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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday dipped into history to refute the Bharatiya Janata Party’s charge of “appeasement” and asserted “a commitment to equity is not appeasement. It is a mark of one’s commitment to humanism.” Dr. Singh was speaking at a function to mark the birth anniversary celebrations of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

today to take our country forward. To help us pursue a more inclusive and equitable path to social, economic progress. The national movement forged the unity of our diverse land. It brought people of diverse faiths, diverse creeds, diverse languages together. Both Mahatma Gandhi and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose remained deeply committed to Hindu- Muslim unity and amity. They were both deeply spiritual men, but equally secular. They understood that India’s great contribution to humankind is the idea of “Sarva Dharma Sambhava”.

The Prime Minister’s comments come at a time when BJP-led opposition has been severely criticizing the UPA government for its plans aimed at the uplift of minorities, especially Muslims in the light of the Sachar Committee report on the economic and social condition of the community.

Singh pointed out how Bose too believed that all minority communities should be allowed their due space in governmental affairs. “As the President of the Indian National Congress (INC) in 1938 he articulated a vision that is of abiding relevance. Netaji’s view that all minorities communities be allowed their due space in cultural and as well as governmental affairs testified to his humanism and commitment to egalitarian values,” Dr Singh said.

“That vision of Netaji has immense relevance for the 21st century and for our fight against the forces of communalism, terrorism and extremism,” the PM said.

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