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Terrorism, climate change biggest challenges: Modi

Terrorism, climate change biggest challenges: Modi
PM Narendra Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in attend an unveiling ceremony for a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Seoul, Thursday. (AP/PTI)
Seoul, Feb 21 (PTI): | Publish Date: 2/22/2019 12:00:00 AM IST

Prime Minister NarendraModi on Thursday said terrorism and climate change are two biggest challenges mankind is facing now and Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings can help the world to address the pressing issues.

Modi, who arrived here on a two-day visit to strengthen India’s strategic ties with South Korea, along with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon unveiled a bust of Mahatma Gandhi at the prestigious Yonsei University here.

“It is a matter of great honour and my good fortune to unveil the bust of Mahatma Gandhi in Korea’s premier university today,” Modi said.

“This occasion assumes greater significance since we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of Gandhi and for the world he is the foremost messiah,” he said. “Terrorism and climate change are two biggest challenges mankind is facing now,” he said and underlined that Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings can help the world address the pressing issues.

“In the last century through his personality, through his life and values, Mahatma Gandhi showed us what the future will be. In fact he used to say my life is my lesson,” said the prime minister.

“Mahatma Gandhi used to say the God and nature have given everything to fulfil a human being’s need but not the greed. The natural resources are not enough if we want to satisfy our greed. He used to say our life should be need based and not greed based,” Modi said.

“Gandhi used to say we don’t have the right to take away the natural resources that belong to the future generations. We should leave a better world for them so that they could breath clean air, get clean water,” the prime minister said. Modi is visiting South Korea on the invitation of President Moon Jae-in. This is his second visit to the Republic of Korea since 2015 and second summit meeting with President Moon Jae-in.

After unveiling Mahatma Gandhi’s bust, the prime minister met the mayor of South Korean city Gimhae and gifted him a Bodhi tree sapling as a mark of close ties between the two countries. 

An agreement was signed in 2000 by the two countries to develop Ayodhya and Gimhae as sister cities, following which a memorial was constructed in Ayodhya which is visited by a large number of tourists from South Korea every year.

People in South Korea believe that 2,000 years ago, an Ayodhya princess had married Korean King Kim Suro. At present, their descendants are members of the ‘Crock Clan’.

Members of India-Korea Parliamentary Friendship Group also called on the prime minister and discussed the role of Parliament in improving bilateral relations.

 

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