Dialogue is the only way to cut through deep-rooted religious stereotypes and prejudices that divide communities across the world and sow seeds of conflict between nations and societies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday.
Speaking at the Samvad - Global Initiative on Conflict Avoidance and Environment Consciousness through video-conferencing, PM Modi said, "As inter-connected and inter-dependent world of 21st century battles a number of global challenges, from terrorism to climate change, I am confident that the solutions will be found through Asia's oldest traditions of dialogue and debate."
In his address, Modi said that he is a "product of the ancient Indian tradition which firmly believes in dialogue on difficult issues."
The prime minister said that the ancient Indian concept of "Tarka Shastra" (debate) is based on dialogue and debate as the model for exchange of views and avoidance of conflict.
PM Modi also reiterated India's commitment to protection of nature and take effective steps to tackle the challenges posed by climate change.
Modi said, "If man does not nurture nature, nature reacts in the form of climate change. Man must relate to nature, man must revere nature, not merely consider it a resource to be exploited."