New Delhi: India, reacting to the news of US exploring a civil nuclear deal with Pakistan, said on Thursday that Islamabad’s track record on proliferation should be taken into account before making any such move.
Answering queries on the issue, external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said India has seen such reports and these have not appeared for the first time.
“All I would say is whosoever is examining that particular dossier should be well aware of Pakistan’s track record in the area of proliferation,” Swarup said.
He claimed that India got the civil nuclear deal on the basis of its own impeccable non-proliferation track record.
That is the reason the US gave us the 123 agreement in 2005 and that is why India got an NSG waiver in 2008. Pakistan’s track record is completely different, Swarup said.
There have been concerns in the West about nuclear proliferation activities linked to Pakistani scientist AQ Khan.
Reports said the Barack Obama administration was considering a civilian nuclear deal with Pakistan ahead of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Washington later this month.
Asked about India proposing a National Security Adviser (NSA)-level meeting between Indian and Pakistan on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meetings last month and the idea being abandoned due to Islamabad’s insistence on meeting of the two foreign ministers, Swarup said there was an issue of sequencing.
He said India was committed to the understanding reached between India and Pakistan in the Russian city of Ufa in July.
He said the Ufa understanding was very clear that two NSAs have to meet to discuss all issues connected to terrorism and the DGMOs and chiefs of border guarding forces have to meet to sort out issues related to firing on border.
“We have told that we are ready for a NSA-level dialogue. Last time Pakistan walked out of it. But we remain committed to Ufa understanding that if Pakistan is willing to have a dialogue of two NSAs on all issues connected to terrorism, we are all for it,” Swarup said. He said the foreign ministers meeting was not part of the agenda agreed in Ufa.
Incidentally, Hindi is a very powerful language, if we go deeper. This language is so self-sufficient that it is one of the direct descendants of Sanskrit, the oldest and the perfect language in the world
Sri Ganga Prasad faced criticism for giving his speech in his native language
This makes one question if English is becoming dominant in India
Sri Ganga Prasad faced a barrage of criticism when he delivered his maiden speech in the National language in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. Even one of the legislators abruptly walked out of the assembly hall while the Governor was digression the session. Thus, the Governor was intensely scoffed at and humiliated through the social media and other news media.
Well, everyone has their right to disagree and criticize. Of course, we do not disagree that the majority of people in Meghalaya are not fluent in Hindi. This is not a big deal. But disrespecting the language could be.
This news also made many of my facebook friends abroad pretty curious. One very learned scholar – Avital Markel from New York speaks out her mind with a dose of humor: ‘why is there so much noise when your governor delivered the speech in the language which is originally from India itself? I know another popular name of this country as Hindustan, not “Englistan”, I believe.’ Another Yoga teacher from Las Vegas — JM Palmer remarks — ‘it’s ridiculous that people can disrespect their own language. I can easily pronounce a good many Sanskrit terms. I personally have tremendous respect for India’s Sanskrit and other languages because they are the languages of Yoga and wisdom of spiritual dimension’. Mr. Palmer is a spiritual seeker who regularly visits India.
I think both Avital and Palmer views resonate with what the citizens of other countries feel. At least with those who have not been insanely fascinated by the English language like some Indians do. It’s much observed in the country that one without English speaking skills is obviously looked down upon. The ‘inferiority complex’ vis-a-vis the West and its external trappings often hold many Indians back in asserting that they are Indians. This syndrome is getting more pronounced among the certain class of intellectuals and the snobbish folks. This has already taken a very ugly shape. The trait of sedition is quite noticeable amount the certain class of citizens.
Anyway, if we have regularly tolerated the bunches of fraudsters, rapists, and murderers in the parliaments and state assemblies in the country, why could we survive a speech of few minutes in Hindi and so on?
On the contrary, the citizens of very developed nations such as China, Russia, Germany, Portugal, France will never lose their calm when their leaders speak in the native languages. Actually, they all speak their own languages. The imperialist British till the date has literally failed to cast its spell on them. The citizens of those self-reliant countries rather swell their chests and claim their superiority and what they are due for.
If I am not mistaken Hindi is still recognized as the national language of the country. So, even if we are unable to learn the language, it would do jolly good if we do not disrespect it at all. Here it will be quite relevant to cite a case of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech at United Nations General Assembly. I believe, nobody walked out of that international summit on 27th Sept 2014 when the Prime Minister delivered his speech in Hindi. Thank God, we didn’t have any leaders from Meghalaya who might have cringed with embarrassment and walked out! That particular speech by PM Modi in UN was so applauded that it subsequently served to motivate the member countries across the world to vote in favor of declaring a Yoga International Day for 21st June.
Incidentally, Hindi is a very powerful language, if we go deeper. This language is so self-sufficient that it is one of the direct descendants of Sanskrit, the oldest and the perfect language in the world. On the robust ground of India’s Sanskrit the Modern linguistic stands. Kudos to those unprejudiced and rational intellectuals such as Sir William Jones, Johann Goethe, F. Schiller, Franz Bopp, F. Schlegel, Ferdinand de Saussure, Leonard Bloomfield, Noam Chomsky who discovered the incredible literary gems in the languages of India.
Finally, for those who sniff at the languages of Indian origin and the wisdom and culture associated with them, I would like to share just one opinion by their much celebrated English master. Here exclaimed the American British Nobel laureate TS Eliot: “Two years spent in the study of Sanskrit under Charles Lanman, and a year in the mazes of Patanjali’s metaphysics under the guidance of James Woods, left me in a state of enlightened mystification.” I think we should not walk out of the “truth”. India has for ages been enriching the intellectual treasure troves of the West. But, what is a huge paradox is that our Indians are either not aware of it all or they do not want to acknowledge it.