Modi the Good Neigh­bour

The Economic Times - - The Edit Page - MA­HESH KU­MAR

By invit­ing SAARC coun­tries’ top lead­ers to his swear­ing-in cer­e­mony as PM, Modi has taken the right step to have cor­dial re­la­tions with our neigh­bours. This is the first step of friendly ges­ture to solve one an­other’s prob­lems by talks and other nec­es­sary steps re­quired for peace in the sub­con­ti­nent. Nawaz Sharif took some time to give his con­sent, though all other top lead­ers agreed to take part in the oath cer­e­mony. And that’s be­cause the Pak­istan army/ ISI has more power in their pol­i­tics and are the root cause for many ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties in In­dia. Sharif will prove his bold­ness by ac­cept­ing Modi’s in­vi­ta­tion to show that Pak­istan too is in­ter­ested in good re­la­tions with In­dia. The po­lit­i­cal par­ties and people at large of Pak­istan, as per re­ports, have wel­comed this in­vi­ta­tion.

Let us also wait and watch how Modi tack­les two other na­tional is­sues that ad­versely af­fect In­dia’s se­cu­rity and econ­omy — men­tioned by him in his elec­tion ral­lies — China’s in­tru­sions into In­dian ter­ri­tory and the in­flux of mi­grants from Bangladesh.

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