Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that terrorism not only took lives but also derailed economies as he sought a unified global voice against extremism and nations supporting the scourge.
Delivering the prestigious Singapore Lecture at the city-state, Modi also urged the world to delink religion from terrorism and “assert the human value that defines every faith”.
“Nations must cooperate more with each other. Societies must reach out within and to each other,” he said in comments which mirrored his speeches at Malaysia in the last two days.
The Prime Minister’s speech also reflected the general mood across the world following the bloody massacre in Paris, which saw terrorists owing allegiance to the Islamic State mow down at least 130 people on November 13.
The Prime Minister arrived in Singapore on Monday afternoon on a two-day visit after wrapping up his three-day Malaysia tour where he attended the ASEAN and East Asia summit.
“There will be political, legal, military and intelligence efforts. But, we must do more,” he asserted adding that “countries also must be held accountable for sanctuaries, support, arms and funds”.
Though he did not name any country, his mention about sanctuaries was an apparent reference to Pakistan whom New Delhi accuses of giving shelter and support to several terror groups, including the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Haqqani network.
Amid a standoff between China and some east Asian nations over South China Sea, the Prime Minister also said oceans, space and cyberworld should not become the “new theatres of contests” but be the avenues of “shared prosperity”.
Modi said India and China will engage constructively across the complexity of their relationship as two self-assured and confident nations, aware of their interests and responsibilities.
Before Modi, other Indian leaders who have delivered the annual lecture include former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, former prime ministers PV Narsimha Rao and Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Earlier in the day, prior to leaving for Singapore, Modi wooed foreign investors, saying India has ended regulatory uncertainties and created a policy-driven state that offers ample scope for investment.
At a meeting with leaders of corporate Malaysia, he said India is looking at strengthening commercial ties with the southeast Asian nation.
“You have the experience and expertise. We have the requirement. It is a perfect match,” Modi said, a day after promising reforms “with speed and boldness” along with a transparent and predictable tax regime and protection of intellectual property rights.
During his visit to Singapore, Modi will meet his counterpart Lee Hsien Loong, President Tony Tan Keng Yam and emeritus senior minister Goh Chok Tong.
With inputs from agencies