Re­cent ter­ror at­tacks not just against SL: In­dian HC at BIDTI

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In­dia has been the first to re­spond with man­power and ma­te­rial. In­dia has also com­pleted sev­eral peo­ple ori­ented devel­op­ment projects all across the is­land

In­dian High Com­mis­sioner Taran­jit Singh Sandhu said the re­cent at­tacks in Sri Lanka is not just against Sri Lanka and ter­ror­ism any­where in the world at­tacks the con­science of the whole of hu­man­ity.

He said the di­vi­sive Ji­hadi ide­ol­ogy needs to be iso­lated and elim­i­nated, as it is a threat to re­gional se­cu­rity and global peace.

HC Sandhu made this ob­ser­va­tion at a func­tion to mark the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the 21st Diploma Course in Diplomacy & World Af­fairs at the Ban­daranaike In­ter­na­tional Diplo­matic Training In­sti­tute (BIDTI) in Colombo.

He said In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Modi was sched­uled to visit Sri Lanka this week­end at the in­vi­ta­tion of Sri Lankan Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena.

“This will be a part of the first over­seas trip of Prime Min­is­ter Modi af­ter his re-elec­tion. He will carry the mes­sage of sol­i­dar­ity and hope from the peo­ple of In­dia to the peo­ple of Sri Lanka in the af­ter­math of April 21 at­tacks. Ter­ror­ism and rad­i­cal­ism pose a col­lec­tive threat to hu­man­ity,” he said.

“The first day of PM Modi in of­fice af­ter the swear­ing in cer­e­mony was ded­i­cated to meet­ing lead­ers of neigh­bour­ing na­tions in­clud­ing Sri Lanka. It is a re­flec­tion of the im­por­tance that In­dia at­taches to the spe­cial relations with its neigh­bours. In­dia has al­ways been a first re­spon­der to Sri Lanka’s needs and pri­or­i­ties, whether it be the flood or drought In­dia has been the first to re­spond with man­power and ma­te­rial. In­dia has also com­pleted sev­eral peo­ple ori­ented devel­op­ment projects all across the is­land, as pure gifts from the peo­ple of In­dia.

In­dia-sri Lanka relations have seen land­mark changes in the last five years. PM Modi be­came the first Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia to visit Sri Lanka af­ter a gap of 28 years, with his his­toric visit to the is­land in March 2015. He vis­ited

Sri Lanka again in May 2017 as Chief Guest at the In­ter­na­tional Ve­sak Day cel­e­bra­tions. The de­ci­sive man­date for PM Modi in the re­cent elec­tions in In­dia is a re­flec­tion of sup­port for a con­tin­u­a­tion of the Gov­ern­ment’s poli­cies. The con­tin­u­a­tion and fur­ther strength­en­ing of th­ese poli­cies is also in Sri Lanka’s in­ter­est.

The core aim of In­dia’s for­eign pol­icy is to en­sure safety and se­cu­rity of its 1.3 bil­lion peo­ple and to meet their gen­uine de­vel­op­men­tal as­pi­ra­tions. While pur­su­ing In­dia’s ob­jec­tives, In­dia is not gov­erned by self-in­ter­est alone. In­dia has al­ways be­lieved in shar­ing its de­vel­op­men­tal suc­cesses. Grow­ing to­gether has been the ba­sic tenet of In­dia’s for­eign pol­icy. As Prime Min­is­ter Modi has said, In­dia seeks a fu­ture for the In­dian Ocean that lives up to the name of SA­GAR- Se­cu­rity and Growth for All in the Re­gion,” he said.

He said, “In­di­vid­ual coun­tries can­not re­main peace­ful, se­cure and pros­per­ous, if the re­gion and world at large were to be in turmoil. It is a highly in­ter­con­nected world today. We can­not ban­ish an­other’s mis­ery as his or her own prob­lem; it is as much ours as his or hers. It is in our in­di­vid­ual and col­lec­tive in­ter­est to main­tain world peace and col­lec­tive sta­bil­ity. In­ter­net and cy­berspace have rev­o­lu­tion­ized the way we think and act. While dig­i­tal age tech­nol­ogy and so­cial me­dia have brought hu­man­ity to­gether, it has also be­come a po­ten­tial weapon for the spread of ag­gres­sion and in­tol­er­ance.

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