Dialogue, debate needed to resolve conflicts in 21st century, says Narendra Modi

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 5, 2017

Speaking at the Samvad - Global Initiative on Conflict Avoidance and Environment Consciousness through video-conferencing, PM Modi said, "As inter-connected and inter-dependent 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".

Addressing through a video message on Saturday to the 2nd edition of "Samvad- Global Initiative on Conflict Avoidance and Environment Consciousness" being held in Yangon Narendra Modi said that as a product of ancient Indian traditions he is a firm believer that dialogue is the solution to any hard issue. He added that dialogue would help cut through religious prejudices that create conflict between nations. The prime minister added that the concept of "tarka shastra" or debate was founded on this model of exchanging views.

Giving examples of Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Lord Buddha and Bhakta Prahlada, he said the objective of each of their actions was to uphold "dharma" (duty), which has sustained Indians from ancient to modern times.

Modi said, "If man does not nurture nature, nature reacts in the form of climate change. Man must relate to nature, man must revere nature, not merely consider it a resource to be exploited".

He also called for a greater, "harmonious environmental consciousness" in all as it was more important than legislation on the environment.

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