"Terrorism is evil; there can be no good terrorists and bad terrorists. In the same way, extremism and violent extremism are always evil. There should be zero tolerance," India's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Bhagwant Bishnoi said at the UNSC debate on Thursday on 'Role of Youth in Countering Violent Extremism and Promoting Peace'.

He urged there is need to acknowledge that it is the absence of State authority or weak State authority that provides the breeding ground for violent extremist groups to operate.

"The fact that there are conditions of poverty and unemployment are secondary. In fact, these conditions are also a result of absence of strong State authority," he added.

He further said that religious fanaticism is responsible for violent extremism.

"It is the purveyors of hate and those who characterise others as infidels who are the culprits. Youth are only cannon fodder," he cited.

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