale also spoke of peace and harmony in the country. He said that it is only through peace that India can become a strong country.