PM Modi’s first NAM meeting: Says terrorism and fake news deadlier than viruses

On Monday, the Indian Prime Minister joined over 30 heads of states and governments of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) member states in an online summit. This is the first time the Indian Prime Minister took part in the summit of NAM since becoming the Prime Minister of the country in 2014.

Pakistan was recently exposed for spreading fake news related to India. The Indian Prime Minister rightly used the opportunity to raise concerns regarding Pakistan’s terrorism, fake news, and doctored videos.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised concerns at his first NAM summit that included Pakistan’s President Dr Arif Alvi and said, “Even as the world fights Covid-19, some people are busy spreading other deadly viruses such as terrorism, such as fake news & doctored videos to divide communities and countries.”

Pakistan was exposed for spreading fake news about discrimination and minority persecution to the Muslims in India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised the concern over Pakistan’s repeated activities in terrorism, spreading of fake news and doctored videos in the NAM summit.

Many member countries in the NAM are also members of the OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation). These countries put out statements about alleged discrimination of Muslims in India at the behest of Pakistan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also said in the NAM summit that, “Covid-19 has shown us the limitations of the existing international system. In the post-COVID world, we need a new template of globalisation based on fairness, equality and humanity. We need international institutions that are more representative of today’s world; we need to promote human welfare and not focus on economic growth alone.”

The Prime Minister also said, “India is regarded as a pharmacy of the world, especially for affordable medicines. Despite our own needs, we have ensured medical supplies to over 123 partner countries, including 59 members of NAM.” 

This was the first time the Prime Minister took part in the NAM summit after assuming office as the Prime Minister of India. PM Modi did not attend the NAM summit held in 2016 and 2019.

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