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Prince of Arcot makes plea for secularism

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Inaugurates the Chennai chapter of the All-India Human Rights Association

CHENNAI: "Secularism is the oxygen without which India will die," said Nawab Mohamed Ali, Prince of Arcot, at the inauguration of the Chennai chapter of the All-India Human Rights Association (AIHRA) on Sunday. AIHRA expands access to justice by providing free legal assistance to the under-privileged.

Debashish Bagchi, adviser to the association and former Inspector-General of Police, said inequality was created by socio-economic structures rather than by individuals. AIHRA was constituted to ensure human rights to all.

The Prince of Arcot, who was the chief guest, said rights were clearly spelt out in the Constitution and that it was the people's duty to spread the message of secularism. "We don't care for the Babri Masjid or the Ram Temple. We just want to live in harmony." M.U. Dua, president, AIHRA New Delhi, presided and reaffirmed AIHRA's commitment to the cause of access to justice.

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