Sunday, November 29, 2009

No one can have two viewpoints about terrorism. There is no religion of terrorism.______Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan

"There is no religion of terrorism," said Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan in New Delhi Sunday evening at a public event a year after the Mumbai terror attacks.

"Indian civilisation does not distinguish in terms of religion. We are an impossible achievement in the world and I'm very proud to be an Indian," he added, speaking at public event held at the sprawling lawns of the India Gate to show the nation's solidarity against terrorism.

"No one can have two viewpoints about terrorism. There is no religion of terrorism. I am often asked my viewpoint on this, maybe because I am a Muslim and I am very proud to be a Muslim," said Shah Rukh.

"But I have read the Quran, listened to the Gita, acted in Ram Leela... and learnt Christianity besides being a Muslim... My friends and I have worked on a film on Buddha (Asoka) and my wife is a Punjabi," the super star stressed.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

US, India to seal anti-terror pact

US and India will sign a pact on intelligence sharing and counter-terrorism during the Prime Minister's visit, one of nearly a dozen agreements to be inked during the visit. Details of the pact are not being disclosed yet, but such was the importance of the agreement that CIA Director Leon Panetta flew down to New Delhi last week to discuss details with his Indian counterparts before the fine print could be drawn up. The agreement could involve exchanging and stationing more intelligence personnel in the two countries, including mobile units, to facilitate better interaction.

Kashmir borders can't be redrawn, says PM Manmohan

"I have publicly stated that there can be no redrawing of borders (in Jammu and Kashmir)," the Prime Minister said.

"...but our two countries can work together to ensure that these are borders of peace, that people-to-people contacts grow in a manner in which people do not even worry whether they are located on this side of the border or that side," he told CNN in an interview aired yesterday.
"If trade is free, if people-to-people contacts (are there) and our both countries competing with each other to enable people on both sides to lead the life of dignity and self respect. Those are issues, which we can discuss, we can reach agreement," he said.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The more freely information flows, the stronger a society becomes

He told the world's largest online population that the free flow of information online could be a source of strength.

"The more freely information flows, the stronger a society becomes," he said. "Citizens can hold their own governments accountable, they can begin to think for themselves. That generates new ideas and encourages creativity."

Friday, November 6, 2009

India and the EU stand together in combating terrorism which is a serious threat to international peace and security

"We reviewed the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan and emphasised the need for concerted international action to combat terrorism," Manmohan Singh said.

"What happens in Afghanistan and Pakistan affects us intimately more than any other country in the world. We have vital stakes in the peace, progress and stability of not only Afghanistan but also Pakistan," the prime minister said.

"We hope the international community will stay the course in meeting these problems. It requires collective efforts on part of the international community."

Expanding counter-terror cooperation figured prominently in discussions between Manmohan Singh and the EU leaders at the daylong summit here.

"We have agreed to work towards an early finalisation of the agreement between Europol (the nodal criminal intelligence unit of the EU) and India," he said.

"India and the EU stand together in combating terrorism which is a serious threat to international peace and security," said Reinfeldt.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

U.S. set to pay Taliban members to switch sides

"Afghan leaders and our military say that local Taliban fighters are motivated largely by the need for a job or loyalty to the local leader who pays them and not by ideology or religious zeal," Levin said in a Senate floor speech on September 11. "They believe an effort to attract these fighters to the government's side could succeed, if they are offered security for themselves and their families, and if there is no penalty for previous activity against us."