L-G calls for measures to counter de-radicalisation

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/21/2021 12:58:43 PM

JAMMU, Jan 20: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha today inaugurated Prominent Religious Leaders Conference on ‘De-radicalization' organized by JKNPF at Gurjar Desh Charitable Trust hall at Channi Himmat Jammu.
Speaking on the occasion, the Lt Governor called for comprehensive measures involving both de-radicalization & counter-radicalization strategy.
Terming modern education and holistic development as the only solution to all the problems, the Lt Governor laid special emphasis on adopting an integrated approach for de-radicalization and counter-radicalization through seamlessly involving three pillars- civil society including Muftis & community influencers, family and civil administration.
“Closely examining the radicalization process is the need of the hour, which I believe is fourth generation warfare. We should assess and develop resources, measures and mechanisms, required to counter such elements and extremist ideologies”, said the Lt Governor.
The Lt Governor urged community elders and influencers to use the technology to identify and monitor mischievous preachers for a broader mapping.
De-radicalization is the process by which an already radicalized person is brought back into mainstream of the society, while counter-radicalization is the process by which vulnerable persons are prevented from getting radicalized. We must check propagation of non-contextual as well selective messages from holy books. If anyone is treading a wrong path, it’s our responsibility to show him the right path, the Lt Governor maintained.
We have to develop the concept of winning the hearts and minds as future power will be built by those societies and the country, which control the minds and hearts of the people through equitable development of the society. We must focus on a comprehensive measures involving community, family and much required stress on positive messages, introducing books on prominent Muslim figures like Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Maqbool Sherwani, Salim Ali etc, besides chapters on peace and harmony in schools and madrasas, said the Lt Governor.
He further said, “This program has been organized in view of national integrity, to bring collective energies of the citizens together, to self-introspect and to take citizens in the right direction, and I appreciate this effort.”
Mentioning the teachings of Sufi Saint Mohammad Syed, the Lt Governor said that J&K has been home to values of equality and fraternity, cultural relations, communal harmony and sufi traditions.
He further said that different religious leaders have also spread the message of unity, tolerance and community activities. But there are some disgruntled elements also who have sown the seeds of hatred to divide the people. I hope that the religious leaders here will show the right path to elements spreading hate and to the disoriented people, the Lt Governor said.
The initiative of the religious leaders through this religious meet will strengthen the secular character of brotherhood, and will also bring the misguided people who have walked away from the path of harmony and brotherhood, back into mainstream, observed the Lt Governor.
There is no other nation in the world where even after so much diversity, so many cultures live together harmoniously with love, he added.
For a stable livelihood for youngsters, the J&K Government has started a “Mumkin” program through which they are provided small commercial vehicles with zero margin money. Apart from this, under the Himayat programme and Mission youth, skill training for employment is also given to the youth. Platforms and facilities have also been made available for promoting Sports and cultural activities among youth, he observed.
The Government is working on the principles of equitable and holistic development. For the welfare of Kashmiri Pandit community, we are working on 6000 thousand houses and 6000 jobs for them and this process will be completed soon, the Lt Governor maintained.
Several prominent religious leaders, people from various communities, social activists, and Youth leaders joined the conference. Sanjay Kumar, a Social Activist and Program Director (J&K) of Art of Living was the Guest of honour.



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