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Sustained democracy in India has kept Muslims away from Islamist violence: Akbar

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Sustained democracy over the last seven decades is the reason behind Indian Muslims not falling to the "temptations" of Islamist violence, Union M J Akbar said today.

The ideas of democracy, gender equality, gender empowerment and economic equity, are going to be the substantial answers to the ideology of terrorism, the of State for External Affairs said.

"Today, the reason why Indian Muslims are not falling victim to the temptation of Islamist violence is because, and I hope I am not wrong in saying, that Indian Muslims are the only Muslims in the world who have enjoyed seven decades of sustained democracy," Akbar said.

He was delivering a keynote address at a seminar on 'Tackling Insurgent Ideologies' organised by the here.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 20:35 IST