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Terrorism is a concrete manifestation of destructive emotions of hate and violence: PM Modi at International Vesak Day festivities in Colombo
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address as chief guest at the International Vesak Day festivities in Colombo on May 12, with the theme 'Social Justice and Sustainable World Peace', described terrorism as the act that stems from the 'mindsets, thought streams, entities and instruments rooted in the idea of hate and violence'.

According to a press release, Modi said that Vesak was the most sacred of days, when humanity reveres the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Lord Buddha to reflect on the supreme truth and timeless relevance of Dhamma, and the four noble truths.

Thanking Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, and the people of Sri Lanka, for inviting him as the chief guest at the International Vesak Day festivities in Colombo, Modi said, "On this auspicious occasion, I also bring with me the greetings of 1.25 billion people from the land of the Samyak-sambuddha, the perfectly self awakened one."

According to Modi, social injustice stems from greed that has driven the mankind to dominate and degrade our natural habitat. He was of the view that humans' desire to achieve all their wants had created income inequalities in communities and disturbed social harmony.

He articulated that the biggest challenge to Sustainable World Peace today was not necessarily from conflict between the nation states but from the mindsets, thought streams, entities and instruments rooted in the idea of hate and violence. He added that the menace of terrorism in our region is a concrete manifestation of this destructive emotion.

Modi said that he firmly believed that Buddhism's message of peace is the answer to growing arc of violence all over the world. He was of the view that the world needed an active peace by collectively working to promote dialogue, harmony and justice, based on Karuna or compassion and Pragya or wisdom.

"On Vesak, my hope is that India and Sri Lanka will work together to uphold the ideals of Lord Buddha and promote values of peace, accommodation, inclusiveness, and compassion in the policies and conduct of our governments," he urged saying that on the blessed day of Vesak, let us light the lamps of knowledge to move out of darkness; let us look more within; and let us uphold nothing else but the truth.

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