The President of India, Hon. Pranab Mukherjee, while addressing the joint session of Parliament on Monday, recalled the service of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The President has gone on record stating that, the diversity in religions contribute to the strength of the nation, and therefore the government has taken several measures towards an inclusive development of the minority communities.
“Honourable Members, Like the strings of sitar, which produce different notes but come together to create a beautiful melody, people professing different faiths and religions constitute the spirit of India and contribute to the strength of the nation. The courage and sacrifice of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, whose 300martyrdom anniversary we observe this year; and the spirit of selfless service of Mother Teresa, who was cannonised recently, inspire us in equal measure. My government has taken several measures to ensure that the aspirations of people from all communities are fulfilled, and a more focussed approach has been taken towards inclusive development of the notified minority communities, namely Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs, Parsis and Jains” says the President of India.