Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin lauds Indian American community


The achievements and success of the Indian-American community has contributed greatly to India’s diplomatic efforts at the United Nations and elsewhere, India’s Permanent Representa-tive to the UN Syed Akbaruddin, said here on December 21st.

The Envoy to the UN was speaking at a TV Asia question-and-answer session aired live, praised the diaspora for bringing atten-tion to India.

“We are more effective now because of you, the community,” Akbaruddin said at the session attended by more than a hun-dred representatives of Indian-American organizations in the tri-state area.

Akbarudding stressed that the commu-nity’s success in America had not only drawn more attention to India, but also made the job of diplomacy easier.

The Q and A session lasted more than an hour during which India’s envoy fielded questions on the changing political scene in the U.S. with an incoming Trump adminis-tration and whether the UN was effective in protecting the human rights of people across the world.

Akbaruddin indicated that while there may be some change, India was expecting new perspectives to be presented at the in-ternational body and was prepared to deal with the issues within the framework of the United Nations.

On human rights, a question asked by a 12-year old student, Akbaruddin said it was up to the member-nations of the U.N. to adhere to human rights in order for the organization to be successful. He also said India’s demand for permanent member-ship on the UN Security Council may take a while. “It was a very interesting and educa-tional sesion and people got an opportunity to ask questions and meet the Ambassador personally,” said H.R. Shah, chairman and CEO of TV Asia.

Meanwhile, India has renewed its de-mand for international action against Paki-stan-based terrorist groups Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and “their shadowy supporters,” and Syed Akbaruddin, India’s envoy to the Unit-ed Nations, today cited a quote from poet Rumi to send to warn Pakistan.

“Every leaf that grows will tell you: What you sow will bear fruit. So, if you have any sense my friend, don’t plant anything but peace,” Akbaruddin said, quoting the great Persian poet in a Security Council ses-sion on the situation in Afghanistan.

The UN envoy’s remark was an appar-ent reference to terrorist groups operating with support from Pakistan in neighbouring Afghanistan. He said that to bring sustain-able peace to Afghanistan, groups perpe-trating violence in the country must be de-nied safe havens in its “neighbourhood.”

“We need to address, as an impera-tive, the support that terrorist organisations like the Taliban, Haqqani Network, Daesh, al-Qaeda and its designated affiliates such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Jaish-e-Mo-hammed which operate entirely outside the fabric of international law draw from their shadowy supporters outside Afghanistan,” Akbaruddin said.