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India 'spiritual capital' of the world, was never defined on the basis of religion: J&K HC's Pankaj Mithal

Pankaj Mithal said secularism has continuously been carried to this day by the nation in its true spirit although the word "secular" was added to the Constitution later through an amendment.

December 06, 2021 / 09:51 AM IST
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Pankaj Mithal, Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh High Court, on December 6 said that India has a distinction of being known as the "spiritual capital" of the world.

Delivering keynote address at "Dharma and the Constitution of India" event organised by Adhivakta Parishad to commemorate the 72nd Constitution Day, Mithal said, "India's cultural milieu is the cosmos of pure spirituality, which discourages distinguishing humans on the basis of religion."

Pandavas to Mauryas, Guptas, Mughals and Britishers ruled it, but India was never defined on the basis of religion as a Muslim, Christian or Hindu nation, because it was accepted as a spiritual country, Mithal said, as quoted by the Indian Express.

Advocate General DC Raina, the additional solicitor general of the high court and dozens of advocates and legal luminaries were among those present at the event.