New Delhi, Aug 5, 2017: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that “Dialogue is the only way to cut through deep-rooted religious stereotypes and prejudices that divide communities across the world and sow seeds of conflict between nations and societies.”
Speaking in a video message for the Samvad-Global Initiative on Conflict Avoidance and Environment Consciousness, PM Modi said “As the inter-connected and inter-dependent world of 21st century battles a number of global challenges, from terrorism to climate change, I am confident that the solutions will be found through Asia’s oldest traditions of dialogue and debate.”
In his address, PM Modi said that he is a “product of the ancient Indian tradition which firmly believes in dialogue on difficult issues.”
The prime minister said that the ancient Indian concept of “Tarka Shastra” (debate) is based on dialogue and debate as the model for exchange of views and avoidance of conflict.
It is only natural that the search for answers is led by humanity’s longest traditions of thought, rooted in various religions, civilizations, and multiple streams of spirituality, he said.
Citing examples of Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Lord Buddha and Bhakta Prahlada, PM Modi said that the purpose of each of their actions was to uphold ‘dharma’ (duty), which has sustained Indians from ancient to modern times.
As far as the environment is concerned, he said that man must relate to nature and revere it instead of merely consideing it as a resource to be exploited.
If a man does not nurture nature, then nature reacts in the form of climate change, he said.
Environmental laws and regulations, essential in the modern society, afford only an inferior protection to nature, he added, calling for “harmonious environmental consciousness.”