Talks also centred on the fight against Islamic fundamentalism. Both the Indian and UAE governments condemned the actions of some states that use religion to support and justify violence and terrorism.
However, for Dr Raghuvanshi, India is not immune from religious fundamentalism, which lurks even among members of Modi’s party. "It is essential,” he said, “to break the cycle of poverty and the culture of silence in order to build lasting peace in India and the Middle East, and achieve a society based on justice. This requires confronting the violence of fundamentalist forces.”
“Modi has the right to express his faith,” the PVCHR president said, “but as prime minister of India on an official visit he should have insisted on secular democratic principles rather than promote his religion.