Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has said the ideas of truth, dialogue and non-violence espoused by Indian legend Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi provide us the most effective and best way to deal with the biggest challenges of terrorism faced by the world community.
“What is terrorism? What is the definition of terrorism?
Terrorism has no respect for religion, border or nationalities. It believes in only one thing and that is wanton destruction. Today terrorism is a serious challenge for international community,” President Pranab Mukherjee said at the prestigious Uppsala University in Stockholm on Tuesday before concluding his three-day visit to Sweden.
The President Pranab Da said that durable peace and non-violence can only be enunciated on the basis of humanity’s moral and intellectual solidarity as political, economic and behavioural agreements will not on their own build an enduring peace.
Prandb Da speaking on “Tagore and Gandhi: Do they have Contemporary Relevance for Global Peace?,”
“Rabindranath Tagore strongly believed that world peace could never be achieved until big and powerful nations curbed their desire for territorial expansion and control over smaller nations” said by Pranab Mukherjee.
President Pranab Mukherjee added in his speech, “If Tagore was the intellectual and spiritual torch bearer of global peace, it was the Mahatma or the great soul who showed the world that Satyagraha or truth force and non-violence can be marshalled to create a more just world”.
“I have no doubt in stating that the ideas of truth, openness, dialogue and non-violence espoused by Tagore and Gandhiji provide the best way forward for a world confronted with intolerance, bigotry and terrorism,” said by Pranab Da.
President mention in his speech about, Speaking from the same podium from where the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore had addressed the gathering in 1921”, Mukherjee said, “their values and their vision are more relevant to the present situation of the culture than any time before in a world desperately searching for permanent solutions to conflicts and tensions” he said.
“These ideals therefore need to be propagated far and wide, especially amongst the youngsters and nation youth generation,” he said.
The President said that in Tagore’s view, war was a consequence of aggressive western materialism that developed in the early part of the 20th century, with science divorced from spirituality.