Modi says In­dia does not eye any­one’s ter­ri­tory

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NEW DELHI: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Tues­day said In­dia does not eye any­one’s ter­ri­tory and re­sources, as­sert­ing that its model of de­vel­op­ment aid was not based on “give and take”, com­ments which come amid in­creas­ing Chi­nese ef­forts to ex­pand its in­flu­ence in the sub-con­ti­nent.

Ad­dress­ing the first con­fer­ence of per­sons of In­dian ori­gin (PIO) par­lia­men­tar­i­ans from across the globe, Modi also asked them to in­vest in In­dia and act as a cat­a­lyst for the coun­try’s growth. The event is be­ing held to mark the 102nd an­niver­sary of Ma­hatma Gandhi’s re­turn from South Africa.

The prime min­is­ter said In­dia has al­ways played a con­struc­tive role in the world and that Ma­hatma Gandhi’s phi­los­o­phy of non-vi­o­lence can counter ex­trem­ism and rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion.

“In­dia is that coun­try which has al­ways played a con­struc­tive role in the world arena. We do not mea­sure our policy to­wards any na­tion by profit or loss but view it through the prism of hu­man val­ues,” he said.

He fur­ther said In­dia’s model of de­vel­op­ment aid is not based on giv­ing and take and it de­pends on re­quire­ment and pri­or­ity of the coun­tries con­cerned.

“We nei­ther have the in­ten­tion of ex­ploit­ing any­one’s re­sources nor are we eye any­one’s ter­ri­tory. Our fo­cus has al­ways been on ca­pac­ity build­ing and re­source de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

Modi’s com­ments come in the back­drop of China’s deep­en­ing ties with some South Asian na­tions and pro­vid­ing them with sub­stan­tial fi­nan­cial aid, which, some ex­perts feel, may draw In­dia’s neigh­bours in­clud­ing Mal­dives, Sri Lanka and Nepal to­wards Bei­jing. In­dia has been tra­di­tion­ally pro­vid­ing de­vel­op­ment aid to these coun­tries.

The day-long con­fer­ence is be­ing at­tended by 134 elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 24 coun­tries in­clud­ing France, Fiji, Switzer­land and Mau­ri­tius.

“At a time when ide­olo­gies di­vide the world, In­dia be­lieves in the mantra of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’,” Modi said and asked them to spread In­dia’s mes­sage of in­clu­sive­ness.

He fur­ther said, “If there is any phi­los­o­phy to counter rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion and ex­trem­ism, it is the phi­los­o­phy of Ma­hatma Gandhi and the phi­los­o­phy of In­dian val­ues,” he said.

Ad­dress­ing the gather­ing, Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj cred­ited Modi’s lead­er­ship for In­dia’s grow­ing stature glob­ally.

The prime min­is­ter said In­dia, with its rich val­ues and tra­di­tions, has the power to lead and guide the world deal­ing with in­sta­bil­ity.

Modi also called on In­dian ori­gin law­mak­ers from across the world to be part­ners in In­dia’s de­vel­op­ment and act as cat­a­lysts in the coun­try’s eco­nomic growth.

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