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He was addressing a meeting on the role of Ulema in fostering interfaith peace and social harmony in India and Indonesia is being hosted by the India Islamic Cultural Centre.
"Much like in India, Islam in Indonesia was spread by traders from present-day Kerala and Gujarat and Sufis from Bengal and Kashmir. This peaceful spread led to the development of a syncretic culture, where not only pre-Islamic religions flourished side by side, but age-old traditions and lo
Religion should be a unifying tool, not a divisive instrument, said Prof. Dr. Mohammed Mahfud M.D., Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs of Indonesia on Tuesday at an event in India Islamic Cultural Centre.
"In a democracy, there is no place for hate speech, prejudice, propaganda, demonization, violence, conflict and misuse of religion for narrow ends," the NSA said.
National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Tuesday highlighted that cross-border terrorism and ISIS-inspired terrorism continue to pose a threat to humanity.
During his three-day visit, from November 26-28, the French minister will meet External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and the National Security Advisor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Ajit Doval.
On November 28, visiting Ulema from Indonesia will also be interacting with their Indian counterparts.