Shashi Tharoor: ‘Literature can bring down violence’

Inaugurating the second edition of the Odisha Literary Festival, organised by The New Indian Express, Union Minster Shashi Tharoor said ignorance and prejudice remain the handmaidens of violence.

“It is true of terrorism as it is of modern civil conflicts that men of war prey on the ignorance of the populace to instill fear and arouse hatred,” Tharoor said, adding in Bosnia and Rwanda, murderous, even genocidal ideologies took root in the absence of truthful information and honest education.

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