Indian Minister Narendra Modi, above, spoke of truth and non-violence, peace and harmony while his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan warned of nuclear war and bloodbath as they addressed the 74th Session of the UN on Friday.
India gave the world Buddha, Swami Vivekananda
and Mahatma Gandhi whose messages have a universal value and eternal relevance,
Their teachings and thousands of years of culture have taught Indians to maintain a universal outlook, see divinity in every being and strive for the welfare of all through collective efforts and by winning everyone’s trust.
These are the dreams of every country and every society. Hence, the fruits of India’s ongoing efforts in building more toilets and homes for the poor, extending health and financial benefits, and banking facilities for them, conserving water and banning single use plastic are for the entire world to enjoy, Modi said.
The success of these schemes will inspire the world, show a new path, and kindle hope in the minds of the poor.
Turning to managing conflicts, Modi said the maximum number of soldiers who died in UN Peace keeping missions are from India. This shows India stands for peace and not war.
The worst threat to world peace is terrorism. But nations lack cohesion in dealing with it. This dents those very principles that are the basis for the creation of the UN.
For the sake of humanity, the world must stand as one against terrorism, Modi said.
Technology is bringing the world together. Dissension should have no relevance in such a world.
Some 125 years ago, India’s spiritual guru, Swami Vivekananda, gave this message to the world during the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago. That is the message India wants to convey to the world now, Modi said.
In his speech at the UN an hour later, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan warned that any war between the two South Asian neighbours could have consequences for the world.
By raising the nuclear threat, Khan was trying to draw the attention of world leaders to the bifurcation of Jammu & Kashmir and the security clampdown there, a subject Modi avoided since such decisions are India’s internal matter.
Modi also avoided any mention of Pakistan and terrorism sponsored by its army and intelligence across the border.
Frustrated over this, Khan called India’s recent steps in Kashmir stupid and cruel.
He warned of street fights and bloodbath in Kashmir once curfew is lifted in the valley.
Kashmiris will be further radicalised, he said.