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Sonia gets party behind Manmohan

After getting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to return to the pre-Sharm-El-Sheikh line on linking terrorism with the composite dialogue process, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday declared her support for Mr Singh’s parliamentary “statement” on India-Pak relations.

Ms Gandhi’s stand on the government’s recent Pakistan initiatives, made during a speech to Congress parliamentarians, emphasised that the resumption of the composite dialogue process was conditional to Pakistan curbing India-directed terrorism from its soil. Without actually evoking the joint statement, she backed the PM’s intervention in Lok Sabha but, significantly, steered clear of mentioning Balochistan.

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July 31, 2009 Posted by | News, Politics, Terror | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Terror, security top concern: President

Terror and security concerns dominated President Pratibha Patil’s address to Parliament on Thursday with the post 26/11 situation
running across the pages as the government’s biggest challenge.

Paying tribute to India’s pluralism, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, she said such principles had been “tested by fire” through the series of terror attacks in the past year.

“The spirit of ordinary people rising together as one overcame the challenge to our nation from terrorist violence,” the President said addressing members of both Houses.

The 27-page speech, which presented the UPA government’s achievements on different fronts, however, reflected its underlying concerns about the terror strikes across the country, ultra-Left violence and insurgency in the North-East.

The impressive voter turnout in Jammu and Kashmir during the recent assembly elections, Patil said, was a “resounding affirmation of their faith in democracy and a rejection of terrorism and violence”.

Looking beyond the borders, she took note of the “plight of civilians” caught in the crossfire between the LTTE guerrillas and Lankan forces. Airing the government’s proposal, she said that the Lankan government and LTTE should immediately come to the negotiating table.

Referring to India’s “demographic dividends” with an overwhelming majority of the population living below the age of 40, the President promised that by 2022 — 75th anniversary of Independence — the country would account for a fourth of the global work force.

She termed the successful launch of Chandrayan-1 as evidence of India’s scientific prowess. With the new emphasis on cleaner energy, six nuclear power units with a total capacity of 3,160 MWe are in advanced stages of construction, she said.

The growth of the civil aviation sector has been reflected in the rise of the air passengers — from 5.7 crore in 2004 to around 11 crore in 2008. Patil said that by 2010, the government aims to provide 50 crore telephone connections.

In a reference to the attacks on art and literature in the name of culture, the President recalled the liberal tradition of the social reformers and said, “The bedrock of our culture is a celebration of freedom of thought and expression and any attempt to force a closing of the Indian mind goes against the very ethos of being Indian.”

Patil recalled the members of security forces killed in encounters with terrorists, Naxalites and insurgents, and paid a special tribute to those felled by terror bullets in the Mumbai terror attacks.

Surveying the situation in the N-E, Naxalite-infested areas and Jammu and Kashmir, Patil said that along with modernisation of armed forces socio-economic development was also part of the strategy to meet the challenges.

February 13, 2009 Posted by | Politics, Terror | , , , | Leave a comment