Prime Minister, Narendra Modi spoke at the second edition of the two day ‘Samvad’-Global Hindu Buddhist Initiative on Conflict Avoidance and Environment Consciousness, being held in Yongan, on Saturday. The first edition was held at the Vivekananda Kendra in September, 2015.

While addressing the meet through video conferencing the Prime Minister spoke on the three tier issues of avoidance of conflict between nations, Climate Change and Peace.  

 Quoting the ancient Indian theory of ‘Tarka Shastra’, based on avoidance of conflict through dialogue and debate; the PM said that he is a “product of the ancient Indian tradition that firmly believes in dialogue on difficult issues”.

Video courtesy-Narendra Modi YouTube

Further laying emphasis on the need of holding a ‘Samvad’ or ‘Dialogue’ which is the need of the hour; he said , “Dialogue is the only way to cut through the deep rooted religious stereotypes and prejudices that divide communities across the world and sow seeds of conflict between nations and societies”.

 Speaking on the global issue of climate change; he called upon humanity to ‘nurture nature’ and pressed on the need for a “harmonious environmental consciousness”.  He also said that  though the first step to save the environment is through environmental laws but man should essentially relate and revere nature rather than reducing it to a mere source of exploitation for human needs.

Ending his speech with a humble note on peace and harmony;  he said, “As the 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.”