India has again been represented into the 18th Nam Summit at Baku in Azerbaijan by its Vice-President Mr. M. Venkaiah Naidu as the Indian PM Narendra Modi could not attend the Summit in the second consecutive number. The NAM Summit, held during 25-26th October 2019, reasonably dwelt upon the theme “Upholding Bandung Principles to ensure concerted and adequate response to the challenges of the contemporary world.”
Maintaining perfect tune with this theme, Mr. Naidu sincerely urged all the NAM leaders to re-focus once again to remain as an influential global group for finding out solutions to the emerging challenges pertaining to global governance reform, addressing unpredictable and disruptive developments in 21st century due to uneven after effects of globalization and unprecedented scientific and technological advances, sustainable growth and development, south-south cooperation, besides categorically motivating all NAM member states for effective and meaningful joint action against all forms of Terrorism including global terrorism and religious fundamentalism.
He lambasted terrorism as a single most destructive threat which continues to expand its “tentacles with increasing impunity.” Mr. Naidu also dwelt on cross-border terrorism being exported from Pakistan which has already caused massive loss of precious lives and property in India along with several other accompanying or collateral damages to the social fabric of the traditional-cultural Indian society and continuing economic recession in the country.
While clearly pointing out the role of Pakistan in supporting terrorism against India, he put stress over the fact that “Pakistan clearly needs to do much more to earn the confidence of the international community. It must decisively abjure terrorism – for its own good, for that of its neighbours and for the good of the world.”
He further suggested that the terror menace be fought with full might and in a united manner by consolidating and executing the entire international institutional mechanisms against terrorists and also their supporters. This is why he exhorted all NAM nations to forge a common front against terrorism in its all forms as there was no justification for violent extremist ideologies and terrorist actions that maim and murder the innocent humanity.
Thus Vice President extensively and logically discussed all the serious challenges and grave dangers before the largest movement of humanity at the Baku NAM Summit meeting of 120 member states and also suggested the ways and means to come out of the aforesaid challenges and dilemma in the following words: “As we strive to ensure inclusive and sustainable growth and a better future for our people, we must realize that our destinies are linked like never before.”
As obvious though PM Modi could not participate in the 18th NAM Summit, but the true spirit of the doctrine of Nonalignment remained vibrant, relevant and meaningful once again in the words of the Vice President Mr. M. Venkaiah Naidu, thereby reiterating and signifying the thrust and core-concerns of the Non Aligned Movement and also that of India’s foreign policy, evolving since the beginning of independent India’s tryst with destiny into international relations.
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via TOI Blog
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