Global Terrorism v/s Humanity, Peace, and Possibilities

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Dr. Indresh Kumar shared his vision about the conference by observing: “The world continues to confront the pressing problems of terrorism, violence, and fundamentalism. Owing to these, we still witness the emergence of repressive regimes and intolerant societies which coercively oppress their own populations in the name of religious fundamentalism. The Taliban in Afghanistan has surfaced as the most recent manifestation of this scenario, representing one of the most horrendous expressions of the challenge of global terrorism to the existence of humanity.

In order to confront such a challenge, our approach must be to deal with the larger problem of global terrorism with the transcendental instrument of human values. India, a land of multiple faiths, a tolerant and inclusive culture, and a vibrant society that prides itself on its many festivals, can show the way forward in this regard. The conception of India as a land of cohesive cultures can provide an apt global model for creating an inclusive society”, added Dr Kumar.

Prof. Geeta Singh, Director of the Centre for Professional Development in Higher Education, Coordinator of Vishwagram and member of the board of conveners for the conference, quoted, “When the Taliban ran over Afghanistan, fearful women were seen scampering to stock their burqas, well aware of the primordialist chains that were set to clasp them and drag them away from their hopes of progress. In order to comprehend the tremendous threat that fundamentalist terror poses to one half of humanity, one merely needs to recall the grotesque physical, mental, and social horrors suffered by the women who fell prey to ISIS not too long ago. South Asia ironically remains one of the most fertile grounds for Islamist fundamentalism and the terrorism it creates despite being home to millions of Muslims, a melting pot of cultures, and an engine of Asia’s economy.”From the Taliban to HuJI, Lashkar-e-Taiba to Indian Mujahideen, some of the world’s most notorious and violent peddlers of jihad have thrived in the region by feeding off the socio-economic strife and insecurities of everyday Muslims. Many such jihads within the region have worryingly emanated from India’s immediate neighborhood, curbing which has remained a lasting priority for New Delhi.”highlights that the security threats proliferating beyond Afghan borders may head towards India too, especially via Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. With such a fragile scenario at hand, it is only necessary for the best of minds to come together to deliberate on solutions and possibilities for lasting peace and security. In this context, the conference note also raises a significant question: can the prospect of prosperity enable resistance to the very idea of terror? As quoted by Prof. Geeta Singh, “Being a civilizational giant that binds all lands between Kailash and Kanyakumari, India has long prescribed two of its most enduring philosophical prescriptions to the world, which are Sanatan Dharma (eternal duty) and Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the world as one family). The transcendental idealist spirit binding these two dictums is the didactic conception, ‘सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः। सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु मा कश्चिद्दुःखभाग्भवेत्। ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः,’ which is a prayer to the almighty for the sustenance of eternal peace and prosperity for all the world. With such benevolent values to project, can Maa Bharati not contribute to the global quest to counter terrorism with development by setting examples in its own region?”

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