Modi: Conflict resolution must be through dialogue

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga during the conference  "Samvad, -Global Hindu initiative on conflict avoidance and environment consciousness", in New Delhi on September 3, 2015.  Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga during the conference “Samvad, -Global Hindu initiative on conflict avoidance and environment consciousness” in New Delhi on September 3, 2015.
Photo – PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has voiced his concern over the role of non-state actors who control large territories across the world and unleash violence on people. He also insisted on the need for dialogue in resolving conflicts.

“Intolerant non-state actors now control large territories where they are unleashing barbaric violence on innocent people… The severe limitations in our conflict resolution mechanisms are becoming more and more obvious. It is, thus, no surprise that the world is taking note of Buddhism,” PM Modi said without naming any country.

He was speaking at the ‘Samvad-Global Hindu-Buddhist Initiative on Conflict Avoidance and Environment Consciousness’ in New Delhi on Thursday.

PM also said that conflicts should be resolved only via dialogue. According to him, the ideologies which close the gates for dialogue have propensity for violence.

“Hindu and Buddhist religions are in that sense more philosophies and not just belief systems. It is my firm belief that the solution to all problems lies in dialogue….Ideology only believes in unabated truth. So ideologies which close the gates for dialogue have the propensity for violence while philosophy seeks to avoid it through dialogue,” PM Modi said.

The three-day event is being held by Vivekananda International Foundation. The event will shift to Bodh Gaya on the last day on September 5.

The gathering was attended by representatives of many Buddhist countries, including Japan, Sri Lanka, Mongolia and Cambodia. Here, Modi also made a pitch for India as a prime religious destination for tourists.

“My government is doing everything possible to give an impetus to the Buddhist heritage across India, and India is taking the lead in boosting the Buddhist heritage across Asia,” he said.

At the same event, former Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga spoke about terrorism. She said terrorism was an extreme manifestation of long unresolved issues. She also said that and inclusive and sustainable development was the key to resolve such conflicts.

(With inputs from PTI)