Yogyakarta, Indonesia: All religions are based on peace for mankind; it is a crime against god to use religion as a platform to incite hate, conflict, violence, war or terrorism, said Meghalaya CM Conrad K Sangma. He was speaking at the first Indonesia-India Interfaith Dialogue (IIID), as part of the Indian delegation led by minister of state for external affairs MJ Akbar, being held in the Indonesian island of Java, on Wednesday.
Sangma also expressed concern at the global trend towards insularity and felt that this could lead to greater social tensions and strife in the world.
The three-day event comprises of a forum discussion, visits to places of worship and dialogues between Hindu, Islamic, Christian and Buddhist religious leaders of both India and Indonesia.
Talking about the significance of the dialogue, Sangma said, “Indonesia-India Interfaith Dialogue has the potential to emerge as an effective forum to nurture peace and harmony not only in the two countries but also in the region and in the world.”
The dialogue aims to promote pluralism and eradicate radicalism, while providing a platform for Indonesian and Indian religious scholars, youth and civil society leaders to join hands to shun differences across religion and cultural lines.
Earlier this year, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s talks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, the two leaders had agreed to organise the Interfaith Dialogue in Indonesia, which will be followed by a similar dialogue in India next year.