"It would not be proper on the part of those who are ignorant of India's culture, society, customs and constitution to give a certificate about the country's social harmony and religious freedom," Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

Our Constitution, culture and government were committed to ensuring the security and freedom of minorities in India. Please did not judge our religious freedom through the issue of
NGO licences, he added.

Naqvi urged that some isolated cases should not used to stereotype the country's image.

He continued isolated incidents like racial discrimination do happen in all parts of the world but one should not judge the entire country on the basis of such incidents.

He said India is the largest secular democratic country in the world and it is because there is harmony and brotherhood among its people and "this (harmony) is the beauty of this1 country".

He was reacting to a report by USCIRF (US Commission on International Religious Freedom) which claimed that minorities in the country have been subjected to "violent attacks" and "forced conversions" after the Modi government assumed power in 2014.

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