In a maverick move, Modi reiterated what he said in a TV live interview,"People of all communities in India are driven by a core philosophy. That is symbolised by Buddha, Mahatma Gandhi. Non-violence is at the core of our philosophy, all the terrorism in our country is exported and not home-grown. In a recent interview, I told the CNN, the Indian Muslim will defeat the Al Qaeda's designs."
In a question at the Council of Foreign Relations in New York on the influence of terror groups like the Islamic State and the ISIS in India's neighbourhood, Modi further said,"Terrorism is an unimaginable perversion. Can you imagine a journalist being beheaded and it is being shown on television. We live in 21st century, and it's a challenge for us. It's a big challenge for us which can shake us to the core."
Calling for global peace, Modi regretted the fact that many countries had not understood the meaning of terrorism. He said,"There is a need to take the challenge of terrorism seriously. Terrorism can strike anywhere, anytime... it is an enemy of humanity. It cannot be tackled on the basis of political arithmetic."