Israeli prez praises India as greatest ''show of co-existence''
From Harinder Mishra
Jerusalem, Dec 4 (PTI) Describing it as the "greatest show of co-existence", Israel''s Nobel laureate President Shimon Peres today said India can teach many countries of the world how to deal with delicate problems without compromising on freedom.
"India represents the new world in a unique sense.
Traditionally democracies were trying to bring equality to all walks of life, today there is a change.
"Democracy wants to enable every country to have the equal right to be different; it''s a collection of differences, not an attempt to force or impose equality on every country", Peres said.
Speaking during a ceremony at his official residence where India''s new envoy Jaideep Sarkar presented his credentials, the Presdient said, "I think India is the greatest show of how so many differences in language, in sects can coexist facing great suffering and keeping full freedom...
"Many of the countries in the Middle East should learn from you how to escape poverty. You didn''t escape poverty by getting American dollars or Russian Roubles but by introducing your own internal reforms and by understanding that the new call of modernity is science".
The Israeli President credited the unique role of Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawahlal Nehru in shaping the unique future of India, and especially in tackling the menace of poverty.
"In between the spiritual wealth of Gandhi and the earthly wisdom of Nehru, you combined a great performance of spirit and practice to escape poverty...I know you still have a long way to go but you do it without compromising freedom", he noted.
"The temptation when you''re such a large country to introduce discipline and imposition is great but you tried to do it, to make progress not with force and discipline but in an open way", Peres emphasised.
Expressing his deep appreciation for Indian culture, Israel''s first citizen reminisced how many people in Israel fell in love with Indian literature.
"Many of us were educated on the literature of India when we fell in love we read Rabindranath Tagore and when we matured we tried to understand Gandhi", he said. .