New Delhi, Mar 1: Sending out a strong message to the world over India’s secular demography, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday described the country as a cradle that nurses all religions. Speaking at the conference on ‘Islamic Heritage: Promoting Understanding & Moderation’, which was also attended by visiting King Abdullah II of Jordan, PM Modi said India has always spread the message of peace. Also Read - 196 Doctors Lose Battle to COVID: IMA Writes to PM Modi Seeking Adequate Care For Medicos & Their Families
“Indians see the whole world as one family. Whether it’s Mahatma Buddha or Mahatma Gandhi, India has always spread the message of peace. Indian democracy is a celebration of our age old plurality,” PM Modi said. Also Read - Imagine if COVID Broke Out Before 2014, PM Modi Takes Swipe at Congress on Swachh Bharat
“Modernity and tradition go hand in hand. We can see Muslim youth have Quran in one hand and computer in the other,” he added. ”The fight against terrorism and radicalisation is not against any religion, it is against the mindset that misguides youth,” PM Modi said. Also Read - PM to Launch Rs 1 lakh crore Financing Facility on Sunday
Stressing on the need of a concerted effort to tackle the menace of terrorism, PM Modi said India is ready to offer all help to Jordan and other countries in the fight.
“We would like to create awareness with the help of different leaders from all over the world. India would walk with you in your fight against terrorism,” PM Modi said. (Also Read: Cabinet approves signing of a host of pacts with Jordan)
Speaking at the conference, Jordan’s King Abdullah II expressed concern over deliberate attempts being made across the world to project Islam in a wrong way. “Today’s global war against terror is not a fight between different religions or people. It is between all faiths and communities against extremism, hate and violence,” King Abdullah II said.
“Too much of what is heard in news and what is seen about religion today is all about what separates people. Around the world suspicions are inflamed by what different groups don’t know about others. Such ideologies of hate distort the word of God to stir conflict,” he added.
Earlier, King Abdullah 2 received ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi and also paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.
PM Modi on Tuesday broke protocol and received the Jordanian King, who arrived here on a three-day state visit, at the airport. Earlier this month, King Abdullah hosted Modi at his residence in Amman.