National Security Advisor Ajit Doval today warned the nation to beware of forces conspiring to disrupt harmony and stir up unrest in the name of religion and ideology.
Mr Doval made the comments at an event organized by the All India Sufi Sajjadanashin Council in Delhi, which was attended by religious leaders to discuss and adopt a resolution for peace and unity. A resolution after the meeting called for the banning of organizations like the Popular Front of India or PFI “which pursue a divisive agenda”.
“Some elements are trying to create an atmosphere that is detrimental to India’s progress. They create acrimony and conflict in the name of religion and ideology that affects the whole country and spreads outside the country,” Mr Doval said.
The National Security Advisor’s warning comes two months after a now-suspended BJP spokesman, Nupur Sharma, made televised comments about Prophet Muhammad that led to condemnation by Gulf countries, followed by assurances from India that comments like those made not tolerate by “marginal elements”.
A Hindu tailor was then killed by two Muslim men on camera in Udaipur, Rajasthan. Ms Sharma’s comment also sparked clashes in some parts of the country.
In a statement following the event, organizers said: “…The nation is going through hard times as certain anti-social elements and groups seek to distort the image of India as a shining example of unity in diversity.”
Among the eight points of the meeting’s resolution released to the media, one of the points called for the Popular Front of India (PFI) to be banned. This resolution is significant because the National Security Advisor attended the event and the resolution is a joint booth in every respect.
“Organizations like the PFI (Popular Front of India) and all other such fronts that indulge in anti-national activities, pursue a divisive agenda and sow discord among our citizens must be banned and action taken against them in accordance with the laws of the country. At the same time, we strongly recommend that any person or entity found guilty of spreading hatred among communities must be acted upon in accordance with the law,” the resolution reads.
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