Preachers of hate and violence are threatening the fabric of society, says PM Modi

Nairobi: Amid the expanding footprint of ISIS across the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday warned that "preachers of hate and violence" are threatening the fabric of the society and asked the youth to build a counter narrative to extremist ideologies.

 Preachers of hate and violence are threatening the fabric of society, says PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi delivering his speech at the University of Nairobi. Image: Twitter @MEAIndia

He also emphasised that those giving shelter to terrorists and using them as political instruments must be condemned, an apparent reference to Pakistan. Addressing the students at the University of Nairobi, Modi pitched for a world free from terror and hate, saying safety and security of people and societies is essential for realising the benefits of the economic progress.

"Preachers of hate and violence are threatening the fabric of our society," he said. Underlining the need to counter radicalization, he said that "Youth can play an important role in building a counter narrative to extremist ideologies."

His comments assume significance in view of the expanding footprint of ISIS terror group, which is particularly attracting the youth through a campaign of radicalisation.

A recent case in point was the attack in Bangladesh some days back at a cafe by a group of six educated youth in which 22 people, mostly foreigners, were killed. Some of these six attackers were allegedly influenced by the controversial Indian Muslim preacher Zakir Naik, who gives sermons on a TV channel.

Apprehensions of some Indian youth getting attracted towards ISIS is also gaining ground with 15 youngsters from Kerala going missing mysteriously. The Prime Minister, while speaking about developmental strides, said, "A steady march towards our economic goals is indeed a priority. But, we also cannot ignore the safety of our people."

Updated Date: Jul 11, 2016 19:56:40 IST