Di­a­logue will solve con­flicts, says PM Modi

He un­der­lined that diplo­matic chan­nels were the only way to re­solve stand­off with China

Sunday Express - - NEWS - @ New Delhi

New Delhi: 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, PM Naren­dra Modi said on Satur­day. Modi said he is a “prod­uct of the an­cient In­dian tra­di­tion that firmly be­lieves in di­a­logue on dif­fi­cult is­sues.”

If man does not nur­ture na­ture, then na­ture re­acts in the form of cli­mate change Naren­dra Modi, Prime Min­is­ter

PRIME Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Satur­day said di­a­logue was 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.

The PM said he was a “prod­uct of the an­cient In­dian tra­di­tion that firmly be­lieves in di­a­logue on dif­fi­cult is­sues”, in a video mes­sage to the sec­ond edi­tion of ‘Sam­vad- Global Ini­tia­tive on Con­flict Avoid­ance and En­vi­ron­ment Con­scious­ness’ be­ing held in Yan­gon, Myan­mar.

“As the in­ter-con­nected and in­ter­de­pen­dent world of 21st cen­tury bat­tles a num­ber of global chal­lenges, from ter­ror­ism to cli­mate change, I am con­fi­dent that the so­lu­tions will be found through Asia’s old­est tra­di­tions of di­a­logue and de­bate,” he said, hint­ing that diplo­matic chan­nels were the only way to re­solve Dok­lam stand­off with China.

Prime Min­is­ter said the an­cient In­dian con­cept of “Tarka Shas­tra” (de­bate) is founded on di­a­logue and de­bate as the model for ex­change of views and avoid­ance of con­flict.

Talk­ing about the en­vi­ron­ment, he said man must re­late to na­ture and re­vere it and not merely con­sider it a re­source to be ex­ploited.

It is only nat­u­ral that the search for an­swers are led by the hu­man­ity’s long­est tra­di­tions of thought, rooted in var­i­ous re­li­gions, civil­i­sa­tions and and mul­ti­ple streams of spir­i­tu­al­ity, he said.

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