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Nagpur: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday said there is an atmosphere of hope and enthusiasm in the country after Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed office and that “unity in diversity in India’s strength”.

Addressing the customary 90th Vijaya Dashami, or Dassehra rally at Reshimbaugh Maidan here on Thursday morning, Bhagwat lavished praise on the NDA government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi by which the country’s “esteem in the world has gone up manifold, many pro-active steps taken to improve bilateral relations with the neighbouring countries with successful results”.

“It seems the world is being introduced to a new modern Bharat (India), which is full of self-respect and self-confidence; India is reincarnating itself into an altogether new manifestation and the world is enchanted to see her new avatar with utmost optimism,” Bhagwat said.

However, he urged that all these positive vibes reach the last person in the row by turning it into an actual experience with a real positive change in his life, reinforcing his trust in the bright future of his country and his own life.

In this context, he said efforts of the Niti Ayog is in the right direction, though it would take time for metamorphosis and patience for the fructification.

He commended the policies of Mudra Bank, Jan Dhan Yojana, voluntary surrender of cooking gas subsidy, Swachh Bharat initiative and Skill Development as useful intiaitives in the developmental process.

Bhagwat expressed concerns over the country’s population policy and sought a debate on whether it is a boon or a bane, where the the current systems and resources would be adequate to provide employment and basic amenities to the masses after 50 years, or the manpower required to run the country’s systems effectively.

Without mentioning any particular community, he said the last two Census reports brought fore population ‘imbalances’ which impact our present and future.

“We need to rise above vote-bank politics to formulate a holistic approach, equally applicable to all citizens, towards the population policy. It cannot be enforced by laws or government, but require efforts to tune the society’s psyche to it,” Bhagwat said.

To achieve this, the RSS chief called for “a respectful dialogue, to bring about a change in the natural instincts, behavioural pattern, customary religious practices and cultural traditions in accordance with current times”.

However, he said the change should come from within, it should not be guided by cheap popularity or political incentives as it could ultimately affect social cohesion and harmony to the detriment of the nation.

For achieving this positive change, Bhagwat underlined the role of education – including ethical education – parents, society and media – which should be regulated while conserving their freedom to ensure that no ill-effect, knowingly or unknowingly prevails in society.

Commenting on Pakistan hostilities, expansionism from China, rising fundamentalism and chauvinism in the world order, unfair international diplomacy resulting in growth of terror outfits like ISIS add to the already complicated, serious domestic and external security and the government must deal with it firmly, he urged.

Bhagwat pointed out that for prosperity and security, the government, administration and people must be on the same page and “Hindutva could act as the common chord” in this context.

He listed several coincidences of Thursday’s rally – where eminent scientist V.K. Saraswat was the chief guest – including RSS 90th anniversary, 125th birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the end of 125th year celebrations of RSS founder K.B. Hedgewar, birth centenary of RSS ideologue and ex-chief Balasaheb Deoras, the start of birth centenary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, the 1,000th year of coronation of King Raj Rajeshwar Rajendra Chola, 1,000th birth anniversary of Kashmiri philosopher Acharya Abhinav Gupt and the 5151th anniversary of the Hindu holy book, the Bhagvad Gita.

(IANS)

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Saudi, India Admit of Putting Pressure on Countries Supporting Terrorism

Prince Mohammad said the relations between two countries were "older than history" and these were "in blood".

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi at the signing of agreements between India and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on April 03, 2016. Wikipedia

Against the backdrop of the Pulwama terror attack, India and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday said there was a need to exert “all possible pressure” on countries which extend any kind of support to terror activities as they agreed for biennial summit meetings and formation of the Strategic Partnership Council.

However, at the joint interaction with the media after delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, there was no reference to Pakistan by either leader.

The Prince had just made a two-day visit to Pakistan that ended on Tuesday.

Modi said that the “barbaric terror attack” in Pulwama was another manifestation of the danger posed by terrorism to humanity.

“We agree that to deal with it effectively, there is need to put all possible pressure on countries which are giving any kind of support to terrorism,” Modi said.

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Modi said that the “barbaric terror attack” in Pulwama was another manifestation of the danger posed by terrorism to humanity. VOA

He said it was extremely necessary to destroy terror infrastructure and to punish terrorists and their supporters.

Modi said there was need for an action plan to deal with extremism so that the youths were not misguided by forces linked to terror and violence.

“I am happy that Saudi Arabia and India have common thoughts on this,” he said.

Prince Salman, in his remarks, said that extremism and terrorism were common concerns of the two countries and Saudi Arabia will fully cooperate with India.

“As far as the issue of extremism and terrorism, these are our common concerns. We want to tell India that we are ready to cooperate with you in every way, whether it is intelligence sharing.. Not only India but we will work with all the countries in the neighbourhood so that the future of the coming generations is secured,” he said.

Prince Mohammed said India offers investment opportunities of over $100 billon and his country will work to make investments beneficial for both countries.

He said the relations between two countries were “older than history” and these were “in blood”.

Modi said Saudi Arabia was among the most important strategic partners of India in the 21st century.

“It is in our extended neighbourhood, is a close friend and an important source of India’s energy needs. I am happy that in accordance with your suggestion, we have agreed for biennial summit meetings and Strategic Partnership Council. This will strengthen our ties,” he said.

 

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“We agree that to deal with it effectively, there is need to put all possible pressure on countries which are giving any kind of support to terrorism,” Modi said. Wikimedia

Modi said the two leaders discussed all aspects of the bilateral relationship and decided to take it to new heights. “We agreed to create a structure to facilitate institutional investment from Saudi Arabia. I welcome Saudi Arabia’s investment in infrastructure.”

He said time has come to turn energy relations to a strategic partnership and noted that Saudi Arabia’s participation in world’s largest refinery and strategic petroleum reserve will take their energy relationship beyond that of buyer and seller.

Modi said that the two countries have a common interest in ensuring peace and stability in West Asia and the Gulf.

“Today in our talks, there was agreement on accelerating mutual cooperation and partnership in this area,” he said.

The two countries also agreed that strong relations in counter-terrorism, ocean and cyber security will be mutually beneficial, he said.

He said the two countries have also decided to increase and expand their defence cooperation in the context of their strategic environment.

Modi said that e-visa facility for Saudi nationals is being expanded to boost trade and tourism and thanked Prince Salman for the increase in Haj quota for Indians.

He welcomed Saudi Arabia’s participation in International Solar Alliance.

“Peaceful use of nuclear energy, specially for water desalination and health will be another aspect of our cooperation,” he said.

 

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Modi said Saudi Arabia was among the most important strategic partners of India in the 21st century. Pixabay

He said presence of 2.7 million Indians in Saudi Arabia is an important link in bilateral ties. “You have always kept their welfare in mind and for this, their gratitude and good wishes are with you,” Modi said.

Earlier, the Crown Prince, who is on his first state visit to India, received a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here.

 

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He told the media that the ties between India and the Arabian Peninsula “is in our DNA”.

“With the leadership of the President and the Prime Minister, I am sure we can create good things for Saudi Arabia and India,” he said.

Prince Mohammed arrived in the capital on Tuesday for a two-day visit and was received by Modi at the Palam airport. (IANS)