Guwahati, Aug 29: All India Congress Committee (Minority Department) observer for Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizoram Rejaul Karim Laskar met the General Secretary of the Council of Baptist Churches in North East India (CBCNEI) Rev. Dr. Solomon Rongpi at the Office of the CBCNEI in Guwahati today.
The meeting was described by Mr. Laskar as a courtesy call.
Laskar and Rev. Dr. Rongpi had a very cordial discussion on important issues. Laskar emphasized that the Constitution of India, in its Preamble, describes India as a Secular Country. Laskar emphasised the need to protect secularism which, he said, means that the Government of India is duty bound under the Constitution to treat every religion equally. Laskar also emphasised that the right to freedom of religion-including the right to “freely profess, practice, and propagate religion”-granted by the Constitution of India must be protected from undue encroachment. Laskar also emphasised that unity in diversity is India’s strength any attempt to impose uniformity will be contrary to India’s pluralist ethos.
Laskar also observed that North East India is a colourful mosaic of different races, cultures and faiths and that this diversity is the beauty of the region. He observed that the cordial relation that exists between different sections of the people of North East India is something to be cherished.