MATHURA (UP), Sept 11 - Invoking the 9/11 attack on America this day 18 years ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the roots of terrorism are being nourished in India�s neighbourhood and asserted that New Delhi is fully competent to meet the challenge.
�Today terrorism has become an ideology which has transgressed every border. It is a global problem and has become a global threat, whose strong roots are getting nourished in our neighbourhood,� Modi said in an apparent reference to Pakistan.
He said the entire world needs to take a pledge against this ideology, against those who are taking it forward and those giving shelter and training to terrorists. �There is need for strong action,� he said, adding, �India is fully competent to face the challenge. We have shown this and will also show it in future.�
He was addressing a gathering here after the launch of the National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP) for eradicating foot and mouth disease and brucellosis in livestock.
Modi said his government�s effort to strengthen anti-terror laws is a step forward in this direction.
Remembering the 9/11 attack, he said, September 11 is also a special day for another reason, as it was on this day a century back when Swami Vivekananda delivered his historic address in Chicago.
�Through that speech, the entire world thoroughly understood the culture and tradition of India. But it is unfortunate that on that very September 11, the 9/11 terrorist attack took place in the US, and it shook the entire world.� He said people need to unite whether the problem is sickness, pollution or terror. � PTI