'Democracy can deliver': Modi kicks off UNGA address with personal note


By Nikhila Natarajan

United Nations, Sep 25 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi struck a deeply personal note in his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, rewinding to his roots as a "poor boy" who sold tea in a small town and rose to the country's highest political office.

"Democracy can deliver. Democracy has delivered," he said within minutes of kicking off the weekend leg of UNGA speeches.

Modi came to New York fresh off the Quad summit on Friday when he also held a bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden at the White House.

The first in-person leader-level Quad meeting welcomed India's announcement to resume exports of Covid vaccines, including to COVAX, beginning October 2021.

The triage between Japan, Australia and India on this effort headlines immediate deliverables while offering a lens into what the Quad seeks to stand for.

In a joint statement, Quad leaders Modi, Scott Morrison of Australia and Yoshihide Suga of Japan and US President Biden slammed terrorist proxies and cross-border attacks, without naming Pakistan or China.

This messaging came soon after US withdrawal from Afghanistan and deepening mistrust between the US and Pakistan, which remains important to US intelligence because of its proximity to Taliban leaders now in charge of the war-torn nation.

 

  

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  • ad, mangaluru

    Sun, Sep 26 2021

    What is the ground reality in India? Is democracy practiced in India for the past several years? The root of democracy in India was, is and will be delivered none other than the followers Mahatma and Nehru and those belonging their legacy.

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  • Indian, Sharjah

    Sat, Sep 25 2021

    Effect of meeting with USVP Kamla Harris, but what is the ground reality?

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Sat, Sep 25 2021

    democracy is not i.t., c.b.i., e.d., raids against opposition leaders & sedition charges & lynching & peeping on beef eaters. haati ka daant dikaneka alag khaaneka alag.

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  • Evans C Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA.

    Mon, Sep 27 2021

    David Pais, Mangalore, Your comments make sense and it is full of meaning.

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  • Roshan, Mangaluru

    Sat, Sep 25 2021

    Democracy uplifts nation. It is the Democracy advocated and protected by congress govt all throughout past 70yrs, gave chances to crores of people to rule and lead the nation in different levels. The loopholes and shortcomings were there of course, as every benefit can not reach every one overnight. But judiciary, media played its role to protect democracy. Today, under Modi led BJP, nation is ruins and democracy is in threat. Can you believe a photo journalist jumping on a protestor, shot down by police in Assam? It's getting really really bad, both economically and social well being. Dumping BJP is the most sacred act to save nation.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Sat, Sep 25 2021

    He should have spoken the truth about his early ties with RSS ...

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