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Modi discusses combatting radicalisation with leaders of Egypt, Jordan, Sweden

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed different measures of combatting radicalisation with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in separate meetings on Friday.

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Photo credit: economictimes.indiatimes.com

In talks with the three leaders, the threat from ISIS and other radical groups came up, according to external affairs ministry Spokesman Vikas Swarup. They talked about ways to counter radicalisation in this context.

Modi met Abdullah at Hotel Mandarin, where he was staying – so far the only trip Modi has taken out of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel to specifically visit a leader at his lodging.

The king said that the ISIS posed a major threat to the world, according to Swarup. To counter radicalisation, Modi told him, terrorism must be delinked from religion. He also advocated for the Comprehensive Convention Against Terrorism, which has been languishing due to opposition from certain countries over the definition of terrorists.

Abdullah backed Security Council reforms and supported India’s bid for a permanent seat.

Besides how to counter radicalisation and terror, Modi and el-Sisi discussed economic issues. The New Suez Canal that was recently opened offered India investment opportunities, Modi was told during the bilateral meeting at the UN.

Lofven, who came to Waldorf Astoria to meet Modi, discussed with him the threat from the ISIS and radicalisation.

Modi invited Sweden to participate in his ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skills India’ initiatives. Among areas that the two countries can cooperate, Modi mentioned railways for which he has ambitious expansion plans.

On Security Council reform, Modi received reaffirmation of Swedish support for a permanent seat.

While at the UN, Modi met Kenny Anthony, the prime minister of St Lucia, a small Caribbean island nation of 173,000 people. Anthony told Modi that he appreciated the importance he gave to small countries like his. India has been actively pursuing diplomatic and developmental efforts with Small Island Developing States group, which has 52 members, including St. Lucia.

The deep ties between India and Cyprus that go back to the early days of the Non-Aligned Movement were recalled during Modi’s meeting with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades at the Waldorf Astoria. Both Anastasiades and Modi expressed appreciation for the way each of the two nations had stood by the other over the years.

Anastasiades said the two countries could cooperate in high-tech areas and in shipping.

Since Cyprus is in the European Union, Modi talked about expanding ties with the bloc, but also mentioned some of the trade problems India had with the EU. One of them was the EU holding up 700 drugs based on the report of one inspector.

Anastasiades also said he supported India’s bid for permanent membership in the Security Council.

With inputs from IANS

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Glory to PM Modi and Country Angers Certain Forces

A few months back, the UN as well has crowned him with the Champions of the Earth, the highest environmental honor

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A few months back, the UN as well has crowned him with the Champions of the Earth, the highest environmental honor.

By: Salil Gewali

Many will not disagree that the PM Modi is fairly unpopular among a certain popular elite within the country. However, he has earned an immeasurable number of admirers outside the country. The fact why he is an eyesore for certain groups of people and celebrities while they are bowled over and ever supportive of specific dull-witted and inexperienced leaders is something very weird and contrasting. This phenomenon defies the long-held assumption that “education” makes one rational and free from the psychological shortfall. Nevertheless, PM Modi is least bothered what his smart detractors think and do against him.  He hardly wishes evil upon anyone. He has multiple of reasons to stay buoyed and cheery. The flood of praises coming from outside the country has always swelled PM Modi’s chest. Therefore, even in the foreign soil he goes, without a hitch, shouting at full throttle —‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.  

Truly, it’s totally wrong to ignore many achievements associated with PM Modi. Yes, he has been chosen to be honored with the highest civilian award – Order of Zayed by the UAE government.  Not just that, the countries like Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Palestine also have come forward to honor the Indian PM with their respective highest awards. A few months back, the UN as well has crowned him with the Champions of the Earth, the highest environmental honor. His unfaltering dedication and devotion to execute formulated policies and planes have yielded positive results, though some section of powerful people try to undermine and demean them all.

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Modi government has been able to pull off many thorny external affairs and issues too quickly.

What is most attractive in PM Modi is that he is smartly clever to strike the personal kinship with any individual foreign leaders and diplomats. Yes, due to his personal touch and warmth, the Modi government has been able to pull off many thorny external affairs and issues too quickly. Of course, this is doubtlessly praiseworthy. Yes, good truths should be not suppressed and falsehood should not be exaggerated.

However, a very strange vibe is noticed in the country. It is nothing but an unenthusiastic silence maintained by the popular media when Modi receives some accolades and appreciation. Many choose not to mention it at all, not even as news-item. This all makes everything all the more conspicuous. Well, this, in fact, only prompts the swarm of netizens to be more active in social media, their battlefields. They are seen furiously vocal. The ranting, raving, and name-calling against the backdrop of the importance given to a certain class of leaders make the situation less pleasant and logical. Not just that people in the social media are quick to throw up contrasting examples citing how media goes gaga over a “less intelligent lot” while keeping deafening silence over things that bring glory and fame to the nation. This is doubtlessly a bizarre development. This way the detractors or opponents always run the risk of losing their own integrity.

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A business done by sacrificing integrity ends up in disaster. Opposition to ideas and political parties is always welcome, which is democratic, but the biased attitude against the “truth” and positivity can only dilute the sanctity of the enterprise and professionalism. As concerned citizens, should we not first want that the light of glory and joy dispel the gloom of darkness and despair in the country? Let’s not waste our precious life by struggling to call the untruth as truth and vice versa. This exercise only contributes to polluting our mindset and the country becomes less peaceful and more vulnerable.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great Minds on India’.

Twitter:  @SGewali