Lucknow: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today breaks old tradition to attend the historic Ramlila celebrations in Lucknow where he launched a veiled attack on Pakistan, saying those who help and provide shelter to terrorists cannot be spared, but made no reference to the surgical strikes.
Making terrorism the centre point of his over 20-minute speech, he said terror was the worst enemy of humanity and called upon the world community to speak in one voice against the menace to put an end to it.
Modi said in an obvious reference to Pakistan without taking its name, “Terrorism does not have any boundaries. It is bound to destroy all…a need has arisen to root out those who spread terrorism. Those who help terrorists and provide shelter to them can no longer be spared.”
The Prime Minister said, “Terrorism is against humanity. The entire world is being destroyed…if you think that we are insulated against terrorism, and then we are wrong. It is a virus affecting our societies. All forces across the world have to talk in one voice and end it. It will not be possible to save humanity without eradicating terrorism.”
He said, “The forces of humanism should unite globally to end the menace.”
Modi became the first Prime Minister to attend a Ramlila event outside Delhi and his participation at the Aishbagh celebrations assumes significance in the context of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh early next year.
The theme of this year’s Dussehra here was ‘destruction of terrorism’. In the run up to the event today, there have been many references to the surgical strikes by characters enacting Ramlila.