Intolerance debate: 'Indian Navy maintains spirit of secularism'
The Indian Navy celebrates 'Navy Day' on December 04.
New Delhi: Amid raging debate on religious intolerance in the country, Navy Chief Admiral RK Dhowan asserted that his force was “totally secular” and every ship of the Indian Navy was a microcosm of India. Underlining that secularism starts from individual and the smallest unit, he said the Navy maintains the spirit of secularism.
At the annual press conference of the Navy Day which is on Friday, Admiral Dhowan was asked if he felt the "growing intolerance and radicalisation" posed national and global threat to security.
The Navy chief, however, said he would like to talk about it in context of the Navy. "I would like to talk about it in the Navy.... The navy is a microcosm of India."
"We have personnel from every state, every religion. Therefore, navy is totally secular in nature and it starts from our individual and smallest unit. That trend and that feeling, and that spirit is maintained in the navy," he said.
He was asked the question in context of former navy chief Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas (retd) writing an open letter to President Pranab Mukherjee condemning the attacks on minorities and Dalits under the rule of the current government.
(With Agency inputs)