G20 Presidency India Modi

G20 Presidency Pride Of India, Nor Of A Person Or Party: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, during the all-party meeting, termed India getting the G-20 presidency a “matter of pride” for India, and sought cooperation from all.

“It’s an honour that has come to India and not a party or person. It’s every Indian’s pride. The pride will be for India and therefore we must all work in cooperation,” PM Modi said as per the sources.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday chaired an all-party meeting to underscore the significance of India’s presidency of the G20 and brief the leaders about the government’s approach.

Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar were among the leaders present at the meeting.

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge of Congress, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik were among those present at the meeting which is taking place at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

India formally assumed the G20 Presidency on December 1.

The G20 or Group of 20 is an intergovernmental forum of the world’s major developed and developing economies. Last month, Indonesia handed over the G20 presidency to India in the presence of PM Modi at the Bali summit for the coming year. (ANI)

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E-Visa For UK Nationals To India

E-Visa Facility Resumes For UK Nationals Travelling To India

For the first time since the COVID outbreak in March 2020, India is all set to resume the e-Visa facility for UK citizens travelling to India, the High Commissioner of India to the UK, Vikram K Doraiswami announced in a video message on Monday.

Doraiswami said that the service will be made available to the citizens forthwith and the dates will be announced shortly. He further added that the resumption of the facility will enable friends from the UK to travel far more easily to India.
“We are rolling out e-visas once again and this service will be made available to you forthwith. (Dates will be announced shortly). That should enable friends from the UK far more easily to India. So welcome back, e-visas are up ahead and all of our other services including visas at your doorstep remain available to you. We look forward to a good winter season in which everyone gets to celebrate their festivals in India which is the land of festivals,” the High Commissioner said.

The Indian High Commission in London on Monday tweeted, Team @HCI_London is delighted to confirm that the e-Visa facility will again be available for UK nationals travelling to India. A system upgrade is underway & the visa website will soon be ready to receive applications from friends in the UK. Here’s a video on the subject. @MEAIndia.”

Earlier in August, UK Immigration Statistics said that Indian nationals were issued the largest number of UK study, work, and visitor visas.

India has now overtaken China as the largest nationality being issued sponsored study visas in the UK.

India and UK are engaged in negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement. On November 28, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak emphasised the importance of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with India.

“By 2050, the Indo-Pacific will deliver over half of global growth compared with just a quarter from Europe and North America combined. That’s why we’re joining the Trans-Pacific trade deal, the CPTP, delivering a new FTA with India and pursuing one with Indonesia,” Sunak said in his address at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet at London’s Guildhall. (ANI)

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Make Every Indian Part Of G20 Presidency Glory: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was greeted with thunderous applause when he arrived at the BJP headquarters in Delhi on Monday afternoon to address a meeting of national office-bearers.

BJP national president JP Nadda lauded the efforts made by the Narendra Modi-led government in ensuring India gets the G20 presidency for the period of an entire year.

Addressing his party colleagues, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted what the G20 presidency meant for a country like India. He also instructed the party workers to focus on making this occasion glorious. “Make each and every Indian feel proud of this achievement and make them also a participant of this historic occasion,” sources said quoting Prime Minister Modi.

The sources further said that on the instructions of the Prime Minister, the party is likely to look at organising various events and programmes, with a focus on public participation, to showcase India’s prowess both culturally as well as traditionally.

The first G20 Sherpa meeting under India’s presidency started in Rajasthan’s Udaipur on Sunday. This was the first of the 200 such meetings that will take place across 55 cities in India over the next one year.

On Monday evening, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, a meeting of all political party presidents has been convened by the government to brief them about India’s G20 presidency. Top political leaders and party presidents, including Mallikarjun Kharge of Congress, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, DMK chief MK Stalin and Naveen Patnaik of the Biju Janata Dal will be present at the meeting.

India formally assumed the G20 presidency from Indonesia on December 1.

The G20 or Group of 20 is an intergovernmental forum of the world’s major developed and developing economies.

Last month, Indonesia handed over the G20 presidency to India in the presence of PM Modi at the Bali summit for the coming year. (ANI)

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India's G20 Focus

India’s G20 Focus On Win-Win Collaboration: Amitabh Kant

G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant on Monday said that India’s G20 Presidency’s focus would be on forging win-win collaborations between developing countries, Global South, and advanced economies.

“Our perspective is that we should have a win-win collaboration between all of us. Developing countries, Global South, and advanced economies,” Kant said during a G20 Sherpa meeting in Udaipur. “We need to build new approaches. This is a unique forum for both the developed world and emerging economies. So we need to build approaches to benefit the world on key issues,” he added.

G20 Sherpa Meeting under India’s Presidency is currently underway, beginning with an overview of India’s issue notes and priorities. Kant said the forum’s first concern should be towards whose need is the greatest. “And therefore, we need to focus on the Global South as well,” he said.

“Our G20 Presidency would seek to advocate the oneness of all in accordance with our theme. One Earth, One Family, and One Future,” he added.

Day two of the G20 India Sherpas Meeting began with a session on Technological Transformation with the working groups on Digital Economy, Health, and Education. Positive and constructive discussions took place with enthusiastic participation from all G20 Sherpas.

“This year G20 organization will provide a strong impetus to innovation and sustainable development powered by digital transformation and Digital Public Infrastructure Digital Public Goods,” Kant tweeted.

The G20 or Group of Twenty (G20) is an intergovernmental forum of the world’s major developed and developing economies.

India will host over 200 meetings in over 50 cities across 32 different workstreams and would have the opportunity to offer G20 delegates and guests a glimpse of India’s rich cultural heritage and provide them with a unique Indian experience.

G20 Sherpa today interacted with Sherpas of all the Emerging Market Economies (EME). He also and held a productive discussion with the Sherpas G20 Troika comprising India, Brazil, and Indonesia.

As India takes over the Presidency of G20 amid the global crisis, Kant described this period as an “opportunity” and said the host nation will try to do everything possible to be positive and forward-looking.

“There is a lot of crisis in the world including disrupted supply chains, geopolitics, global debt, climate finance, and other challenges. A crisis is an opportunity and this (G20 presidency) is the greatest opportunity we have got,” Kant told ANI.

“We are putting together the agenda and our leadership will be very decisive and action-oriented. We will try and do everything possible to be positive and forward-looking,” he added. (ANI)

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G20 Sherpa Meeting Udaipur

G20 Sherpa Meeting, Udaipur: Delegates Receive Warm Welcome

Days after India assumed G20 Presidency, Udaipur is all geared up for the G20 Sherpa meeting. G20 guests from various nations receive a warm welcome on their arrival in the City of Lakes to attend the G20 Sherpa meeting.

On arrival at Udaipur Airport, delegates from various nations receive a rousing welcome. Taj Sabhagar in Udaipur is getting decked up for the first G20 Sherpa meeting. More than 40 delegates are due to arrive in Udaipur to attend the first Sherpa meeting of G20.

Amitabh Kant, the G20 Sherpa of India, welcomed G20 guests to Rajasthan’s Udaipur. He stressed that Rajasthan is known for warm hospitality and historical splendour and it is a “symbolic” beginning for G20 to demonstrate a tradition of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava.’

Amitabh Kant tweeted, “The Royal state of Rajasthan is world renowned for its warm hospitality & historical splendour. It’s a symbolic beginning for #G20India to start showcasing our Indian tradition of #AtithiDevoBhava from Udaipur in Rajasthan. We welcome the @g20org family into our home.”

In another tweet, India’s G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant shared some visuals from behind the scenes as Udaipur prepares for the Sherpa meeting. He tweeted, “The beautiful city of Udaipur in Rajasthan is gearing up for the first Sherpa Meeting under the #G20India Presidency. Some visuals from behind the scenes as the City of Lakes prepares for an action-packed 3 days ahead with delegations from #G20 nations arriving soon.”

Notably, the first Sherpa meeting of India’s G20 Presidency will commence in Udaipur on December 4. The four-day gathering of the Sherpas of G20 Members will have the participation of countries, and international organisations.

The delegates will hold important conversations on some of the most pressing issues, including technological transformation, green development, and LiFE, spotlighting women-led development, accelerating the implementation of the SDGs, and facilitating inclusive and resilient growth.

The first Sherpa Meeting will set the tone and agenda for future meetings. The first G20 Sherpa meeting will give India an opportunity to outline its broad priorities and give an overview of its G20 Presidency. The Sherpa meetings will work to establish consensus on key cross-cutting issues, which will be discussed in the various G20 workstreams, for inclusion in the Leaders’ Declaration, which will be tabled at the G20 Summit in New Delhi in 2023.

The Meeting will kick-start with a panel discussion on accelerating the implementation of SDGs. During the meeting, India will introduce the broad priorities of all Working Groups and hear the viewpoints of the G20 countries, guests, and International Organisations.

The Sherpa meeting’s discussions will focus on technological transformation, green development and LiFE, accelerated, inclusive, and resilient growth, Multilateralism and Food, Fuel and Fertilizers, women-led development, tourism, and culture. During the meeting, a ‘Chai pe Charcha’ will also be held to hold deeper conversations and boost ties among the G20 member countries and their Sherpas.

The first Sherpa meeting plans to offer the delegates a unique ‘Indian experience’ through cultural performances, art exhibitions, and excursions to various destinations, including Kumbhalgarh Fort and the Ranakpur Temple Complex. During its G20 Presidency, India intends to showcase the essence of its theme – ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – One Earth. One Family. One Future’ – in all the scheduled meetings, while being “inclusive, ambitious, action-oriented, and decisive.”

Notably, India formally assumed G20 Presidency from Indonesia on December 1. The G20 or Group of Twenty is an intergovernmental forum of the world’s 20 major developed and developing economies. The theme of India’s G20 Presidency is “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – One Earth One Family One Future,” according to the press release issued by the Ministry of External Affairs. During its presidency, India will host more than 200 meetings in over 50 cities across 32 different workstreams. In addition, India will have the opportunity to offer G20 delegates and guests a glimpse of India’s rich cultural heritage and provide them with a unique Indian experience. (ANI)

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Modi To Congress

Modi Pays Tribute To Dr. Rajendra Prasad On His Birth Anniv

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid rich tribute to India’s first President Dr. Rajendra Prasad on his birth anniversary and called him a legendary leader who epitomized courage and scholarly zeal.

The Prime Minister said Prasad was firmly rooted in India’s culture and also had a futuristic vision for the country’s growth.
“Remembering Dr. Rajendra Prasad Ji on his birth anniversary. A legendary leader, he epitomized courage and scholarly zeal. He was firmly rooted in India’s culture and also had a futuristic vision for India’s growth,” said Modi in a tweet.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar also paid tribute to the first President.

“Tribute to the first President of India and member of the Constituent Assembly, Bharat Ratna Dr Rajendra Prasad on his birth anniversary. He was a great personality who presented an example of simplicity, service, and sacrificial life keeping the importance of Indian values and traditions paramount,” Khattar tweeted.

Born in 1884 in Bihar, Rajendra Prasad was the first President of India from 1950 to 1962.

He was a politician and lawyer by training, who joined the Indian National Congress during the Independence Movement.

He was an avid supporter of Mahatma Gandhi and was imprisoned by British authorities during the Salt Satyagraha of 1931 and the Quit India movement of 1942.

All India Radio will be broadcasting the annual Edition of the Rajendra Prasad Memorial Lecture on Saturday, December 3, 2022, in memory of Prasad.

The lecture series from AIR has been a tradition since 1969. In the past, former President Dr. Shankardayal Sharma, former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, former Vice President M.Venkaiah Naidu, besides doyens of Indian literature like Hazari Prasad Dwivedi, Mahadevi Verma, Harivansh Rai Bachchan are among those who have delivered this prestigious memorial lecture on wide-ranging subjects on India’s cultural ethos and its strides.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will deliver the address this year from 9.30 pm onwards across the entire network. The lecture will be telecast on Doordarshan from 10.30 pm onwards on the same day as has been done every year.

The theme of the year is “Amrit Kaal Mein Bhartiyata” which will coincide with the 75 years of India’s independence. (ANI)

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Sanctions-Hit Russia Turns To India For Supplies In Key Sectors

Russia has sent India a list of more than 500 products for potential delivery, including parts for cars, aircraft, and trains, four sources familiar with the matter said, as sanctions squeeze Russia’s ability to keep vital industries running, reported Reuters.

An Indian government source said the request was unusual in its scope. India is keen to boost trade as it tries to narrow a ballooning trade deficit with Russia.

Some companies have expressed concern about potentially falling foul of sanctions. Russia’s requests were made weeks ahead of Jaishankar’s visit to Moscow starting November 07. It was not immediately clear what was conveyed by New Delhi to Russia during the visit.

India has not joined Western countries in openly criticizing Moscow for the war in Ukraine. New Delhi has sharply increased purchases of Russian oil that have cushioned it from some of the impacts of sanctions. Jaishankar said India needed to boost exports to Russia to balance bilateral trade, reported Reuters.

An industry source in Moscow, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue, said Russia’s Ministry of Industry and Trade asked large companies to supply lists of raw materials and equipment they needed.

The source added that further discussion would be needed to agree on specifications and volumes and that the outreach was not limited to India, reported Reuters.

Russia’s Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Indian foreign and commerce ministries and the prime minister’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Western sanctions have crippled supplies of some crucial products in Russia.

Airlines are experiencing an acute shortage of parts because almost all planes are foreign-made. Car parts are also in demand, with global automakers have left the market.

A source in Russia’s car sales industry said the trade ministry had sent a list of car parts needed to corresponding ministries and state agencies in other countries, including India, reported Reuters.

The list of items from Russia, which runs to nearly 14 pages, includes car engine parts like pistons, oil pumps, and ignition coils. There is also demand for bumpers, seatbelts, and infotainment systems.

For aircraft and helicopters, Russia requested 41 items including landing gear components, fuel systems, communication systems, fire extinguishing systems, life jackets, and aviation tyres, reported Reuters.

Also on the list were raw materials to produce paper, paper bags, and consumer packaging and materials and equipment to produce textiles including yarns and dyes, according to the document reviewed by Reuters.

Russian metals producers like nickel and palladium giant Nornickel (GMKN.MM) have said Western sanctions and self-sanctioning by some suppliers have made it difficult for industrial companies to obtain imported equipment, spare parts, materials, and technologies in 2022, posing a challenge to their development programmes. The list includes nearly 200 metallurgy items, reported Reuters.

Russia has been India’s largest supplier of military equipment for decades and it is the fourth-biggest market for Indian pharmaceutical products.

But with purchases of Russian oil soaring and coal and fertilizer shipments also strong, India is looking for ways to rebalance trade, the first Indian government source said, reported Reuters. (ANI)

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India Projects In AFghanistan Taliban

Taliban Says India May Restart 20 Projects In Afghanistan

Taliban on Wednesday said that India may restart 20 stalled projects in Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (MUDH) of Afghanistan said that the Indian charges d’affaires, Bharat Kumar, expressed India’s interest in improving relations and the resumption of Delhi’s projects in Afghanistan, reported Tolo News.

Kumar made the remarks in a meeting with the Minister of Urban Development and Housing, Hamdullah Nomani.

The agency quoting the MUDH Ministry said, “It is expected that India will resume work on at least 20 projects in several provinces of the country. Kumar made the remarks in a meeting with the Minister of Urban Development and Housing, Hamdullah Nomani, in Kabul.

“Projects they were implemented during the former government but were delayed due to political changes or other issues–they are now interested in resuming these projects, said Mohammad Kamal Afghan, a spokesman for the MUDH.

Economists said they believe that the implementation of the projects will facilitate job opportunities and boost development in the country, reported Tolo News.

“The resumption of these projects can also create job opportunities for the people and it can promote people’s income and drive Afghanistan out of political isolation,” said Darya Khan Baheer, an economist.

“The restart of these projects will decrease the level of poverty and unemployment,” said Nazkamir Ziarmal, an economist.

The Pajhwok Afghan News meanwhile said that Urban Development and Land Affairs Acting Minister Mawlavi Hamdullah Nomani had urged the Indian business community to invest in the urban development sector of Afghanistan.

On its Twitter handle, the Ministry wrote that acting Minister Nomani met the charge de affairs of the Indian embassy in Kabul. During this visit, the acting Minister Nomani said: “The Indian businessmen can invest in the urban and housing sector, especially in the New Kabul City project”.

Numani further added, “India implemented some projects in Afghanistan in the past, while some of them remained incomplete due to non-payment”. He asked the Indian government to clear its stance about the incomplete projects as well.

“Projects they were implemented during the former government but were delayed due to political changes or other issues–they are now interested in resuming these projects, said Mohammad Kamal Afghan, a spokesman for the MUDH.

Locals believe that implementing the projects will facilitate job opportunities, decrease poverty and unemployment, and boost development in the country.

In addition, the visiting Indian envoy was requested to provide the Afghan nationals with scholarships for master’s and Ph.D. degrees in the civil and urban development field to increase Afghan engineers’ capacity further.

Charge de affairs Bharat Kumar said the ministry could share information about all the mentioned projects. He will convey the message to the Indian government to solve their problems and make all projects ready to use.

I have received some details about the New Kabul Project, and I would talk about them to Indian investors as well, Kumar said.

India had to stop all its projects once the Taliban took over the reins of power in August 2021. India then closed its embassy, which restarted functioning a few months ago. India still has security issues as several civilian projects, religious places, and the Russian embassy were targeted recently by suspected Islamic State terrorists.

India, before the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban, had invested in developmental and capacity-building projects of around three billion dollars.

The significant projects India supported in Afghanistan were: The 42MW Salma Dam in Herat province was inaugurated in 2016 and is known as the Afghan-India Friendship Dam. The other high-profile project was the 218-km Zaranj-Delaram highway built by the Border Roads Organisation. Zaranj is located close to Afghanistan’s border with Iran.

India built the Afghan Parliament in Kabul for $90 million. A block in the building is named after former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

In 2016, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the restored Stor Palace in Kabul, initially built in the late 19th century. India also constructed one of its leading hospitals in Kabul.

India, in the past, has been supporting in developing the human resources, giving training to professionals and offering a considerable number o scholarships and admissions to Afghan students to study in India.

The Indian projects are mostly people-centric in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan. The projects were aimed at making Afghanistan a self-sufficient nation. India also operationalized air freight corridors and the Chabahar Port to enhance regional connectivity to Afghanistan.

India presently has been voicing deep concern at the unfolding humanitarian situation in Afghanistan; India donated consignments of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan. These include 40,000 MTs of wheat, about 50 tonnes of medical aid consisting of essential lifesaving medicines, anti-TB medicines, 500,000 doses of COVID vaccine, essential medical/surgical items, and 28 tons of other disaster relief material. (ANI)

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DMK to supreme court

Centre Step-Motherly Towards Tamil Refugees; CAA Arbitrary: DMK To SC

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has told the Supreme Court that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act of 2019 is “arbitrary” as it only considers religious minorities from three countries while keeping Sri Lankan Tamils staying in India as refugees.

The Central government has “categorically remained silent to the plight of the Tamil refugees. Step-motherly behaviour of Respondent No.1 (Centre) towards the Tamil refugees has left them living in constant fear of deportation and an uncertain future,” stated the affidavit filed by DMK.
The DMK said that CAA is “arbitrary” as it relates to only three countries — Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh and confines to only six religions — Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian Communities and expressly excludes Muslim religion.

Filing an affidavit before the Supreme Court in its plea challenging the CAA, DMK said that even while considering religious minorities, the Centre keeps such Tamils of Indian origin who are presently staying in India as refugees after fleeing from Sri Lanka due to persecution.

The Act is “against Tamil race” and keeps out the similarly placed Tamils who are residing in Tamil Nadu from the purview of the Act, it said.

“The impugned Act ignores the reality that for several decades Tamil refugees who have settled in Tamil Nadu are deprived of fundamental rights and other rights due to non-citizenship and due to non-naturalisation and the impugned Act does not provide for any reasons to exclude them,” stated the affidavit filed by organising secretary RS Bharati, the governing party of Tamil Nadu.

“Being stateless, they have been denied employment in the government services or in organised private sectors, the right to hold property, right to vote, enjoyment of government benefits received by the citizens and others despite there being an agreement for the same,” it added.

Due to such an ambiguity, they are forced to stay in camps where they are often exploited having no prospects of security in future, said the DMK in its affidavit.

“The lack of jobs, access to basic rights and amenities has left these refugees handicapped and distraught. These refugees who arrived at the country of their origin i.e. India with the hope that the Indo-Sri Lankan agreements will protect them from the ensuing persecution so that they could have brighter futures, discrimination-free environments, and better standards of life are now in a far worse state than before. The requests for citizenship by these Tamil refugees who have spent years in refugee camps have fallen on deaf ears of the Centre,” it added.

It said that the reasons for their fleeing from Sri Lanka have not changed as many displaced persons escaped their country due to the large-scale violence and unsafe circumstances and came to India hoping for a better future.

The party has also said that the Act introduces a completely new basis for the grant/non-grant of citizenship on the grounds of religion, which “destroys the basic fabric of secularism”.

The Act deliberately keeps away Muslims who had suffered persecution in the six countries and therefore it is highly discriminatory and manifestly arbitrary, said DMK.

At least 220 petitions against the CAA were filed before the top court.

The CAA was passed by Parliament on December 11, 2019, and it was met with protests all across the country. It came into effect on 10 January 2020.

A Kerala-based political party Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), DMK, Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra, Congress leader and former Union minister Jairam Ramesh, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi, Congress leader Debabrata Saikia, NGOs Rihai Manch and Citizens Against Hate, Assam Advocates Association, and law students, among others, had filed pleas before the top court challenging the Act.

In 2020 Kerala government had also filed a suit in the apex court becoming the first state to challenge the CAA.

The law fast-tracks the process of granting citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who fled religious persecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan and took refuge in India on or before December 31, 2014.

The top court had earlier issued notice to the Centre and refused to pass an interim order staying the law without hearing the Centre.

The Centre had filed its affidavit before the apex court saying that the CAA Act is a “benign piece of legislation” which does not affect the “legal, democratic or secular rights” of any of the Indian Citizens.

The CAA does not violate any fundamental right, the Centre had said while terming the legislation legal and asserted that there was no question of it violating constitutional morality.

The petitions contended that the Act, which liberalises and fast-tracks the grant of citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, promotes religion-based discrimination.

The amendments have also been challenged on several other grounds, including violation of secularism, Articles 21 (right to life), 15 (prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth) and 19 (right to freedom), as well as provisions on citizenship and constitutional morality.

The 2019 Act amended the Citizenship Act, 1955, which makes illegal migrants eligible for citizenship if they (a) belong to the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian communities, and (b) are from Afghanistan, Bangladesh or Pakistan. It only applies to migrants who entered India on or before December 31, 2014. As per the amendment, certain areas in the Northeast are exempted from the provision. (ANI)

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Ajit Doval on Terrorism

Cross-Border, ISIS-Inspired Terrorism Continue To Pose Threat: NSA Doval

National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Tuesday highlighted that cross-border terrorism and ISIS-inspired terrorism continues to pose a threat to humanity.

Addressing a conference in the national capital on the role of Ulema in fostering a culture of Interfaith Peace and Social harmony in India and Indonesia, Doval said “As you all are aware, both our countries have been victims of terrorism and separatism. While we have overcome the challenges to a considerable extent, the phenomenon of cross-border and ISIS-inspired terrorism continues to pose a threat. Cooperation of the civil society is essential in countering the threat from ISIS-inspired individual terror cells and returnees from theatres like Syria and Afghanistan.”
The national security advisor said that the aim of today’s discussion is to bring together Indian and Indonesian Ulema and scholars who can take forward the cooperation in promoting tolerance, harmony and peaceful co-existence.

“This will bolster the fight against violent extremism, terrorism and radicalisation,” Doval said.

“None of the ends for which extremism, radicalisation and the misuse of religion are employed are justifiable on any ground. This is a distortion of religion against which all of us need to raise our voices. Extremism and terrorism is against the very meaning of Islam because Islam means peace and well-being (Salamati/Asalaam). Opposition to such forces should not be painted as a confrontation with any religion. That is a ruse”, he said.

“Instead, we should focus on the real message of our religions, which stands for the values of humanism, peace and understanding. Indeed, as the Holy Quran itself teaches, killing one person is like killing all humanity and saving one is akin to saving humanity. Islam ordains that the most excellent form of Jihad is ‘Jihad Afzal’ – that is, Jihad against one’s senses or ego- and not against innocent civilians,” Doval further said.

Top Indonesian minister Mohammed Mahfud MD is in Delhi on the invitation of National Security Advisor Doval.

Mahfud, the Coordinating Minister for the Political, Legal, and Security Affairs of Indonesia is accompanied by a high-level delegation of Ulema.

Visiting Ulema from Indonesia will also be interacting with their Indian counterparts. The discussion will be on the ‘Role of Ulema in fostering a culture of interfaith peace and social harmony in India and Indonesia’.

“Ulema play a very important role in Islamic society and the objective of such discussion is to bring together Indian and Indonesian Ulema and scholars who can take forward the cooperation to promote tolerance, harmony and peaceful co-existence and counter violent extremism and radicalization,” a source told ANI.

There will be three sessions, first on Islam: Continuity and Change, second on Harmonizing inter-faith society: Practice and Experience and last session will be on Countering Radicalization and Extremism in India and Indonesia.

During the visit, Ulema from Indonesia will also be interacting with leaders from other faiths. Indonesia has the world’s largest Muslim population.

NSA Doval had visited Indonesia for the second Indo- Indonesia security dialogue in March this year. NSA then invited minister Mehfud to India. (ANI)

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