Prime Minister Narendra Modi today stressed 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.
In a video message during the 2nd edition of Samvad-Global Initiative on Conflict Avoidance and Environment Consciousness, Mr Modi said the societies across the world are facing several questions like how to avoid conflict and ways to address a global challenge like climate change and how to live in peace and harmony.
The two day conference is taking place in Yangon, in Myanmar. He said that it is only natural that the search for answers should be led by the humanity’s longest traditions of thought, rooted in various religions, civilizations, and multiple streams of spirituality.
The Prime Minister said, he is a product of the ancient Indian tradition that firmly believes in dialogue on difficult issues. He said, the ancient Indian concept of Tarka Shastra is founded on dialogue and debate as the model for exchange of views and avoidance of conflict.
Prime Minister also said, if man does not nurture nature, then nature reacts in the form of climate change. Mr Modi asserted that man must relate to nature, revere nature, not merely consider it a resource to be exploited. He said, the inter-connected and inter-dependent world of 21st century battles a number of global challenges, from terrorism to climate change.
Mr Modi said, he is confident that the solutions will be found through Asia’s oldest traditions of dialogue and debate.