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Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), July 12 (IANS): India and Kyrgyzstan on Sunday inked four agreements, including in defense cooperation and between their election commissions, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with President Almazbek Atambayev.

Visiting Bishkek, the penultimate stop of his tour of Central Asian countries, Modi in his media statement said his visit to all five countries in the region “demonstrates the importance that we attach to a new level of relationship with Central Asia. Kyrgyzstan is a key part of that vision”.

Modi said resource-rich Central Asia has an important place in India’s future and both sides seek a peaceful and secure neighborhood and have a shared interest in combating extremism and terrorism.

The agreement on defense cooperation was in matters relating to defense, security, military education and training, conduct of joint military exercises, exchange of experience, and information, exchange of military instructors and observers.

Modi said their defense ties were strong and the agreement would help to broaden their defense cooperation.

The Special Forces of the armed forces of the two countries held joint exercise “Khanjar 2015” in Kyrgyzstan in March, “which reflected continuity in exercises held in India in 2011. It was decided to hold joint exercises on an annual basis”, said the joint statement.

The Kyrgyz side expressed its appreciation to India for “training Kyrgyz military officers for conducting various UN Peacekeeping Courses, including by the Centre for UN Peacekeeping in New Delhi”, the statement said.

Modi said the IT Centre in the Kyrgyz Military Academy “is an example of innovative cooperation that is important to both countries” and the new agreement would provide a framework to broaden engagement.

Modi expressed happiness at the cooperation agreement between the election commissions, and said he looked forward to the visit of a Kyrgyz parliamentary delegation to India.

The other two agreements were a MoU between Kyrgyzstan’s economy ministry and the Bureau of Indian Standards on cooperation in the field of standards, and an agreement on cooperation in culture.

Modi said both sides discussed at length about boosting trade, investment, tourism, culture, and human resource development and added that the connectivity initiative between India and Central Asia will further boost economic ties.

Modi also thanked Kyrgyzstan for its support to India’s candidature for a permanent United Nations Security Council seat.

In the joint statement, India reaffirmed support of the candidacy of the Kyrgyz Republic for the UN Human Rights Council for 2016-2018.

Both sides expressed “grave concern at the rising trend of extremism, radicalism, and terrorism in the region and whole world” and India “highly appreciated the steps taken by the Kyrgyz government in counteracting terrorism and in retaining the secular character of Kyrgyz society”.

The two sides agreed to expeditiously consider signing an agreement on “combating international terrorism and other crimes”, the statement said.

They also agreed to boost economic, trade, and investment linkages which were below potential.

Modi also congratulated Atambaev on Kyrgyzstan’s joining the Russia-led Eurasia Economic Union and both Sides agreed to work together for early conclusion of a Free Trade Agreement between the Eurasia Economic Union and India, said the joint statement.

Modi said both sides would hold a roundtable in Bishkek in the field of agriculture to explore possible avenues for cooperation and identify concrete projects.

India has offered to share its experience in agro-processing, greenhouse technology, water conservation, and agricultural research with Kyrgyzstan.

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The joint statement also expressed satisfaction over “growing links in the health sector, including regular visits by doctors from super-specialty hospitals in India to Kyrgyzstan, visits of patients from Kyrgyzstan to India for medical treatment, complex surgery at affordable cost and international standards, and the gifting of a computed tomography machine to the National Center for Cardiology and Internal Medicine (NCCIM) by the government of India in September 2014”.

It also welcomed the launch of a project to establish tele-medicine links between highly specialized hospitals of India and six medical establishments of Kyrgyzstan.

At the lunch banquet, Atambayev said “India has a calling to become a great economic power like the US and China”.

Modi later met Kyrgyz parliament Speaker Asylbek Jeenbekov and also held talks with Prime Minister Temir Sariyev.

During his meeting with Sariyev, Modi gifted a medical equipment to Kyrgyzstan’s Level II Field Hospital.

He also visited the Kyrgyz-India Mountain Biomedical Research Centre.

Modi gifted the president a hand-knotted carpet of very fine grade wool blended with silk.

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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