The prime minister struck the right notes but have they been heard within his party? By: Express News Service | Published:March 19, 2016 In his sp
The prime minister struck the right notes but have they been heard within his party?
By: Express News Service | Published:March 19, 2016
In his speech at the World Sufi Forum in New Delhi on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Sufism was “a celebration of diversity and pluralism” which “helped shape a distinct Islamic heritage of India”. He underlined that terrorism was not to be fought on religious lines. Religion, he said, abhors violence while terrorism divides people and destroys societies. He added that those who spread terror in the name of religion are anti-religious. Words especially apt when mobs are invoking religion to refashion nations as mono-cultures.
The shrill rhetoric of nationalism rising from the street — and now a state assembly — is hardly in consonance with the spirit of India the prime minister evoked in his speech on Thursday. Modi’s grand vision of a strong and vibrant India cannot be realised by a restive society. He should have a quiet conversation with his followers and teach them to appreciate harmony.
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