MUCH MORE TOGETHER

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Jul 2017 09:11:56


 

India, Israel and US can form a triumvirate in influencing global strategy towards technology sharing in human development and environment protection, world peace and war against terror. These are all urgent needs and concerns of every civilised nation for a better world.

 

 

 

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel is being hailed among other reasons for marking the first official visit by a sitting Indian Prime Minister to that country in 70 years of our Independence. Now at the hindsight, it seems surprising that for all these decades, no Prime Minister from our country found it necessary to visit this important nation. As part of the recent visit by Modi, at least seven important MoUs were inked with Israel for strategic partnership in several spheres from technology to water, from space to defence and agriculture. The countries also vowed to do ‘much more together’ to combat growing radicalisation and terrorism, pitching for ‘strong measures’ against those financing and providing sanctuaries to terror groups. One of the important MoUs signed was the setting up of a 40 million US dollar Technology Fund for India-Israel industrial research and development. Apart from the MoUs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also had a long discussion with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu at Tel-Aviv on varied global issues including the possibilities of the West Asia peace process. Israel was elated at having the State head of the largest democracy in the world for the first time in their country. The Indian Diaspora had a rare opportunity of seeing their PM from such close quarters and the affiliation and bonding with their mother country saw a renewed vigour. “Our goal is to build a relationship that reflects our shared priorities and draws on enduring bonds between our people,” Modi, said in a joint media appearance with Netanyahu. Modi said that India and Israel lived in ‘complex geographies’ and were aware of ‘strategic threats’ to regional peace and stability. Both countries have been suffering in their own ways from sectarianism and violence of years. “India has suffered first-hand the violence and hatred spread by terror. So has Israel,” Modi rightly said. Netanyahu said that the two countries needed to co-operate in the field of counter-terrorism as he described 26/11 as a “horrible terrorist attack.” Terrorism no doubt was high on the list of priority issues that the two heads discussed extensively, chalking out ways to co-operate and contribute to ending the global menace. The two leaders recognised that terrorism posed a grave threat to global peace and stability and reiterated their strong commitment to combating it in all its forms and manifestations. They stressed that there could be no justification for acts of terror on any grounds whatsoever. Both leaders also committed to co-operate for the early adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT). Apart, in the water sector, two agreements were signed to increase co-operation on water conservation and state water utility reform in India. In the agriculture sector, the two countries have agreed for India-Israel Development Co-operation - a three-year work programme in agriculture from 2018 to 2020. They also agreed for co-operation in atomic clocks. Besides, separate MoUs were signed on co-operation in GEO-LEO optical link and in Electric Propulsion for small satellites. Israel is a militarily and technologically advanced nation and like India, is a fast developing country. Commonalities between the two countries are many— culturally as well as economically and technologically. Israel is an Asian nation in spirit and a European one in approach, both of which broaches well for India. Coincidentally, when Modi said ‘I’ for ‘I’ means ‘I’ndia for ‘I’srael and Israel for India, it only underscored this union, thereby further bolstering the emotional quotient the two countries share. Israeli President Rivlin described Modi as one of the greatest leaders in the world. “We have a lot in common and doing a lot in common. We understood very well about your thought about the need to help partners who will ‘Make in India,’” Rivlin said. “...We are doing a lot in order to fulfil your ideas about ‘Make in India,’ he added, thereby giving a boost to the PM’s pet initiative to make India self-reliant and economically stronger. “President Rivlin is admired in India for his unstinting belief and common good of mankind, I thank him for his friendship and his warm hospitality,” wrote Modi. This bonhomie between the two countries will go a long way in shaping the future course of much of world affairs. Both of the nations India and Israel are militarily well-equipped and advanced nations and both stand for peace and technological and scientific development. Israel’s conducive alignment with the US further paves way for a progressive roadmap of the future. India, Israel and US can form a triumvirate in influencing global strategy towards technology sharing in human development and environment protection, world peace and war against terror. These are all urgent needs and concerns of every civilised nation for a better world. There are various ways the three countries could influence and help each other in scientific innovations and economic activities through trade and greater military, technological and strategic ties. Much as India has to give to the world, she also needs regular access to high-end technological advancements for its own industrial and economic needs, for which it needs longterm cordial interactions with important nations. India-US and US-Israel relationships are already strong—Israel was the only missing link for India, which was finally restored by India through the PM’s initiative. India badly needs to enhance her strategic ties with friendly nations not to get isolated in global affairs, which the previous Governments have led her to. This is a new-age world where affairs have to be run through partnerships and co-operation. A policy like that of China or Pakistan, which prides on belligerence and self-aggrandisement, is harmful to a country’s own future. Better the friendship and alignment between nations, better it is for humanity and the health of the planet. Humanity is already fraught with unending problems and globally, all nations should take efforts to assuage them to the best of their capability. There is no point fighting on insignificant issues and adding to the woes of an already troubled world. All the world has common problems to share and we should strategise together to defeat the negative forces which more or less plague us all with varying intensities. Modi, from the very start of his day in office, has made it a point to join hands with all and work towards the progress of humanity. He has travelled the world and invited all to India with an open heart to share in each others’ happiness and sorrow. By the way, not that all countries have realised its value, but in turn, it is India’s stature that has risen by her egalitarian worldview. We need to pursue this doggedly. The world badly needs peace and love. India can show the way