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Two US mayors visit Mumbai to discuss counter-terrorism measures

The meet was organised by the International Strong Cities Network (SCN) formed by the United Nations in 2015.

mumbai Updated: Feb 17, 2018 01:13 IST

Hindustan Times
The two mayors met Mumbai mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar.
The two mayors met Mumbai mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar.(HT file photo)

Mayors of two cities from the United States of America - Tom Tait from Ananheim, California, and Greg Fischer from Louisville, Kentucky - on Friday met the mayor of Mumbai Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, the director general of police (DGP) in Maharashtra Satish Mathur, and various religious leaders.

“Radicalization is born when an individual senses a feeling of non-belonging towards family or the society. Extremism can be combated only through initiating a public dialogue, innovative practices to build social cohesion, and city-wide charters for compassion and kindness,” said Tom Tait during the course of the conversation.

The two mayors said Mumbai’s demography consists largely of youngsters, who may be radicalised if they lose their sense of belonging.

“Mumbai needs a governing body that can introduce the concept of kindness and compassion early in life. It will help to eradicate radicalization and lower the rate of crime, in the same manner as the two cities of Louisville and Ananheim,” said Fischer.

“I have challenged the mayor of Mumbai to observe ‘act of compassion and kindness day’ in the city.”

The meet was organised by the International Strong Cities Network (SCN) formed by the United Nations in 2015. The SCN comprises 125 cities across the world, including Mumbai, and aims to discuss the issue of counter terrorism in versatile cities influenced by economic, religious and social diversities.

“The Strong Cities Network is a think tank which serves as a vital tool to strengthen capacity-building and improve collaboration,” said Rebecca Skellett, senior programme manager, SCN.

“As we continue to counter a range of domestic and global terror threats, this innovative platform enables the member cities to learn from one another and to build social cohesion and community resilience here at home and around the world,” said Skellett.

Skellett said that Mathur, discussed various issues, including counter terrorism, with SCN members. He educated them about the need for public awareness and to initiate public dialogues through Mohalla committees and rehabilitation programmes for de-radicalised youth.

“The Anti-Terrorism Squad here have used theatre as a medium to spread awareness about prevention of terrorism, which we can use in the USA,” said Skellett.

First Published: Feb 17, 2018 01:08 IST

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