Fight against terrorism is not confrontation against any religion: Sushma at OIC

Sushma Swaraj
Sushma Swaraj, Image : ANI


Abu Dhabi, March 1: “Fight against terrorism is not a confrontation against any religion”, said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

Addressing the OIC conclave, Swaraj stated “Terrorism in each case is driven by distortion of religion. Fight against terror is not a confrontation against any religion. Just as Islam means peace, none of the 99 names of Allah mean violence. Similarly, every religion stands for peace”.

“They practice their respective beliefs&live in harmony with each other and with their non-Muslim brothers. It’s this appreciation of diversity and coexistence that has ensured that very few Muslims in India have fallen prey to poisonous propaganda of radicalist and extremist ideologies”.

Swaraj qouted “The Rig Veda” to embrace the context of pluralism.

“India has always embraced and found it easy to embrace pluralism since it is embedded in the oldest Sanskrit religious text “The Rig Veda” and I quote “Ekam sat vipra bahudha vadhanti“, which means “God is One but learned men describe him in many ways”.

“I come from land of Mahatma Gandhi where every prayer ends with call for ‘shanti‘ that is peace for all. I convey our best wishes, support&solidarity in your quest for stability, peace, harmony, economic growth&prosperity for your people&world”, she added.

The Indian Minister further said that terror infrastructure must be dismantled to save humanity.

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