PM Modi At UNGA: 'India The Nation That Gave World Buddha, Not Yuddh'

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In his address at the 74th UNGA session on Friday, PM Narendra Modi called for the world to join hands in the fight against terrorism across the world.

Written By Monica Aggarwal | Mumbai | Updated On:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Friday, In his speech, he asserted that India has played a pivotal in the UN Peacekeeping Missions across the world and the fight against terrorism. PM Modi added that India had given the Buddha and not war (Yuddh), maintaining that India will continue its fight against terrorism across the world.

"For the UN Peacekeeping Missions, if any country has given the biggest sacrifices, it is India. We are the people of that country which has not given war to the world, but has given Buddha to the world. We have given the message of peace to the world. (Hum us desh ke waasi hai jisne duniya ko yuddh nahi Buddha diye hai, shanti ka Sandesh dia hai) This is why, there is seriousness and anger in our voice against terrorism around the world," PM Modi said in his address at UNGA.

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PM Modi further appealed the world to join hands in India's fight against terrorism, adding that the world divided in the name of terrorism is breaking the spirit of the United Nations. 

"The world, which is divided in the name of terrorism, breaks the spirit of the UN, with which it was formed, and for humanity, I appeal the world to come together in the fight against terrorism," PM Modi added. 

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PM Modi's call for fight against terrorism

During his multiple speeches at the United Nations, PM Modi has made calls for fight against terrorism in order to maintain peace around the world.  He reiterated the call for fight against terrorism in his address at the Leaders' Dialogue on Strategic Responses to Terrorist and Violent Extremist Narratives, held on the sidelines of the 74th UN General Assembly session on Monday. The Prime Minister had said that terrorist attacks anywhere in the world should be considered as an act of terrorism -- "not more or less" or "good or bad". He called for institutionalisation of counterterrorism cooperation at the multilateral level, asserting that India will work towards enhancing ongoing cooperation and capacity building of friendly countries in this area.

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India-Pakistan relations

PM Modi's remarks at the UNGC have come in the wake of tensed relations between India and Pakistan. While Pakistan had called for talks with India on several occasions, India has maintained that talks will take place with the neighboring country only when it will take stringent action against the terror activities perpetrating on its soil. 

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