Re­li­gious tol­er­ance is in­te­gral part of In­dian cul­ture, says army chief

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - PUNJAB -

LUDHIANA: In­dian Army chief Gen­eral Bipin Rawat said In­dia has a rich cul­tural her­itage and it should be re­tained at every cost.

He said re­li­gious tol­er­ance was an in­te­gral part of the In­dian cul­ture.

The army chief was ad­dress­ing a gather­ing of stu­dents of var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions at a school in Ludhiana on Satur­day.

“We have a great cul­tural her­itage and legacy to be proud of, but west­ern­i­sa­tion is grad­u­ally taking over,” the army chief said.“hu­man­ity, re­li­gious tol­er­ance, com­pas­sion and care for el­ders are part of our rich In­dian cul­ture,” he added.

The army chief said In­dian youth should con­sider join­ing army and help armed forces in pro­tect­ing the coun­try.

He also asked stu­dents to dis­cover their abil­ity and not to be afraid of fail­ure.

The army chief re­cited a poem of his school days to en­cour­age the chil­dren.

In­dian Army and Nehru Sid­hant Ken­dra Trust signed a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MOU) un­der which, at least 100 chil­dren of the de­ceased sol­diers would be given fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance for com­plet­ing their ed­u­ca­tion.


Army chief Gen­eral Bipin Rawat and Nehru Sid­hant Ken­dra pres­i­dent Rakesh Bharti Mit­tal with the win­ners of de­bate com­pe­ti­tion at a school in Ludhiana on Satur­day.

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