Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration presented to Dr J S Bandukwalla and Ram Puniyani

November 14th, 2007 - 8:11 am ICT by admin  
Presenting the awards, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi cautioned the dangers posed by ‘anti-social forces’ failing which could lead to dangerous consequences” for secular and democratic India.

Speaking at the same occasion, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said both the awardees have dedicated their lives to promote solidarity and understanding among different faiths.

“They have done so by fighting communalism and communal forces. They have taken steps to improve the social and economic conditions of minorities. What they have done reflect the values and vision of Indira Gandhi,” Dr. Singh added.

Praising the contribution of Dr Bandukwalla for striving hard to create opportunities for Muslims by providing them with quality education, Dr. Singh said, “By addressing this mighty problem Dr. Bandukwalla has emerged as a champion of national integration. His practical steps to educate Muslims will ameliorate their conditions and make them active participants in processes of nation building.”

Speaking about Professor Ram Puniyani. Singh said, “Puniyani is a rare teacher whose teaching was never confined to the classroom. Society has been his classroom. He has taught us all to respect the human rights of all people. His contribution to communal harmony, through the work of Ekta and the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism has greatly contributed to peace in our times.” (ANI)

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