Some people create conflict in the name of religion or ideology, says National Security Advisor Ajit Doval
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval today warned the nation to be on guard against forces that conspire to disturb harmony and create unrest in the name of religion and ideology.
Mr Doval made the comment at an event organized by the All India Sufi Sajjadanashin Council in Delhi, where religious leaders were present to discuss and adopt a resolution for peace and unity. A resolution after the meeting called for the banning of organizations like the People’s Front of India, or PFI, “which pursue an agenda of division”.
“Certain elements are trying to create an atmosphere that vitiates the progress of India. They are creating acrimony and strife in the name of religion and ideology, and this is affecting the whole country while also spreading outside the country,” Doval said.
The national security adviser’s warning comes two months after a now-suspended BJP spokesman, Nupur Sharma, made comments about the Prophet Muhammad on television, which led to condemnation from the countries of the Gulf, followed by India’s assurance that it does not tolerate comments such as that made by “fringe elements”.
A Hindu tailor was later killed by two Muslim men on camera in Udaipur, Rajasthan. Ms. Sharma’s comment has also led to clashes in some parts of the country.
In a statement after the event, the organizers said: “…The nation is going through difficult times due to certain anti-social elements and groups who are trying to distort the image of India as a shining example of unity in diversity”.
Among the eight-point resolution on the meeting published in the media, one of the points called for the banning of the Indian People’s Front, or PFI. This resolution is significant since the National Security Advisor had attended the event and the resolution is for all intents and purposes a common position.
“Organizations like the PFI (People’s Front of India) and any other such fronts, which engage in anti-national activities, pursue a divisive agenda and create discord among our citizens must be banned and actions brought against them in accordance with the law of the land.. At the same time, we strongly recommend that any person or organization found guilty of spreading hatred among the communities by any means be prosecuted in accordance with the provisions of the law” , indicates the resolution.