India, Indonesia to organise interfaith dialogue to promote pluralism

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Jakarta: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Indian diaspora, in Jakarta, Indonesia on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.  PTI/PIB

Jakarta: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Indian diaspora, in Jakarta, Indonesia on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.
PTI/PIB

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indonesian President Joko Widodo have agreed to organise an interfaith dialogue in Indonesia in early October 2018, which will be followed by a similar dialogue in India next year to promote pluralism and eradicate radicalism.

The two leaders shared the view on the imperative need to eradicate radicalism and reiterated the importance of promoting peaceful pluralism that would lead to true civilisation harmony, and moderation through a holistic approach, said a joint statement issued after their meeting.

“Interfaith dialogue is a reflection of the united commitment of both countries to explore a new understanding on the rise of religious identities, the dynamic of pluralism and to eradicate radicalism, terrorism, and violent extremism,” it added.

Indonesia and India have pursued the ideals of pluralism, tolerance, rule of law and values of peaceful co-existence, the statement said. “Thus, both leaders agreed to organise an interfaith dialogue in Indonesia in early October 2018, which will be followed by a similar dialogue in India next year,” it added.

Modi also announced a 30-day free visa for Indonesian citizens and invited the diaspora to travel to their country of origin to experience the ‘New India’.

Addressing a gathering of the Indian diaspora at the Jakarta Convention Centre in the Indonesian capital, Modi said, “not only do the names of our nations rhyme but also there is a distinct rhythm in the India-Indonesia friendship.”

“Many of you may never have been to India. I invite you all to come to India for the Kumbh in Prayag (Allahabad) next year,” Modi told the gathering. Kumbh Mela is one of the largest human congregations in the world.

He said this mega event would be a new experience for the visitors who will not only realise India’s ancient culture but also get a glimpse of ‘New India’.

In the last two-and-a-half years, more than 9,000 start-ups have been registered in India, he said, adding that the world’s second largest start-up ecosystem is built in India.

(With inputs from PTI)