July 08, 2016: Eid was celebrated with dignity and divinity all over the country. A remarkable feature of the celebration is the participation of various communities transcending religion, class and caste. Unfortunately unlike our country, our neighbours have not been able to commemorate Eid in the same peaceful manner. This is because of our strong secular democratic roots which we should preserve and strengthen.
The Eid celebration reminds me of a statement made by the President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem while presenting me with an Honorary Doctorate Degree on 7 June 1998. The President while introducing me mentioned that “yours is the only country which has not persecuted Jews during 2000 years of our history”. I felt very proud of being an Indian and what is now important is the spread of the Eid spirit of tolerance, mutual respect and happiness for all.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.