Rape is a rape, shouldn't be politicized: Modi

Joanna Estrada
April 20, 2018

My equity is the support of a billion Indians.

The comments come amid stinging criticism from India's former leader over Modi's alleged mishandling of the issue, following a string of particularly brutal rape cases (http://www.cnn.com/2018/04/16/asia/india-rape-bjp-protests-intl/index.html) which have shocked the nation and triggered countrywide protests. "We are proud of him", said Ansuya Gorasia. It is the other way around and India is backing terrorists in Pakistan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said "rape is rape" and that it should not be politicised. "India's is getting increasingly aspirational", he said.

Modi also interacted with President of Kiribati Taneti Maamau, Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda Gaston Browne and Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago Keith C Rowley.

The partnership, which mainly focuses on three key sectors of life sciences, information technology (IT), and food and drink, will focus on reducing barriers to trade.

Modi will attend this year's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) here on April 19-20, becoming the first Indian Prime Minister since 2009 to attend the biannual event of the grouping of 53 former British colonies. For India, the Commonwealth must be the forum where it provides critical leadership to ensure that the global effort to tackle climate change is fair and equitable and that the transition to a sustainable development pathway while addressing the economic developmental needs of poor and vulnerable member countries.

Terming it as matter of concern, he said, "we always ask our daughters about what they are doing, where they are going". The bilateral talks between Faure and Modi assume significance after Seychelles ordered an inquiry into the leak of a highly classified agreement signed with India to develop infrastructure on Assumption Island, which lies southwest of the mainland of Mahe. "Criticism makes democracy strong", Modi said. It is India which continues to sponsor of acts of terrorism in Pakistan. About 75 per cent of the global value in rupee-denominated "masala bonds" issued on the London Stock Exchange with a third of these being green bonds. They were joined by the Friends of India Society International (FISI) group, which spearheaded a crowd of Indian diaspora from across the United Kingdom waving banners such as Chak De India and Jai Hind outside Downing Street and nearby Parliament Square. With a commitment of £120 million from each side, the GGEF is expected to raise up to £500 million from institutional investors. "While this clearly has Chinese assertiveness in mind, it also provides a template for real active India-UK bilateral cooperation on maritime security, much neglected so far", he said. "For this, we are working with the G20 countries".

Both leaders attested their commitment to crack down on radicalization.

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