Violence in name of ‘faith’ will not be tolerated: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing Indians on Mann Ki Baat said that no one is above law and that violence in the name of “faith” will not be tolerated.

“I had said this in my earlier speech too, when I spoke from the Red Fort on August 15 that violence in the name of faith will not be tolerated. Whether it is communal belief systems or subscribing to political ideologies, whether it is allegiance to a person or customs and traditions, nothing in the name of violence will be tolerated,” Prime Minister Modi said, while addressing the nation in his monthly radio address, adding that no one has the right to take law into one’s own hands in the name of belief.

“In the Constitution given to us by Baba Saheb Ambedkar, there is every provision for ensuring justice for each and every person,” he added.

He added that news of violence comes amidst festivities “it is only natural to be concerned,” adding that India is the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Lord Buddha.

“We have been hearing and saying Ahimsa Parmo Dharmah (the Mahabharata, one of the epics of Hinduism, has multiple mentions of the phrase, Ahimsa Paramo Dharma, meaning, non-violence is the highest moral virtue) from our Childhood,” he added.

Prime Minister Modi also said that for centuries, nation’s forefathers imbibed community values, non-violence, mutual respect which were “inherent to us”.

Remembering Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan with gratitude for his great qualities as a teacher, he said that on this teachers day, we should resolve to “teach to transform, educate to empower and learn to lead.”

“We celebrate September 5 as Teachers Day. It is the birthday of our former president Dr. Radhakrishnan. He was the president, but all through his life, he saw himself as a teacher. The most important quality of a teacher is to awaken in his students, a sense of creativity and the joy of learning. As we celebrate Teacher’s Day this year, we should come together and take a resolve. Can we run a campaign in mission mode? Teach to transform, educate to empower and learn to lead? Can we move ahead with his resolve?” the Prime Minister said.

Asserting that teachers have a big role in transforming people’s lives, he urged the nation to make a collective effort with the mantra – teach to transform.

Recalling his meeting with six women officers of the Indian Navy who will embark on a voyage across across the world on INS Tarini, he saluted them for their grit and valour, adding that each and every Indian should be proud of these daughters.

“I had the opportunity to meet some young daughters, some, who, were born in Himalayas, who had absolutely no connection with the sea. Six of these young daughters are in the Navy. Their grit and zeal, is inspiring for all of us. These six young women will embark on a voyage across the seas, in a small boat, INS Tarini. Each and every Indian would be proud of these daughters. I salute their valour and have asked them to share their experiences with the entire country,” he said.

Stating their journey as the first instance of its kind in the world, he further apprised the listeners that they can extend their good wishes to the all-women Indian Navy crew on the Narendra Modi (NM) App.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi touched upon a variety of topics in his ‘Mann ki Baat’ address, including terrorism, violence, and cleanliness among others.

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