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In a first since the opening of the new Parliament building, a multi-faith delegation comprising of 23 religious leaders representing various minority communities of the country met the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Parliament House in New Delhi on Monday (5 February) under the banner of Indian Minority Foundation (IMF) and wished for his return as PM after the 2024 polls for prosperity of the country.

During the courtesy visit, the religious leaders said they have come with the message of peace and communal harmony as PM Modi has truly followed the spirit of the Indian constitution through the mantra of 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas Sabka Vishwas' in the past 10 years of his regime. They said all communities stand united under PM Modi’s leadership for the nation's prosperity as the country is developing fast and the new India is on course to become a Vishwa Guru soon.

The religious leaders said India needs prolonged leadership of PM Modi for becoming a developed nation as he understands everyone’s pain and provides solutions to them.They lauded the decisive, all-inclusive, and visionary leadership of PM Modi that has empowered every community in the nation without any bias.

The delegation, which included leaders belonging to minority communities including Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Jain, Buddhist and Parsi, earlier met the Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman, Jagdeep Dhankar. 

They later also witnessed the proceedings of the on-going Budget Session in the Rajya Sabha and visited the Constitutional Hall of new Parliament. the IMF founder Prof Himani Sood accompanied the delegation during the visit.  

Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and IMF Convenor, Satnam Singh Sandhu, who was attending the budget session, also accompanied the delegation to meeting with the PM.

The religious leaders from the Muslim community in the delegation included Chief Imam All India Imam Organization, Dr Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, Chairman-Chishty Foundation, Haji Syed Salman Chishty, Secretary General, Naib Sajjadanashin Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia, Syed Farid Ahmed Nizami, Chairman – Hazret Baba Tajudeen Awliya Dargah-Nagpur-Maharashtra, Janab Pyare Khan, President, Tanzeemul Madaris Ahlisunat Sufi J&K UT government, Mohd Ashraf Thukroo Tanzeel, Sajjada (Gaddi) Nasheen Silsila e Khushhaliya, Hazrat Sufi Jawwad Ahmed Khushhali, Ehram Posh Faqir - Dewa Sharif Dargah - Lucknow - Uttar Pradesh, Sufi Sakhawat Ali Shah Warsi.


 Religious leaders from Sikh community included Patron, Radha Soami Satsang Beas, Baba Gurinder Singh Dhillon, Representative, Nanaksar Kaleran, Sant Baba Lakha Singh, Chief Tarna Dal (Nihang Singh), Jathedar Baba Gurdev Singh, Nirmale Sant, Baba Prem Singh Kar Sewa (Bhuriwale) and Radha Soami Satsang Beas, Bhati Centre, New Delhi, Gurminder Singh Badaisha. Jain community was represented by founder Chairman of Acharya Sushil Muni Mission, Vivek Muni Ji Maharaj, founder of Acharya Sushil Muni Mission, Goswami Sushil Maharaj.

The leaders from Buddhist community included Founder, President and Spritual Director, Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre (MIMC), Leh, Ladakh, Bhikkhu Sanghasena, former Deputy Speaker Tibetan Parliament and Senior Advisor Bharat Tibet Sayog Manch, Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok and Chairman Buddhist Cultural Foundation, India, Bhante Dipankara Sumedho.

Leaders from Christian community leaders included Deputy Moderator Good Shephard Church of India, Bishop Rt. Rev. Paothang Haokip, Bishop CNI, Amritsar, Bishop Pardeep Kumar Samantaroy, Vicar General at the Archdiocese of Delhi, Vincent D'Souza, Director of Ecumenical and Inter-Faith Relations of the Archdiocese of Delhi, Fr. Norbert Herman and Bishop of Delhi Episcopal Area Delhi and Agra, Bishop Subodh C Mondal. High Priest of Navsari Atash Behram, India, Dasturji Keki Ravji represented the Parsi community.


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Chief Imam All India Imam Organization, Dr Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi said, “We have come to the Parliament with Paigaam-e-mohabbat. We all religious leaders have gathered here at the Parliament to send across the message of peaceful co-existence and communal harmony. Our religions could be different, castes could be different and way of worship could be different but we all are binded together by the religion of humanity.”
“Bharat is growing exponentially today and under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendar Modi, is on course to become Vishwa Guru. This is the changing India, New India. PM Modi’s slogan of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Prayas is symbolic of national unity and integration; we all need to imbibe its true essence, come together to strengthen and contribute to the growth of the nation as we embark on the journey to become Vishwa Guru. Today, we all religious leaders sent out a message that we all stand united and work for the nation's unity and prosperity,” he added.

Sajjadanashin Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia, Syed Farid Ahmed Nizami said, “Our prayers are with Modi ji for unifying all communities. People irrespective of their religions come to dargahs and offer prayers. Even French President, Emmanuel Macron on January 26, Friday visited the Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah in Delhi recently. PM Modi works with the spirit of Ek Bharat Shresth Bharat and we should all make our contribution for the nation growth.”

 He said the multi-faith delegation visit to the parliament is a historic and unprecedented initiative taken by the IMF, it would go on send the message of national integration and communal harmony throughout the entire nation.

Ehram Posh Faqir, Dewa Sharif Dargah, Lucknow, Sufi Sakhawat Ali Shah Warsi said India is land and culture of holy rivers Ganga and Jamuna where people from all religions live together in harmony.

“Every Hindu and Muslim of Indian is with Modi ji in his journey to transform India into Viksit Bharat (developed nation) and national integration. PM Modi government in its 10 years’ rule has not worked for any single community but have taken all communities together by ensuring inclusive development while putting the country on global map today. Modi ji not only working for the growth of our country alone but taking drastic measures to bring peace and development in the world order today,” he added.

Sajjada (Gaddi) Nasheen Silsila e Khushhaliya, Hazrat Sufi Jawwad Ahmed Khushhali said this multi-faith visit to the Parliament and meeting with PM Modi is a testament to the fact that he wants to take people from all communities along.  “If we would move together then only we can grow together and take the nation forward,” he added.

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Bishop Rt. Rev. Paothang Haokip of Good Shepherd Church of India said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is with the Christians in India, reciprocally, the entire Christian Community stands in solidarity with the Prime Minister.

“Over the years, PM Modi has made numerous efforts to reach out to the Christian community in the country and actively involved them in various events. The Prime Minister invited many Christian leaders for Christmas celebrations at his residence, which is a warm gesture by him. The Christian Community extends its unwavering support to the Prime Minister, and we are committed to ensuring his successful return to the premiership in 2024,” he said extending his best wishes to Prime Minister Modi and expressed hope for his successful life.


Father Vincent D'Souza, Vicar General at the Archdiocese of Delhi, said, “The entire Christian Community deeply appreciates the affection and respect Prime Minister Narendra Modi beholds for us, which he has shown through his actions over the years such as participating in Easter celebrations at the Sacred Heart Church in Delhi and recently, inviting Christian leaders to his residence for Christmas celebrations. When he appreciated the contribution of the Christian Community in the education sector, the entire community felt his love for us. Moreover, he has invited Pope Francis to India, which a matter of joy for the entire Christian Community,”.

Father Norbert Herman, Director of Ecumenical and Inter-Faith Relations of the Archdiocese of Delhi, said, “It’s a moment of pride to visit the New Parliament, and see India develop under the leadership of PM Modi. Moreover, PM Modi has taken initiatives to make minorities a part of India’s growth journey, especially the Christian Community.

“PM Modi prioritizes the development of every Indian citizen, driving the nation forward as 'one family with one spirit.' The reforms taken by PM Modi in the last decade have extended justice to every section of the country, especially women. Over the last decade, PM Modi implemented reforms that delivered justice across the country, with a particular focus on empowering women. His commitment to sanctity extends beyond the parliament, fostering nationwide growth, success, and peace. I am confident that his visionary leadership will elevate India to greater heights on the global stage,” he added.


Acknowledging the contributions made by Sikh Community, PM Modi has taken number of landmark initiatives for the community during the last 10 years: Sikh Religious leaders

Sant Baba Lakha Singh, representative Nanaksar Kleran, said in the last 10 years, Prime Minister Modi has taken several initiatives for the welfare of the Sikh community and addressed various long-pending issues of national importance.

“We (Sikhs) hope for PM Modi’s continued premiership in the forthcoming elections so that he can continue to work for the Sikh community. Moreover, PM Modi is working tirelessly towards transforming India into a developed nation by 2047. He is fostering a sense of unity among the countrymen through the 'Sabka Saath-Sabka Vikas’ slogan, so that every citizen can contribute in making this vision a reality,” he added.

Chief Tarna Dal (Nihang Singh), Jathedar Baba Gurdev Singh said the new Parliament symbolizes ‘New India’. He lauded PM Modi’s tireless efforts for national unity, ensuring employment for every citizen and eradicating hunger.

"PM Narendra Modi has shown deep affection for the Sikh community through initiatives like celebration of centenaries of the Sikh Gurus, opening the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor after seven decades, and announcing the celebration of Veer Bal Diwas at national and international levels. Such actions by PM Modi have earned global recognition for India, and we wish to see him as our Prime Minister again. All the community in the country stand with PM Modi,” Baba Gurdev Ji added.


PM Modi a dynamic & visionary leader steering India towards becoming the Vishwas Guru (world leader), says Buddhist leaders

Bhikkhu Sanghasena, Founder and President of Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre, Leh, expressed joy over the historic multi-faith visit to the new Parliament and brief interactions with the Prime Minister and Vice President of India.

He further said, “Prime Minister Modi is a very dynamic and visionary leader, embodying the qualities of hard work, spirituality, and honesty. He is a great source of inspiration and encouragement for everyone.”

He further said, “Under PM Modi, India is steering towards becoming the Vishwas Guru (world leader), and the whole world is looking at India for leadership. While other nations excel in various fields, such as technology, they have been unable to lead the world in peace. Now, it is imperative for Indian leaders and the younger generation to come together and work collectively for creating a better world. Every community needs to make collective efforts towards the peace and prosperity of our nation, and we are committed to providing our support for this endeavour.”


Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok, former Deputy Speaker Tibetan Parliament and Senior Advisor Bharat Tibet SayogManch, said, “PM Modi has propagated the teachings and philosophies of Lord Buddha globally and also ensured the preservation of our sacred sites, making India a leader of Buddhism globally,”.

“The entire Buddhist community supports PM Modi and anticipates for his continued leadership.“In the last 10 years of Modi Government, numerous developments have taken place for minorities in the country. We have got the opportunities to voice our perspectives on various issues, which were not given earlier despite the existence of the National Commission for Minorities. PM Modi has always ensured unwavering support for religious leaders and the Indian Minorities Foundation during the last one year, and Satnam Singh Sandhu’s appointment, is a matter of pride for the minorities,” he added.



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Goswami Sushil Maharaj, founder of Acharya Sushil Muni Mission and Convenor of Bhartiya Sarva Dharma Sansad, said “When PM Modi assumed the office, he embraced the motto of 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas,' which led to successful resolution of long-standing issues of different communities over the past decade. Unlike in the past, people at the grassroots now have easy access to government policies and their benefits. Moreover, the world now sees a transformed 'New India,' which also contributed solutions to global challenges at the G20. However, India needs prolonged leadership of PM Modi, because there is still so much to accomplish. Indian women support PM Modi not merely because he is the Prime Minister, but because he understands their pain and struggles, and also provides solutions to them.

 “Satnam Singh Sandhu’s appointment as a Rajya Sabha MP under PM Modi's leadership has provided a new platform for minority communities and interfaith leaders whose only aim is to showcase India’s harmonious coexistence despite the diversity of religions and present the country’s unique identity to the global audience,” he added.


After meeting Prime Minister Modi, Acharya Vivek Muni said, “We all have given the message that the nation is supreme above religions, communities and sects. Prime Minister's vision of unity and Vasudev Kutumbakam has been made meaningful,”.

 Describing PM Modi as a patriot and hard-working, he said he is moving forward with the mantra of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas by taking people of all sects, religions and ideologies together. “Mother India is blessed to have a patriot son like Modi ji. He has dedicated every moment of his life to the nation,” Vivek Muni added.


Not scared about anything till PM Narendra Modi is here: High Priest of the Parsi community


A high Priest of the Parsi community, Dastur Ji said "We are to bless on behalf of all religions. We are not scared about anything till PM Narendra Modi is here. We will keep moving ahead under PM Modi’s leadership and I want our country to be the greatest in the world."



Founder of the IMF, Himani Sood said, "We took a contingent of 24 religious leaders to the New Parliament. We met the Prime Minister and the Vice President. A narrative is being created that our nation is not one and that all religions do not stand together. We want to send a message to the world that we stand together, that we support the governance of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and that together we strive to take our country to the goal of 'Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat'...They visited the new Parliament building, blessed it, and prayed for a third term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,".



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