A clarion call for joint efforts to condemn and combat terrorism emanated from a function organised by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi on September 04, 2018.
It was agonising to watch the horrific visuals of photos displayed at the Photo Exhibition “Terrorism – World-Wide Threat”, the inauguration was carried out on the occasion marking the Day of Solidarity in the Fight against Terrorism.
Besides an elite gathering, the dignitaries who participated included Lt. Col. Mahambet Bisenov, Defence Attache, Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and Col. Ion Minca, Defence Attache, Embassy of Romania.
The photos on brutal terrorist attacks and barbarous bombardments on innocent people, particularly women and children, across the world were apt to turn us heart-broken. The brutally shocking Beslan School No. 1 tragedy, North Ossetia, Russia, in September, 2004, would surely shatter the conscience of human beings. And so were the one near Rizhskaya Metro station, Dubrovka Theatre in October 2002, Moscow Sub-way in February, 2004. The indiscriminate bombings in Kashmir and Mumbai, as also Indian Parliament in December 2001, found a place in the exhibition.
In his passionate account of the world-wide terrorist menace, Major Dalbir Singh, Co-President, International Organisation “Assembly of the Peoples of EURASIA”, made an emphatic note saying that terrorism not only eliminates human lives, but also the culture, civilization and traditions built over centuries of a country. He cited the horrible scenarios in the Middle East, South and South East and Central Asia on this count. He was eloquent in commending upon the consistent joint efforts of India and Russia at international forums.
In an objective assessment of the world scenario on terrorist menace, Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy, Director, Russian Centre of Science and Culture, stressed that terrorism affecting any state, region or country is identical leaving a similar impact on humanity, and there should not be any double standard in dealing with it, either condemning or combating.
Touching upon the timely, humanitarian and serious measures Russia and India jointly undertake, Mr. Rozovskiy referred to the Working Group set up in December 2002, with special emphasis on the deliberation of its 10th session on July 23, 2018.
Mr. Rozovskiy described how the Working Group contemplate on the prospects of enhancing cooperation and exchange of information in combating terrorism in a bilateral format and at key international venues such as the UN, SCO, BRICS and FATE. He underscored the initiative of both sides for having urged the international community to comply with the provisions of international counter-terrorism conventions and protocols, including the principle either to prosecute or extradite persons accused of committing acts of terror.
Sharing his impression on dealing with this crucial issue adversely affecting mankind, Dr. R. B. Singh, General Secretary of India-Russia Friendship Society (Delhi), drew the attention of the audience that our sacred scriptures also gave paramount importance on eliminating terrorism.
Ms. Purnima Anand, President, International Federation of Indo-Russian Youth Clubs and BRICS International Forum, underlined the major role that the dynamic youth of the countries could play in combating this common menace of the century.