Ter­ror deeply rooted in our neigh­bour­hood, says Modi ‘Ban­ish sin­gle-use plas­tic by Oct 2’

PM Indirectly Refers To Pak On 9/11 An­niv

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Na­tion - Anuja.Jaiswal @times­group.com

Mathura: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Wed­nes­day re­called the hor­ror of 9/ 11at­tacks in the US on its 18th an­niver­sary to brand Pak­istan as a hot­bed of ter­ror. Speak­ing at a func­tion to launch Na­tional An­i­mal Dis­ease Con­trol Pro­gramme, he said ter­ror­ism has be­come a “global threat” and this ide­ol­ogy is deeply rooted and get­ting nour­ished in our neigh­bour­hood.

With­out nam­ing Pak­istan, he said the whole world needed to take a pledge against those who give shel­ter and train­ing to ter­ror­ists. “We are fully com­pe­tent to face this chal­lenge and have done this in the past and we will do it in fu­ture,” he said, adding that there was a need for strong ac­tion and his gov­ern­ment’s ef­fort to strength

VEILED AT­TACK: en anti-ter­ror laws.

“Ter­ror­ists can’t hide their bad deeds by chang­ing the name of the or­gan­i­sa­tion,” he said, adding that all have come to­gether to fight against it. Re­cently, In­dia de­clared four no­to­ri­ous crim­i­nals in­clud­ing Mum­bai ter­ror at­tack ac­cused Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, fugi­tive gang­ster Da­wood Ibrahim, Jaish-eMuhammed chief Ma­sood Azhar and Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Muham­mad Saeed, as in­di­vid­ual ter­ror­ists un­der a new anti-ter­ror law.

The Prime Min­is­ter’s club­bing the op­po­si­tion to cow pro­tec­tion with those who frown on the use of ‘ Om’, an in­te­gral part of Hindu cul­ture, marks an im­por­tant turn in the old po­lit­i­cal and ide­o­log­i­cal feud over “cow pro­tec­tion” that was re-ig­nited af­ter BJP’s vic­tory in 2014 with in­stances of “lynch­ing” by alleged cow vig­i­lantes.

Com­ing af­ter the pro­vi­sion of funds for Kamd­henu Aaayog in the in­terim bud­get, the Prime Min­is­ter’s pub­lic pitch rep­re­sents yet an­other nudge for main­stream­ing of “gau rak­sha” and fur­ther­ing the Sangh Pari­var’s ide­o­log­i­cal goals.

To but­tress his point, Modi cited the ex­am­ple of Rwanda in Africa, where a strong net­work has been es­tab­lished to earn liveli­hood through cows. “I had gone

there last year and saw a unique pro­gramme. Their gov­ern­ment gives cows to vil­lages with the con­di­tion that the first fe­male calf born will be given to those who do not have a cow,” he said. The Cen­tre will spend Rs 12,652 crore to vac­ci­nate more than 600 mil­lion an­i­mals in a pro­gramme stretch­ing up to 2030, Modi said.

In­au­gu­rat­ing Pashu Ar­o­gya Mela, where he also launched “Swachata Hi Sewa” campaign, the Prime Min­is­ter said that the coun­try must get rid of sin­gle-use plas­tics by Oc­to­ber 2, the 150th birth an­niver­sary of Ma­hatma Gandhi. He also met a group of nine women, sit­ting with them at the site with piles of var­i­ous kind of plas­tics and wear­ing masks and gloves. They re­sponded to his ques­tions about seg­re­ga­tion of plas­tics and way of their dis­posal.

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With­out nam­ing Pak­istan, Modi called it a hot­bed of ter­ror and stated that ter­ror­ism is get­ting nour­ished in the coun­try

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