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Birthday diplomacy: Modi meets Sharif in Pakistan

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Modi-SharifNew Delhi: Prime minister, Narendra Modi, made a surprise stopover at Lahore in Pakistan, to meet the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

This was the first visit by an Indian executive head of the Government to Pakistan in more than a decade.

Modi returned to Delhi around 8.30 pm. He was received by Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj at the airport.

Recently when Modi and Sharif were engaged in a brief conversation at the climate change talks in Paris, their meeting was seen as a significant initiative and a precurser to a comprehensive peace dialogue that was disrupted by a series of terror attacks and violation of ceasefire by Pakistan along the line of control in Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier today Modi, who was in Kabul, Afghanistan, at the end of his Moscow visit to inaugurate the Parliament complex built with Indian help, spoke to his Pakistani counterpart and greeted him on his birthday. Modi also sprung a major surprise when he tweeted on Friday: “Looking forward to meeting PM Nawaz Sharif in Lahore today afternoon, where I will drop by on my way back to Delhi”

Ruling BJP sokesperson Nalin Kohli, on PM Modi’s stopover and meeting with Sharif, said India was ready to take two steps forward if Pakistan took one to improve ties between the countries.

As expected, the Congress leader Anand Sharma has reacted strongly saying this visit was not spontaneous. It was meant to serve personal interests rather than national interests.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, a separatist leader in Kashmir, said: “It’s a welcome step. We hope that it is followed by a consistent policy of engagement to resolve the Kashmir dispute. India and Pakistan have to evolve a mechanism to involve the core party to the issue that is the Kashmiri people.”

The displaced Kashmiri Pundits, who have been forced to vacate their properties and leave Kashmir under threat by the separatists and terrorists and are now living as refugees in their own country, are continuously raising their voice and taking away the wind out of the sail of the seperatist leaders like Umar Farooq and digging a hole in their stand when they talk of the Kashmiri people. Their contention is that the Kashmiri voice will have to be inclusive and that cannot be possible unless the Government of India takes concrete steps to ensure they return to their homeland without delay.

The success of Modi’s birthday diplomacy will be measured only by total end to ceasfire violations along the LoC in Kashmir, end to infiltration and cross-border terrorism and action by Pakistan to punish the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai attack.

Obama and Modi committed to secure climate change agreement : White House

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Modi-ObamaWashington, DC : US President Barack Obama and Prime Minster Narendra Modi spoke over telephone yesterday and shared their personal commitment towards climate change. During their telephonic conversation, as read out from the textual transcript of the discussion by White House, both leaders emphasized their ‘personal commitment’ to secure a strong climate change pact this week.

Obama called upon Modi in the backdrop of climate summit to discuss the ongoing Conference of Parties (COP21) at Paris. PM Modi took the opportunity to personal convey his condolences for the loss of lives in California shooting last week. Moving ahead in their talks, when focus returned to the objective of the tinkle talk, as stated by White House — Both leaders emphasised their personal commitment to secure a strong climate change agreement this week and their interest in both countries’ working together to achieve a successful outcome. .

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that US President was closely following the developments in Paris where more than 180 countries were trying to hammer out a deal on climate change. A day earlier, Obama had spoken with his Brazilian counterpart. Yesterday, came India’s turn. Earnest shared with media — I can tell you that earlier today, the (US) President placed a telephone call to Prime Minister Modi of India to discuss the ongoing negotiations. I would anticipate that over the course of this week as the negotiations continue, the President would be in touch with other world leaders. The Press Secretary also mentioned that Obama was getting regular updates from his team in Paris about the status of the negotiations. He added the US President was optimistic about the success of the Paris summit, and, America looked up to the international community towards taking extra steps in mobilizing and moving forward in the lines of making significant commitments to cut carbon pollution.

Earlier, last week, in Paris, Obama had met Modi on the sidelines of the climate change summit. He had also met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

Modi wins NRI hearts at Wembley

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modi at wembleyLondon : Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a gala entry into the Wembley stadium at London, where thousands of non-resident Indians had gathered to cheer up the Indian Prime Minister’s live interaction with the Indian diaspora settled in that part of the globe.

PM Modi addressed a large gathering of more than 70,000 NRIs and spoke his heart out, in the language of the countrymen, who longed to hear a home bred PM speak to them at such close quarters. As PM Modi began his words of connect, the audience clapped and shouted slogans chanting the name ‘Modi, Modi’ amidst applause, enthusiasm and vibrance.

PM Modi conveyed to the global audience, what they wanted to hear — be it the rise of India as a promising country under the leadership of a digitally enabled PM Modi, or the make in India aspirations which has begun to take shape in the one and a half year long tenure of central government, or the close-to-heart Swachh Bharat ‘Clean India’ Modi-mission.

PM Modi spoke, and the audience listened, mesmerized and absorbed into the promises and vision of the incumbent Indian Prime Minister, most of the time staring at him, and checking in between, for their own large-screen image, clapping with joy and cheering themselves too on such occasions.

PM Modi spoke with pride about the notch up in ratings on the list of ease of doing business, recently endorsed by the global list generated by UN and World economic forum. Modi said – Today the world is recognising India as a power. It is looking at India as a land of opportunity. And it is our endeavor too that India’s place in the world should equal all. We no longer want favours from the world. We want equality.People are astonished by how we live in harmony despite so many differences in language, culture, food. Diversity is our speciality, our pride, our power.

Amidst cheer and applauding frenzy, PM Modi said – Kabir and Rahim have been our inspirations. Sufism is the best antidote to terrorism.Not just James Bond or Brooke Bond, we now have to walk the path of development so we have the rupee bond. When we talk of Foreign Direct Investment or FDI, I also think about the other side of the coin. That is First Develop India. The colour of your passport will not determine who you are. India is as much yours as it is Narendra Modi’s.

Speaking about the really evolving India, PM Modi emphasized and urged the gathering to take cognizance of ‘the real vibrant, growing India’, saying — India is not only that much what is seen in newspapers. India is much bigger. India with its 125 crore people is much bigger and better with a pre-eminent position beyond the screen of Television. After 18 months in office, I can say that there is no reason for India to remain poor, we harbor poverty for no reason. I wonder why we have started pampering poverty.800 million people in India are below 35 years. India is full of youth and a country which has so many youth cannot continue to lag behind. Nobody can halt its march to development.

Taking a light stride on the famous London weather, PM Modi transpired – I was told London would be cold, but not this much. Your wonderful and warm welcome makes me feel at home.

The public at large participated enthusiastically till the last word of PM Modi’s address, and participated interactively with cheer and encouragement when PM Modi announced the direct flight to begin soon between London and Ahmedabad. The enthusiasm and vibrant participation of the gathering sustained till the last words of PM Modi, when he urged the crowd to join his chorus of ‘Long live India’, and the NRIs pumped up their enthusiasm even more, when PM Modi descended from the dais after his address and moved towards the pathway, where the people swooned towards the lane trying to take a close look and maybe shake a hand or look into the PM’s promising eyes as close as they could.

RSS completes 90 years, Chief Mohan Bhagwat presents his vision ahead

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Mohan BhagwatNagpur : Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) supremo Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday praised the country’s progress under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said India’s image had reached great heights on a global scale as the world expected ‘India to guide it towards a great future’. Making his annual ‘Vijayadashami’ speech here, Bhagwat said that the primary agenda now rested on how to make India a leading nation in the world as ‘expectations have risen’ since Prime Minister Modi’s government came into power.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis attended the event and shared space with Rashtra Sevika Sangh veterans during Vijaya Dashmi function at RSS headquarters in Nagpur, Maharashtra.

Bhagwat said, ‘Our country has stood as one and will stand as one. The Sangh has been doing the work of keeping the nation one on the basis of Hindutva for the last 90 years.’ He expressed contentment over working practices of Modi-led central government. He said, ‘Two years ago there was an atmosphere of despondency. Now we are not worried. An atmosphere of hope and confidence has been created now, so expectations are high,’ adding, ‘Swachh Bharat, Mudra Bank, Jan Dhan Yojana and surrender of gas subsidy are good omen. However, pulling the economy out of the abyss takes some time.’

With his call for a review of reservation having set off a political storm that could harm BJP’s prospects in the ongoing Bihar polls, Bhagwat began his 55-minute speech by invoking Dalit icon B R Ambedkar whom he credited for making provisions in the Constitution to remove social and economic inequality faced by the weaker sections.

Bhagwat focused attention on population rise in the country and stated that no holistic discussion has taken place in the country on controlling population.’With rise in population, the burden on the country will grow. Population growth can be an asset too. If we have more mouths to feed, we will also have more hands to work. We have to plan for 50 years hence. How to provide for the education and health of the people,’ he said. Referring to rapid population growth, Bhagwat called for a dialogue to change the mindset of the people as mere enactment of laws was not enough.

Bhagwat reiterated that RSS united the society on its three beliefs of ‘Hindu culture, Hindu forefathers and Hindu land’ pervading the Indian nation and insisted that this is the ‘only way’.

With incidents like Dadri lynching sparking outrage, Bhagwat said – Small episodes that get exaggerated cannot damage Hindu culture. Small episodes happen. They get exaggerated and presented in a big way. Small incidents keep happening but these cannot distort Indian culture, Hindu culture. Since time immemorial, it respects diversity, coordinates among diversities to establish unity. This is Hindutva.