India did not give communalism to the world: PM Modi

India has not given communalism to the world but only spirituality, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said, asserting that saints and other learned men have always espoused for ‘rashtra dharma’ (duty to nation).Modi, while unveiling the 300th book penned by prominent Jain monk Acharya Ratnasundersuriji Maharaj here through a video conference, said former President APJ Abdul Kalam believed in India’s legacy of spirituality and had said it can help mankind deal with the major challenges it is facing today.

“The world has not been able to understand us the way it should have. India is a country which has never followed sectarian tendencies. India has never given communalism but spirituality to the world.

“Sometimes, community can be a creator of problems but spirituality provides resolution to problems,” he said.

Modi described the monk as a “great social reformer and spiritual leader” who has expressed his views on all concepts and objects of the universe through his various books.

The book, ‘My India, Nobel India’, in four languages – English, Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi – was released at the Somaiya Grounds in Sion-Chunabhatti area here during the ‘Sahitya Satkar Samaroh’ programme on the concluding day of the 10-day-long religious and spiritual conclave.

“May be I am away from you, but I am very near to your heart and bowing down to the holy feet of Acharya,” Modi said to the audience of 30,000 present at the pandal here.

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