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No link between religion, terrorism: seminar participants

No link between religion, terrorism: seminar participants

New Delhi : Speakers from across the socio-political spectrum participating in a conference on "Islam and Terrorism" Saturday opined that terrorism cannot be linked to any religion and many of them attributed the rise of the phenomenon to "western imperial interests". Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Jaswant Singh of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said terrorism has developed among certain sections "to combat the US' 'dadagiri' (highhandedness)", but cautioned that "we don't have to harm anyone" in this fight. Added Tarlochan Singh, another BJP MP and former chairman of the National Minority Commission: "suppression and oppression of the youth is behind terrorism… it is the media which says 'a Sikh terrorist'. I never say a Muslim terrorist. I am very clear that no qaum (comunity) encourages terrorism. But certain groups are behind it."

Denial is a wonderful thing.


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