Press Statement issued by Former BJP President, Shri Nitin Gadkari

Press Statement issued by Former BJP President, Shri Nitin Gadkari

 

The recent issue of the TIME magazine features an article titled "The Face of Buddhist Terror" and the story introduction goes on to state"It's a faith famous for its pacifism and tolerance. But in several of Asia's Buddhist-majority nations, monks are inciting bigotry and violence —mostly against Muslims"

Religion and practice of one's faith is a personal journey and an extremely sensitive subject. Unfortunately, there are misguided elements in every order and religion who may incite acts of violence against fellow human beings. Such acts go against the very tenets of the faith as well as of humanity. Therefore, any such act by an individual or group of persons should not be construed to represent the core philosophy of any religion or order.

It is in this context that I feel the current issue of TIME Magazine and its article titled "The Face of Buddhist Terror" runs several risks of mis interpretation and hence I condemn the title in strongest possible words.  Lest the article in question in itself become a tool to incite further violence or protests between the followers of two major religions of the world, I strongly recommend that the said issue is withdrawn forthwith. 
TIME magazine or any other journal is within its rights to report on any issue of concern to the public. Yet at the same time, one cannot ignore the danger of this article being misconstrued and used as a weapon to tarnish a particular faith. This may also lead to hurting the sensibilities of the peace loving Buddhists brethren.

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