Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said that some people in India are allergic to the word Hindu and although it is not correct, they still have the right to hold such a view.
Naidu’s remarks came when he was speaking at a function in Chennai to mark the centenary of the Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam, Tamil monthly magazine brought out by Sri Ramakrishna Math and also the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
He also said that the Citizenship Amendment Act provides for the Indian citizenship to persecuted minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
“Some that people in India are allergic to the word Hindu, and although this is not correct, they still have the right to hold such a view,” Naidu said.
“Secularism does not mean insulting other religions, while the secular culture is a part of the Indian ethos the country has always provided shelter for persecuted people,” he added.
Praising Swami Vivekananda for his reforms, Vice President said that he was a social reformer and introduced Hinduism to the West.
” Swami Vivekananda is from a nation that gave shelter to refugees and persecuted from different nations,” he said.
Referring to CAA, he said that India is now ready to accept persecuted people, while some elements are creating a controversy around it.
“Today more than ever, there is a need to bring down walls that create differences among people. We follow Sarva Dharma Sama Bhavana — that is in our Indian blood and part of our civilization,” Naidu said.