Dialogue is the only way to resolve conflicts, says Prime Minister Modi

PM Modi said he is a "product of the ancient Indian tradition that firmly believes in dialogue on difficult issues."

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:August 5, 2017 12:48 pm
doka la, china india, conflicts, modi Giving examples of Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Lord Buddha and Bhakta Prahlada, he said the purpose of each of their actions was to uphold ‘dharma’ (duty), which has sustained Indians from ancient to modern times. (Photo: Reuters)

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, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today. “As the 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,” he said.

Modi said he is a “product of the ancient Indian tradition that firmly believes in dialogue on difficult issues.” He stated this in a video message to the 2nd edition of ‘Samvad- Global Initiative on Conflict Avoidance and Environment Consciousness’ being held in Yangon.

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

Giving examples of Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Lord Buddha and Bhakta Prahlada, he said the purpose of each of their actions was to uphold ‘dharma’ (duty), which has sustained Indians from ancient to modern times. Talking about the environment, he said man must relate to nature and revere it and not merely consider it a resource to be exploited.

If man does not nurture nature, then nature reacts in the form of climate change, he said. Environmental laws and regulations, while essential in any modern society, afford only an inferior protection to nature, he added, calling for “harmonious environmental consciousness.”

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    Curious onlooker
    Aug 5, 2017 at 7:50 pm
    "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" Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today. It is so true for the world as well as for India. But did he ever ask himself if he practiced in his own native land what he preaches for the outside world? If he is truthful to himself he would notice there is a huge gulf separating between what he says and what he does generally described as soft soaping, baloney and hypocrisy.
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    jungle cat
    Aug 5, 2017 at 6:56 pm
    This was what Dr MMS said many times but our great emperor abused him for faint-hardheartedness. Now wisdom has dawned!! At least now remember your words and behave responsibly like a leader!
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    jungle cat
    Aug 5, 2017 at 6:54 pm
    This was what Dr.MMS said many times but our great emperor abused him for faint-heartedness. Now wisdom has dawned!!. Atleast now remember your words and behave responsibly like a leader!
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    Sriram
    Aug 5, 2017 at 5:56 pm
    Narendra Modi ji as Prime Minister realizes that Dialog is the only way to solve conflicts . Thank god, good sense has prevailed. Earlier he would say anything irresponsibly to sound Macho.
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    s s nair
    Aug 5, 2017 at 4:19 pm
    Sorry one correction please. It should be dialogue and lynching. Thank you.
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    sm
    Aug 5, 2017 at 4:12 pm
    Gaaand phat gyi maadhhrchhod ki....pahle to das sar kaat raha tha
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    soaeb
    Aug 5, 2017 at 4:04 pm
    Yeah cuz you cant mess, live or breath without with China and what about Dialogue with Pakistan not necessary cause you can use them to fool the people of great nation for your personal gain.
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    Raj sharma
    Aug 5, 2017 at 4:03 pm
    As said by shiv sena only Indira Gandhi was man rest all are fake before election I will do this and that after election please 5 year more
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