Prez Obama's secular remark and how major Indian newspapers covered it
Flix Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | January 28, 2015 | 11.10 AM IST On the last day of his three-day visit to India, President Obama on Tuesday warned India of religious intolerance. "Every person has the right to practice his faith without any persecution, fear or discrimination. India will succeed so long it is not splintered on religious lines," Obama told the gathering at Siri Fort in New Delhi. "Your (Constitution) Article 25 says all people are equally entitled to the freedom of conscience and have right to freely profess and practice and propagate religion. In both our countries, in all countries upholding with freedom of religion is the utmost responsibility of the government but also the responsibility of every person," he said."We have to guard against any efforts to divide us on sectarian lines or any other thing," he added. So how did major newspapers in the country cover Obama's parting shot? Almost all papers carried it front page, with Obama's secuar quote getting more importance than any other. The Hindu headlined it, "Uphold religious freedom, Obama urges India," and said "His words, along with a pointed reference to Article 25 of the Indian Constitution which guarantees religious freedom, is seen as a strong statement against fundamentalism and extremism here and in the U.S." The Indian Express had it on the front page and said, "It was a politically sensitive message for India, though there were no major political leaders in the select audience of about 1,500 people." Hindustan Times too had a front page story and said, "The note of caution during his town hall-style address at Siri Fort auditorium came in the backdrop of a spate of hate speeches and religious conversion campaigns or "ghar wapsi" by radical Hindu groups after Prime Minister Narendra Modi swept to power last year." Times of India said Deccan Chronicle Tweet Follow @thenewsminute
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