New Delhi, Sep 1 (UNI) Vice-President M Hamid Ansari today released a book on Sulaimani Boharas, an Ismaili Shia sect of Islam, and said it had added to the knowledge about the sheer diversity of Indian society.
''The diversity is a fact of life. Each one them exists as an identity. In India, that identity is allowed to sustain,'' he said while releasing the book, 'Sulaimainis- Lives Less Ordinary', edited by former Cabinet Secretary Zafar Saifullah, at a function at his residence here.
He congratulated Mr Saifaillah for bringing out a valuable and informative book.
Present on the occasion were Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman K Rehman Khan, Panchayati Raj Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Samajwadi Party MP Amar Singh, among others.
The book is a tribute to the Sulaimani Boharas, their talents, values, labours, dedication, tenacity and commitment, inspiring accomplishments and above all strong patriotism not just to the country of their birth but to the incomparable society.
It describes that by dint of their qualities, the Sulaimani rose to positions of national eminence in this wide spectrum of professions and carved a niche for themselves in the country's mainstream.
The Sulaimanis belong to the Ismaili Shiya sect of Islam. Their roots are in Yemen, located in the South-west coast of Arabia, the birth place of major world religions including Islam. The world's first cities developed there more than 5,000 years ago.
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