Gujral goes ga-ga over Dr Abdul Kalam's secularism
He is a 'diamond'.
He is a living proof of what
'secularism can do for India and its
He is the 'architect of India's missile programme.'
The 'he' of the topic,
you must have guessed by now, is Defence
Research and Development Organisation
chief Dr Abdul Kalam. And the gushing compliments come
from none other than Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral.
The place was Mewat, a Muslim-dominated region of Haryana, and
Gujral was busy with the favourite hobby of all Indian politicians -- namely, laying
a foundation stone.
He finished with the
stone (and as stones go, this one was a whopper -- for a Rs 120 million hospital!), cleared his
throat, and spoke aforementioned-ly about Dr Kalam.
"No matter what language a man speaks." the PM spoke on, "he will still
understand the language of secularism."
He promised India would not be divided
once again on religious grounds. "It is communal violence that's threatening
the country," Gujral said, winding up his speech, "not any external factor."