Religion Should Be Delinked From Terror: PM Modi


PM Modi in Kuala LampurDescribing terrorism as the biggest threat to the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Sunday, said, that terrorism should be delinked from religion.

Addressing the Indian diaspora in Kuala Lumpur, the 65-year-old said, it was important to ensure that no country supported terror.

He stressed the need for ensuring that the internet does not become a “recruiting ground” for terrorism, amid the growing trend of ISIS luring youth from across the globe, and spoke about the world coming together to use “military force” and “international legal systems” to fight the menace.

Referring to the recent attacks in Paris, Ankara, Mali, and on the Russian plane, PM Modi said, terrorism is not a “peripheral problem” for the Asian region, but its shadow stretches across the world, both in recruitment, and choice of targets.

Modi, on the second day of his three-day visit to Malaysia, stressed the need for working “within our societies and with our youth” to counter terrorism.

Amid chants of “Modi, Modi”, the Prime Minister hailed the crowd of more than 15,000, a majority of them Tamil-Malaysians with a “vanakkam” (hello in Tamil). He described India as “a land of unparalleled diversity and vast social and political challenges.” “And, you stand together in a spirit of harmony. Not just with other Malay Indians, but also with all Malay people,” he said.

He said, “India was a bright spot amid global slowdown. The country was “running at” 7.5 per cent and would grow “even faster” in the coming years. Every major global institution has placed its bets on India growing strongly.”

He said, terrorism was the “biggest threat to the world today”. It knows no boundaries, it uses the name of religion to draw people to its cause but kills people of all faiths, he said.

“We have to delink religion from terror,” he said. “The only distinction is between those who believe in humanity and who does not…. We also have to work within the society, specially the youth.”


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