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Home Min slams previous regimes over 'wrong interpretation' of secularism

Home Min slams previous regimes over 'wrong interpretation' of secularism

Bengaluru, Jan 18 (UNI) Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday slammed the previous governments for their wrong interpretation of secularism, which prevented them from honouring the best things of the country.

Speaking at an event organised by Vedanta Bharati here, he called Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the 'flag bearer' of the Indian culture and tradition.

'Prime Minister Narendra Modi is touring across the globe, as he carries forward the Indian culture and tradition,' he added.

To buttress his point, the BJP National President said Mr Modi took a holy dip in river Ganga and attended the Ganga Arati in Varanasi, before taking oath as the Prime Minister.

It was for the first time that Mr Modi sent red sander to Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal, to perform special prayers, on behalf of the government of India.

The Union Minister also slammed the previous governments for their wrong interpretation of secularism, preventing them from honouring the best things of the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said the Karnataka government has given it's nod to teach 'Vivekadeepini' slokhas, authored by Adi Shankaracharya, in schools across the state.

At an event called 'Vivekadeepini Mahasamarpane,' organised by Vedanta Bharati, Mr Yediyurappa said, 'It has been noticed that Vivekadeepini, which evolves the mind and illumines a person, has a great effect on students.

Parents and teachers have found a positive change among children, who were inspired by Vivekadeepini.

'Hence, the government has given its nod to allow teaching of Vivekadeepini in the schools of Karnataka,' he added.

According to the organisers of the event, around two lakh children from 50 schools participated in the event, where they were taught to chant Vivekadeepini, comprising verses for the seekers in the spiritual journey.

Mr Yediyurappa reminded the audience that the Indian culture and civilisation is the oldest and the best, which they should feel proud of.

Likening Amit Shah to first Union Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, he said, 'After Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, if we have seen a Union Home Minister, it is Amit Shah, who has successfully resolved many burning issues of the country, within a few months. Shah succeeded in finding a permanent solution to Kashmir issue.'


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