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India will work towards strengthening democracy in Afghanistan: PM
August 30, 2005 16:57 IST
Praising the people of Afghanistan for the courage they have shown by embracing democracy, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in Parliament on Tuesday that India will do whatever it is called upon to do to strengthen democracy and freedom of the war-ravaged country.
Dr Singh, who returned on Monday after a two-day visit to Kabul, said the world looked upon India in the practice of democracy.
"I salute the people of Afghanistan for the courage, fortitude and wisdom they are showing by embracing democracy as a way of life and governance," Dr Singh said.
"We are a unique example of a developing country of such great diversity seeking its salvation through the framework of a democracy," he said in remarks in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha at the end of the month-long monsoon session.
Dr Singh said he felt a deep sense of pride swell up when he heard Afghan President Hamid Karzai stating that India's success in democratic governance had shown to the developing world that democracy is not a characteristic of the advanced western nations alone and that "countries of eastern cultures could also present successful examples of democratic politics".
He quoted remarks by Karzai that by facilitating participation from its people, India has been able to make a stable and pluralistic democracy a reality for Indians. Karzai had stated that "Asian and African countries in general, and Afghanistan in particular, can learn much from the rich experience of India."