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Friday, October 22, 2021

PRIME MINISTER MODI TO FOCUS ON COUNTERING RADICALISATION AT UNGA TO TACKLE EXTREMIST IDEOLOGIES.

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Beyond Pakistan’s state sponsorship of terrorism against India as a politico-military strategy, terrorism also arose out of the violent and extremist twists and turns of certain schools of Islamic thought. 

 He called on almost all SCO countries to take up the challenge of increased radicalism in the region, which is at the root of the challenges of peace, security and the trust deficit. 

With the military occupation of Afghanistan by the Taliban and its extremist ideology set to dominate the UNGA this week, the Prime Minister will talk about counter-radicalization and other tools to fight political Islam in his address on 25 September. 

It is the militarization of religion with the aim of seizing political power which has led to bloodshed in the Af-Pak region. This important statement came as the first SCO Summit met after the departure of US and NATO forces from Afghanistan and the Taliban once again took full control of the country. 

Prime Minister Modi has made five important points. One has pointed to India’s Islamic heritage, which is inclusive, tolerant and moderate. Second, this version of Islam has been the most prevalent in the region for centuries. Third, as he has argued in recent years, the fight against terrorism will succeed when terrorism is disconnected from religion and when the more enlightened, progressive and inclusive view of Islam trumps the radical and extremist interpretation. 

PM Modi also sees Afghanistan in this context. In his speech at the inauguration of the Afghan Parliament building in December 2015 or at the inauguration of the Salma Dam a few months later, he praised the tradition of liberalism, the message of the Sufi saints of Afghanistan and the achievements of the country in terms of literature and poetry.

 At the SCO summit, he once again stressed that the Taliban way of life is neither natural nor inevitable for the Afghan people. This is an important message that we will take to Washington DC and to UNGA in New York. With the military occupation of Afghanistan by the Taliban and its extremist ideology set to dominate the UNGA this week, the Prime Minister will talk about counter-radicalization and other tools to fight political Islam in his address on 25 September. 

It is the militarization of religion with the aim of capturing political power at the behest of an ambitious and unscrupulous neighbor, Pakistan, which has resulted in bloodshed in the Af-Pak region. Beyond Pakistan’s state sponsorship of terrorism against India as a politico-military strategy, terrorism also stems from violent and extremist twists given to certain schools of Islamic thought. 

Some of them are formulated against the occupation and injustice of the western world or for political ends. Often, however, this also turned into a fight between different tensions for domination, leading to a surge in violence.

Swarna Singh

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