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At Interfaith Meet, NSA Doval Says Some Elements Creating Conflict in Name of Religion; Resolution to Ban PFI Adopted

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Last Updated: July 30, 2022, 18:43 IST

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NSA Ajit Doval made the comments at the 'Interfaith Conference for Communal Harmony' organised by the All India Sufi Sajjadanashin Council in Delhi, on Saturday. (Image: Reuters/File)

NSA Ajit Doval made the comments at the 'Interfaith Conference for Communal Harmony' organised by the All India Sufi Sajjadanashin Council in Delhi, on Saturday. (Image: Reuters/File)

The resolution also stated that those targeting gods, goddesses and prophets in discussions or debates should be "condemned and dealt with as per law"

A resolution to ban organisations, such as Popular Front of India (PFI) and any other group involved in “anti-national activities and creating discord”, was made at an interfaith conference on Thursday where national security adviser Ajit Doval warned that there were anti-social elements in India trying to create conflict in the name of religion and ideology.

While Sufi cleric Hazrat Syed Naseruddin Chishty called for a ban on radical organisations, including the PFI, the unanimous resolution also stated that those targeting gods, goddesses and prophets in discussions or debates should be “condemned and dealt with as per law”.

Making his comments at the ‘Interfaith Conference for Communal Harmony’ organised by the All India Sufi Sajjadanashin Council (AISSC) in Delhi, Doval said, “Some elements are trying to create an atmosphere that’s vitiating the progress of India. They’re creating acrimony and conflict in the name of religion and ideology, it’s affecting the entire country while spilling over outside the country too.”

The conference was attended by religious heads to discuss peace and unity, and it later passed a resolution to ban organisations like the PFI. “Organisations in anti-national activities and creating discord among citizens must be banned and action initiated against them as per law of the land,” stated the resolution taken unanimously in the presence of Doval.

The resolution also stated, “At the same time, we strongly recommend that any person or organisation found guilty with evidence of spreading hatred among the communities through any means must be acted upon as per the provisions of law.”

In wake of the suspension of BJP leader Nupur Sharma over her comments against Prophet Mohammed and the subsequent hate crimes in places like Udaipur, the resolution also mentioned that those targeting religious icons must face the law. “Targeting any god/godesses/prophets in discussions/debates by anyone should be condemned and dealt with as per law,” it stated.

Doval said the whole country was affected when some with vested interests tried to divide Indians on the basis of faith and religion. “Our country is progressing today. Some people with vested interests try to divide the country. We all have to work together for harmony and peace and should have a common emotion to keep our country united,” he added.

The national security adviser said there was largely an atmosphere of conflict around the world and India’s progress will benefit people from all religions, but only if its people stayed united despite attempts by anti-social elements to divide them. “We will sail together and we will sink together,” Doval added.

Chishty said extremist and radical organisations, including the PFI, should be banned. Chisty, also the AISSC chairperson, said it was the need of the hour to rein in and ban radical organisations, be it any.

“…we condemn when an incident occurs. It’s time to do something. Need of the hour to rein in and ban radical organisations. Be it any radical organisation, including PFI, they should be banned if there is evidence against them…” he added.

Doval added: “Instead of being mute spectators, we have to work on the ground on our differences along with strengthening our voices. We’ve to make every sect of India feel that we are a country together, we are proud of it and that every religion can be professed with freedom here.”

After the conference, Chisty told the media, “An interfaith conference was conducted… slogans like ‘Sar Tan Se Juda’ is anti-Islamic. There’s a Taliban thought, it should be countered on the ground instead of in closed rooms… Be it PFI or other organisations, Indian government should ban them.”

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first published:July 30, 2022, 17:50 IST
last updated:July 30, 2022, 18:43 IST