All religious and linguistic minorities should vote to defeat communal, fundamentalists and divisive forces : Asif
Mr. S M Asif, National President of the All India Minorities Front (AIMF) has appealed to all religious and linguistic minorities to decide amongst themselves a common consensus candidate across party lines who could defeat communal, fundamentalist and divisive forces in each and every constituency and ensure that each and every vote goes to such a candidate, in the larger interest of the country and the democracy.
The Opporessed and depressed sections should unite in their battle of ballot in the ensuing assembly elections and discuss amongst themselves the winnablity of a progressive and secular candidate, so as to defuse communal divide and disharmony, that is already taking a centre stage in almost all the segments.
Mr. Asif in a multi lingual appeal cautioned that some elements are out to create panic and disharmony and only unity of these classes can be a befitting reply to such elements, by way of defeat. He hoped that people would use their wisdom and elect such candidates who are away from communal, fundamentalist and divisive mindset
: September 16, 2016:
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Hamid Ansari has said that development is the key priority for each of the countries in the NAM group, and that accordingly, the theme of peace, sovereignty and solidarity for development had been chosen as the theme for this year’s summit. He was addressing media onboard the Special Aircraft today en-route to Venezuela to participate in the 17th NAM Summit on September 17-18, 2016.
Placing the upcoming NAM Summit within the historical context, the Vice President said that Non-Aligned Summits or the Movement itself were not new to India, having been part of the group since its founding in 1961. Though the concerns of member-states in 1961 were primarily those of securing independence in the context of decolonization, over the years the agenda has partially changed in keeping with the times. One priority that has however remained constant for the NAM grouping and for each and every member country, is that of ensuring development, the Vice President said. Under the theme of peace, sovereignty and solidarity for development, the primary issue is how to devote one’s energies for development. For this peace is an essential requirement, as well as the solidarity amongst nations with converging objectives, he added.
Responding to a question on whether there had been a change in India’s foreign policy, the Vice President said our foreign policy, like domestic policies, is intended to achieve a set of objectives and to determine the best methodology for doing so. Methodologies may be adjusted or may undergo a change but the objective – of representing India’s interests – do not change, he added.
Responding to a question on terrorism, the Vice President said that NAM is an important forum, and that India would certainly raise the issue, as it has been raising in other fora. He further said that terror is something which impedes everything. Our objective is development and for that we need peace, both at the domestic and international level. These things are being interrupted by terrorism and therefore has to be addressed, he added.