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Naidu invokes Nehru in Serbian parliament

IANS  |  Belgrade 

Observing that the has evolved as a democratic forum that listens and responds to diverse concerns, Vice M. has invoked first in the to highlight the importance of democracy for participatory development.

On the occasion of International Day of Democracy, on Saturday addressed the special session of the wherein he recalled the shared vision with which leaders of both the countries played a key role in launching the (NAM).

"Our ties started on a strong foundation of a shared global view of Non-Aligned Movement and we together created a large platform for the third world. The changes in global geo-now again give us an opportunity to work together for mutual benefit and for sharing prosperity with others," said addressing Serbian lawmakers.

Recalling Nehru's 1961 address at Conference of Non-Aligned nations in Belgrade, Naidu said: "His call which rings so true and relevant even today was to build in our own countries societies where freedom is real.

"Freedom is essential, because freedom will give us strength and enable us to build prosperous societies," he said quoting Nehru and added: "We must strive to strengthen our democratic polities and internalize the concepts of freedom, dialogue, inclusion and rule of law in our governance structures."

Giving an detailed account of the growth and consolidation of parliamentary democracy in India, Naidu said the has "evolved as a democratic forum that attentively listens to complex voices from different parts of the vast country and responds to diverse concerns with agility".

The Vice also had detailed discussions with Serbian and on various bilateral and multilateral issues.

He gave a detailed account of India's progress in various fields including an enabling, predictable and reform oriented financial and offering mutually beneficial partnerships.

Voicing concerns over the menace of terrorism, he called for early finalisation of draft Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT).



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First Published: Sun, September 16 2018. 17:06 IST