In Sri Lanka, PM Modi takes a dig at 'proponent of hate' Pakistan


NEW DELHI, May 12: Without naming it, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi today took a dig at Pakistan referring to it as a "proponent of hate" that is "not open to dialogue and therefore only open to causing death and destruction".

"The biggest challenge to sustainable world peace today is not necessarily from conflict between the nation states, it is from the mindsets, thought streams, entities and instruments rooted in the idea of hate and violence," the PM said in an address in Sri Lanka where he is on a two-day state visit .

"The menace of terrorism in our region is a clear manifestation of this destructive emotion. Sadly these ideologies of hate and their proponents in our region are not open to dialogue and hence only open to causing death,destruction,"Modi said, on the occasion of International Vesak Day celebrations in Sri Lanka. Vesak Day is Buddha Purnima or Buddha Day.

Modi further said Buddhism's message of peace could be a guiding force during these violent times.

"I believe that Buddhism's message of peace is the answer to the growing arc of violence all over the world...Lord Buddha's message is as relevant in the twenty first century as it was two and a half millennia ago," the PM said.

Earlier, PM Modi announced that from August, Air India will operate direct flights between Colombo and Varanasi.

"My Tamil brothers and sisters will also be able to visit Varanasi, the land of Kashi Viswanath," he said.

This is Modi's second visit to Sri Lanka in two years. He arrived yesterday primarily to attend the International Vesak Day celebrations and his visit is aimed at reinforcing the traditional connect between India and Sri Lanka.(TOI)

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