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Das Kadam: Modi proposes ten steps for united action against terrorism

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday made a strong pitch for united action against terrorism and extremism by countries, including among BRICS, without discriminating between groups, or countries, sponsors or targeted nations. He also proposed a slew of steps, including a film festival and football, to boost cooperation among the BRICS members.

Modi, addressing the BRICS plenary session, said peace and stability were the bulwarks of progress and prosperity and it was the responsibility of countries to unitedly combat terrorism and extremism.

“We should unitedly combat terrorism and extremism, without any discrimination between groups, or countries, sponsors or targeted countries,” Modi said at the plenary, attended by the leaders of the other four partners – Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff and South Africa’s Jacob Zuma.

His remarks came a day after he raised with China’s Xi India’s concerns over Beijing blocking New Delhi’s move for action in the UN against Pakistan over the release of 26/11 mastermind and LeT terrorist Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.

“We must do this in BRICS as well as UN Security Council and in other groups of nations,” Modi said in his address in Hindi.

Modi also said all major countries should take decisions based on consensus, collaboration and cooperation and that international rules and norms should be upheld.

Modi also proposed 10 steps – “Das Kadam” – for the future of BRICS.

These include a BRICS trade fair, a railway research centre, cooperation among supreme audit institutions, a digital initiative, an agricultural research centre, a forum of state/local governments among the BRICS nations, cooperation among cities in the field of urbanisation, a sports council and an annual sports meet, the first major project of New Development Bank to be in the field of clean energy and a film festival.

Modi, in his address to the BRICS Business Council and the plenary, proposed India could host the inaugural trade fair next year as well as the football event.

India will host the summit in 2016.

He also proposed a BRICS film festival and film awards, which he said would give a boost to film making and people-to-people contact.

He said the Economic Cooperation Strategy, which includes a number of social initiatives, was a milestone in BRICS 2015 evolution.

He also pointed to the urgent need for UN Security Council reforms.

“Whatever is the nature of challenge – political, social, and economic – we will be more effective in addressing them if we complete the reforms of the UN, especially its Security Council, within a fixed time frame. These reforms are urgently required, if the global institution is to retain its role and relevance in the 21st century,” he said.

Modi also thanked the grouping for making the International Yoga Day on June 21 a success.

“BRICS can be a pillar of hope in a world facing many challenges, its initiatives are not just for itself but for the world,” he said.

Addressing the BRICS Business Council earlier, Modi also took a swipe at “unilateral sanctions” which he said were hurting the global economy.

His comment was seen as a swipe at the West for its sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

Sujata Mehta, secretary (MER) in the external affairs ministry, said it was “India’s position that sanctions of any nature should be approved by the UNSC, and those that are not are not sanctions that we adhere to or accept”.

Modi later held bilateral meetings with Rousseff and Zuma. He had met Putin and Xi on Wednesday. On Thursday morning, Modi held a bilateral meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Nanking Massacre’s haunting still afresh, even after 80 years

It was the second Sino-Japanese War, which started in 1937 and resulted in a large number of deaths at the hands of the Japanese army.

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Nanking Massacre is considered a blot on the Japanese army. Wikimedia commons

NEW DELHI: On December 13, Chinese marked the 80th anniversary of the Nanking massacre. This day is considered as a very unfortunate knot between the relationship of Japan and China.

The event was attended by the Chinese President Xi Jinping in Nanking city. It was the second time that Chinese president attended the event, since first national memorial day for the massacre in 2014. But surprisingly, Jinping didn’t deliver any speech.

Generally, Jinping leaves no chance to address his people on such occasions. But this time, he refrained himself from making any comment. This act may be due to the ongoing cordial relationship between China and Japan, which maybe get into turmoil due to any political
statement.

The Japanese supreme, Shinzo Abe, and Xi Jinping met last month on the sidelines of a regional summit in Vietnam. Both of them greeted each other well and looked comfortable exchanging a few words.

It was the second Sino-Japanese War, which started in 1937 and resulted in a large number of deaths at the hands of the Japanese army. The people involved in the massacre included Chinese war prisoners and civilians.

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Chinese war prisoners and civilians felt the burnt of massacre

The Japanese impounded the Nanking city on December 13. 1937 and the rest is history. The atrocities of the Japanese army, accompanied by brutal methods led to large-scale uncalled death.

As far as the death toll of the Nanking Massacre incident is concerned, both the nations share a different point of views. Chinese historians claim the figure of more than three lakhs. Meanwhile, Japan counts the number ranging from few thousands to around two lakhs. But some conservative Japanese scholars even deny the very act of massacre even.

With the agenda of peace and regional balance in mind, both the nation will try to bury the past ghost of Nanking city in the coming years. Such incidents are really very hard to fade away from the memories of people of any nation.

To aim for the global presence, China will definitely try to mend its relations with its neighbors and by digging into such historical events will not help towards it.

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