Chennai: Religious tolerance, communal harmony and respect for other religions have been the characteristics of every Indian right through the generations, said Governor K Rosaiah.
Speaking at the 'Eid' Banquet hosted by the Prince of Arcot, Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali, at Aamir Mahal here on Saturday, Rosaiah, said, 'Unity in diversity is the hallmark of our nation. India is a land of spirituality and non-violence. It is a birth place to Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. We are a nation with diverse culture, following different faiths from different regions with different mother tongue.'
Praising the contribution of the Nawabs towards every section of the society irrespective of caste, creed or religion, he said, 'The Nawabs made immense contribution to the promotion of education across all religions'.
Speaking at the gathering, Prince of Arcot Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali said actions of a few Muslim extremists shouldn't be used to tarnish the image of entire Muslim population. There are bad people in every religion. Actions of a few people should not be used to generalise about 1.5 billion Muslims, he said.
He also expressed his gratitude to Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa for her kindness in organising Ifatar every year, since many decades now. The Muslim community feel it is an honour by her kind gesture towards the religion of Islam.
Former Governors of West Bengal Gopala Krishna Gandhi and M K Narayanan and State Minister for Labour and Wakf Dr Nilofer Kafeel also spoke on the occasion. Noted industrialist Nalli Kuppusami Chetti, Nadigar Sangam president Nasser and actress Kushbu were among those present on the occasion.