GANGTOK: President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday praised the beauty of Sikkim and the state for maintaining peace and harmony among different religious groups of people.
The president is on a visit to the Himalayan state Sikkim.
“It is good to know that the people of all religions in Sikkim live in peace and harmony and participate in each other’s festivities with enthusiasm.,” the president said, addressing the 5th convocation of the Sikkim University in Gangtok.
The president’s statement came even as other states in Northeast such as Nagaland and Manipur are troubled over the Naga talks issue.
Kovind said that the people of Sikkim have “set a great example” before the nation and showed how people following different religions can live in peace and harmony.
He also praised Sikkim for maintaining its legacy of being called ‘Switzerland of the East’, which till today remains a beautiful tourist destination.
In his address, the president also lauded Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang for developing the state to the status sixth on cleanliness index in 2018 under the Swachh Bharat Mission.
Kovind then praised the Sikkim University for imparting quality education to students and setting up a Centre for Endangered Languages to teach Bhutia, Limbu and Lepcha.
“It is necessary to protect and preserve the culture and heritage of Sikkim in order to maintain its distinct identity,” he said.The president, after his address at the event, gave away gold medals and certificates to students of the university.
(With inputs from agencies)