Manmohan Singh to Push Growth at Durban BRICS Summit

Manmohan Singh to Push Growth at Durban BRICS Summit

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he looked forward to the 5th BRICS Summit in Durban in finding ways to revive growth, sustain macroeconomic stability and push investments.

In his departure statement ahead of leaving for Durban Monday, the prime minister said he hoped to discuss a host of issues with leaders of other BRICS nations, as also those from Africa invited to the summit, during his bilateral meetings on the margins of the event March 26-27.

"At a time when the world is facing multiple challenges, the Durban Summit provides a useful and timely opportunity to consult and coordinate on a broad range of issues with our BRICS partners," the prime minister said.

"We will discuss ways to revive global growth and ensure macroeconomic stability, as well as mechanisms and measures to promote investment in infrastructure and sustainable development," he added.

"India will also urge faster movement on reform of institutions of global political and economic governance. It is important that BRICS continue to consult on developments affecting global peace and security. "

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh left this morning for the 5th BRICS Summit in Durban to join over the next two days the other leaders of the bloc that comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Besides the BRICs leaders, notably China's newly-elected President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Manmohan Singh is also expected to hold bilateral meetings with some African leaders on the margins of the summit.

The prime minister is accompanied by Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma and National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon, besides senior officials.

India hosted the 4th edition of the BRICS Summit last year and the prime minister is to now hand over the chair to the summit's next hosts South Africa, led by President Jacob Zuma. He is also scheduled to call on Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

The BRICS commands over 25 percent of the world's geographical area, 43 percent of the world's population and a fifth of global gross domestic product.

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Source: IANS
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1: I wonder whether many in India know the state of the affairs. We blame our leaders, but we never try to improve on our own. Practically speaking India being a very diverse country will never achieve full unity amongst all communities and tribes. We say unity in diversity, but this exists only on paper not in real life. For example, in a family of many siblings we see there are differences amongst them. If we Indians (by numbers not percentage) are so well educated and well informed why can't we rule ourselves. This clearly shows the incapability of Indians to rule their own country. History has already shown when India was ruled by many rulers starting from Alexander the Great to lately by the Britishers. It will continue to be so. Why we make noises too much without introspecting on our past? Have we ever thought why ruled by others for many hundreds of years and even thousand years? Don't we have some capable leaders of our own? We certainly have, but most of our own people want the other way round. We want others to rule over us, not someone amongst us. It will be not surprising to see that we continue to be the same in the near future.
Many Indians have been successful outside the country, but they partially failed to achieve the same. We have foolish philosophers and thinkers because of which we continue to be the same even after more than 65 years of Independence. There are regionalism, communalism, casteism and all shorts of problems. In every sphere 'I'and 'My' dominate not 'We' and 'Our'. As long as we have such mentality we will continue to suffer for our own action. We are a nation of mostly unrighteous people. We don't seek the truth and pursue righteousness. We run after our own pleasures and desires and self-centered natures. I can bet anyone in this regard. Our people may worship thousand gods and goddesses or may be only one God, but in reality we worship our own pride, desires, pleasures, egoism, hatred, and so on. My dear people come out from your sense of stubbornness and foolish philosophies.
Posted by:Marching Forward - 26 Mar, 2013
2: I once had a high respect for this man. not anymore.
time for a change and time to take the italian factor out of the Indian Politics.
Posted by:raj - 25 Mar, 2013