The entire world is suffering at the hands of terrorism. A big chunk of the population is living under violence and fear, as some ill-begotten men go around spreading blood and panic alike. People have been forced to leave their lands and homes, seeking a safe place to dwell.
Most of the terror-influenced violence is related to religious hatred. Call it religious or sectarian hatred, the Islamic State (ISIS) is using the religious card to cover its ugly face and butcher scores of innocent lives in the Middle East. The fire of hatred is not contained within the countries of Syria, and Iraq; the flames have spread to Europe and the repercussions are beginning to show.
A recent example of IS terror is the Paris attack last November that resulted in the death of over 150 people. Surprisingly, this was the effect of ISIS hatred, which reared its head in an otherwise peaceful country, and they did it in the garb of justifying Islam. These terror organizations try to gain sympathy, using the name of Islam in a wrong manner.
India is a land of many religions, with as many diverse cultures and languages. That is the flavour called India. The intolerance created by any religious or ethnic group can threaten the social fabric of India.
While there were several news articles, talking about Indian youth supporting the ISIS, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thought this was the time to curb the menace right at its proverbial bud. We can’t be remain in safety if our neighbour’s house is on fire. And the PM got the sentiment right.
Few months back, PM Modi spoke at the World Sufi Forum in Delhi, addressing the Islamic scholars and masters from 20 countries. Besides praising the reforms made by Sufiyas for humanity notwithstanding the religious differences, he spoke about something else. The threat of the Islamic State in India!
That is a move we love about our PM. He can sideline his political gimmicks and talk about the real issues. He believes that education is the tool that can save youth from going wayward, especially into the den of the terror-inclined jihadist groups.
They can be saved from being misled, who tend to scout for such young people, and use them against the bad elements. Islam is not what the ISIS says it is about; rather the religion calls for humanity and peace.