India’s development cooperation does not come with any conditions:Modi

NEW DELHI, July 30:
India’s development cooperation with other nations does not come with any conditions and is not influenced by political or commercial considerations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted on Thursday.
He also said that India’s approach to development is mainly human-centric and it wants to work for the welfare of humanity.
“Our development partnerships reflect the development priorities of our partner nations,” he said. The Prime Minister was addressing a virtual event of the inauguration of a new Supreme Court building of Mauritius.
Modi and Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth jointly inaugurated the new Supreme Court building at Port Louis.
The new building in Port Louis is a symbol of our cooperation and shared values, Modi said.
“Both India and Mauritius respect our independent judiciaries as important pillars of our democratic systems,” the prime minister observed.
Modi said history has taught us that in the name of development partnerships, nations were forced into “dependence partnerships”.
“It gave rise to colonial and imperial rule. It gave rise to global power blocks and humanity suffered,” he said.
India is making development partnerships that are marked by respect, diversity, care for the future, and sustainable development, he noted.
For India, Modi said, the most fundamental principle in development cooperation is respecting its partners.
“This sharing of development lessons is our only motivation.That is why our development cooperation does not come with any conditions. It is not influenced by political or commercial considerations,” the prime minister asserted.
Modi observed that Mahatma Gandhi had said, “My patriotism includes the good of mankind in general. Therefore, my service to India includes the service of humanity.”
This, Modi said, is India’s guiding philosophy.
“India wants to develop and India wants to help others in their own development needs,” he noted. India’s development partnerships are diverse, he said adding that from commerce to culture, energy to engineering, health to housing, IT to infrastructure, sports to science, India is working with nations across the globe.
“If India is honoured to help in the parliament building in Afghanistan, it is also proud to be associated with the making of the Mahatma Gandhi convention centre in Niger,” he said.
Modi said New Delhi has been happy to help Nepal improve its health services through the construction of an emergency and trauma hospital.
“And we were similarly privileged to support Sri Lanka’s efforts to establish emergency ambulance services in all nine provinces,” he said.
India is glad that the oil pipeline project it is doing with Nepal will help ensure the availability of petroleum products, he said.
Last month, Nepal completed the process to update the country’s political map by incorporating three strategically important Indian areas by amending the Constitution. India has termed as “untenable” the “artificial enlargement” of the territorial claims by Nepal.
Modi said India is contributing towards ensuring the availability of drinking water and sanitation in 34 islands of the Maldives.
“We have tried to make cricket popular in countries as diverse as Afghanistan and Guyana by helping build stadiums and other facilities.
“We are excited to see the young Afghan cricket team trained in India emerge as a force to reckon with,” he said.
India is now providing similar support to develop the talent of the Maldives cricket players.
He also pointed out that India is at the forefront of a major housing project in Sri Lanka.
“India is not only proud to be helping your present. We consider it our privilege to help you create a better future for your youth. That is why training and skilling is such an important part of our development cooperation,” he said. (PTI)