Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday stressed that dialogue and debate is the only solution to the number of global challenges varying from terrorism to climate change.
The Prime Minister said this in a video message for the second edition of f "Samvad"- Global Initiative on Conflict Avoidance and Environment Consciousness.
"As inter-connected and inter-dependent world of 21st century battles a number of global challenges, from terrorism to climate change; I am confident that the solutions will be found through Asia's oldest traditions of dialogue and debate," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.
He further said that Samvad (dialogue) is only way to cut through deep rooted religious stereotypes and prejudices that divide communities across world and 'sow seeds of conflict between nations.'
The Prime Minister said that he is a "product of the ancient Indian tradition that firmly believes in dialogue on difficult issues."
Giving examples from Indian mythology such as Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Lord Buddha and Bhakta Prahlada, the Prime Minister said that the purpose of each of their actions was to uphold Dharma, which has sustained Indians from ancient to modern times.
Further calling for 'harmonious environmental consciousness', the Prime Minister said every individual should nurture nature and should not exploit it.
"If man does not nurture nature then nature reacts in the form of climate change. Man must relate to nature, man must revere nature, not merely consider it a resource to be exploited," he said.
The second edition of conference, is being organised in Yangon today and tomorrow.
In September 2015, the Vivekananda Kendra had hosted the first edition of this conference in New Delhi.