On Wednesday, V Muraleedharan, Union Minister of State for External Affairs (MoS), interacted with the Indian community in the state of Connecticut in the United States. The Minister also joined the Indian community to celebrate the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. “Had an engaging interaction with the vibrant Indian community of #Connecticut Glad to see their zeal to participate in #AzadiKaAmritMahotsav and New India growth story partner [sic]”, wrote the minister on Twitter. India is commemorating the 75th anniversary of its independence with the” Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav “, a patriotic holiday. A number of events are also planned as part of the program.
Earlier on Tuesday, October 12, the Ministry of Defense Muraleedharan also participated in the UNSC’s high-level open debate on Peacebuilding and Peacekeeping: Diversity, Statebuilding and Peacemaking. During the debate, the Minister said that countries affected by conflict or emerging from conflict face many obstacles on the way to long-term peace. These countries are linked to elements causing conflict, including ethnicity, race and religion, which are dominant identity markers in society, he said. The Minister underlined that India has always played a constructive and substantial role in the framework of the consolidation of peace through its broad development relations with the developing countries. He said India’s role has been particularly important in Africa and Asia, as well as with least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries (LDCs) and small island developing States ( SIDS).
India has also criticized the international community for failing to recognize the rise of more virulent forms of religious phobias, such as anti-Hindu, anti-Buddhist and anti-Sikh sentiments, citing violations of gurudwara premises and glorification the breaking of idols in the temples in his “neighborhood”. “When it comes to religious identities, we see how Member States are facing a new form of religious phobias. While we have condemned anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and Christianophobia, we do not recognize that there are more virulent forms of religious phobias that emerge and take root, including anti-Hindu, anti-Buddhist and anti-Sikh phobias, “Muraleedharan said, as quoted by the news agency. PTI. Hundreds of people with sticks, stones and bricks attacked a temple in Pakistan’s Bhong region, burning parts and injuring idols in August. During their desecration of the temple, the attackers damaged the idols, walls, doors and electrical installations.
“Agreements made in UNSCR 2593 must be honored,” Defense Ministry says
Speaking on the situation in Afghanistan, the minister of state said the change of authority in Kabul had not come about through discussions or inclusion. India has consistently advocated for a broad and inclusive process that includes Afghans from all walks of life. UNSCR 2593 sets out the international community’s expectations of Afghanistan, in particular the fight against terrorism. He went on to say that it is essential that agreements reached in this area are respected and respected. The United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (GCTS) has stated unequivocally that terrorism cannot be justified on any grounds and that no government should provide such an excuse. It is also essential that UN agencies adopt the STAG as a model and neither encourage nor condone member states’ efforts to justify terrorism in any way, even indirectly, added Muraleedharan.