Bhopal:December 10 : Justice Shri Shivraj Patil has stressed the need for stringent laws to be enacted by the government to deal with the menace of terrorism. The media should also exercise restraint, alertness and adopt positive attitude while telecasting or printing news about terrorism. These incident should not be telecast in such a manner that terrorists can take advantage of it. Shri Patil expressed these views while addressing a symposium on topic ‘Terrorism versus humanitarianism’ here today. Famous Gandhian Justice Shri Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari was the main speaker on the occasion. The function was presided over by Chairperson of Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission Shri D.M. Dharmadhikari. The symposium was also addressed by Commissioner Public Relations Shri Manoj Shrivastava, educationist Smt. Shashi Rai, D.I.G. Sushri Anuradha Shankar, Shri Santosh Tiwari and Shri Akhtar Hussain. Commission’s member Justice Shri Narayan Singh Azad was also especially present. On the occasion the special guests released the fourth issue of tri-monthly magazine of the year 2008.
Shri Shivraj Patil said that coordinated cooperation between alert citizens, dedicated voluntary organisations, active judiciary, honest and dedicated law enforcing agencies and purposeful media for an effective and early control over terrorists’ activities. Shri Patil observed that the citizens of both India and Pakistan are the victims of terrorism. Therefore, the governments of both the countries should launch a joint campaign for destroying terrorist camps and nab the terrorists by taking people of both the countries into confidence. He pointed out that after 9/11, no terrorist attack has taken place in United States and suggested that the Union and state governments should take cue from this and made the security arrangements and intelligence network foolproof to thwart terrorists’ designs.
Main speaker Justice Shri Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari said that humanitarianism can be strengthened through propagation of spiritualism. He lamented that negative aspect in people’s lifestyle is increasing. He said that Laski had said that maximum violent incidents in the world take place in the name of religion since people fail to understand their respective religions properly. He said that people have become too individualistic in big cities to such an extent that a resident does not know anything about the neighbour living next door. He said that terrorism strikes hard at the society, which does not learn humanitarianism. He stressed the need for inculcating the spirit of humanitarianism, mutual harmony and imbibing traditional values in life.
Chairperson of Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission Justice Shri D.K. Dharmadhikari said that an anti-terrorism sentiments now prevails in the society. We will have to overcome this senseless mayhem and carnage as per our country’s traditions and deal the situation with understanding and sensitiveness since terrorism cannot be the answer to terrorism. Shri Dharmadhikari said that we will have to evolve a method to counter terrorism without disturbing the fabric of unity and integrity of our country.
Commissioner Public Relations Shri Manoj Shrivastava said that our neighbouring country knows fully well that it is win any battle against India. Therefore, that country is resorting to proxy war through terrorists for the last two decades. He said that terrorists are distorting the meaning of Jihad for their own nefarious acts. He said that killing innocent people in any country or region is not a Jihad. He observed that terrorists are utterly misguided. He said that terrorist take advantage of our legal judicial system. Therefore, we will have to devise new ways to deal with terrorists.
Those who also put forth their views on the occasion included D.I.G. Sushri Anuradha Shankar, educationist Smt. Shashi Rai, Shri Santosh Tiwari and Shri Akhtar Hussain.
The function was conducted by commission’s Deputy Secretary Shri Vijay Chandra. At the outset commission’s I.G. Shri Sushovan Banerji threw light on the objectives of the sympsium. Those present on the occasion included commission’s registrar Shri D.K. Puranik, students and lecturers of N.L.I.U., distinguished citizens and representatives of media in large number.