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Shedding ‘holier-than-thou’ attitude key to conflict resolution: Modi

india Updated: May 15, 2016 00:41 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a session of International Vichar Maha Kumbh in Ujjain.(PTI)

Warning that global warming and terrorism have become the world’s biggest concerns, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday shedding the “holier-than- thou” attitude is the key to overcoming these issues and resolving conflicts.

“World’s biggest concerns are global warming and terrorism... the holier than thou attitude apparently is behind them,” Modi said while addressing a session of the three-day international conference on “Living the Right Way” on the sidelines of Simhastha-Kumbh mela in Ujjain.

“The world is passing through two types of crises. On the one hand there is global warming while on the other there is terrorism. What is the solution? What is behind their genesis...simply holier than thou attitude or (the thinking) that my way is more correct than yours. This is the thing which is dragging us towards conflicts,” he said.

Strongly opposing attempts at expansionism, he said this was not a solution to the problems.

“Expansionism is another thing that is leading us towards conflicts. Time has changed. Expansionism is not a solution to the problems. We should not go horizontal. It is not a solution. We need to go vertical and raise ourselves from within,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister also released 51-point ‘Simhastha Declaration’ jointly with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

He said one of the major issues faced by the world is conflict management but the Indians know how to resolve the conflict and cited mythology to underscore his point.

“But we (Indians) inherit conflict management skills ..Indians worship Lord Rama for his obedience and loyalty to his father and in the same breath glorify Prahlad who disobeyed his father.

“The same way Sita and Mira are also worshipped, which shows that people here are well adept at conflict management,” he said, adding what the world was doing today, Indians have been practising for ages.

“World Earth Day is observed (globally). In India, when a child wakes up in the morning his or her mother asks them to seek forgiveness from the earth before putting the foot down on the ground.”