'Terrorism a means of waging war in the contemporary world’: India at the UN
Speaking at an event to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, India reaffirmed its commitment to fight terrorism with global cooperation
Terrorism has emerged as one of the means of waging war in the contemporary world and it can only be defeated by global action, India has said at the United Nations.
Highlighting the issue of terrorism, India’s first Secretary at United Nations in New York, Ashish Sharma said on Monday, “Terrorism has emerged as one of the means of waging war in the contemporary world. It threatens to engulf the world in a carnage similar to what we witnessed during the two World Wars. Terrorism is a global phenomenon and can only be defeated by a global action."
Speaking at a UN event on the 75th anniversary of the end of World War 2, Sharma said that it is an opportunity to reaffirm the commitment to the most fundamental principle and purpose of the United Nations that is to ensure that successive generations are saved from the scourge of war.
Further, he highlighted the role Indian soldiers had played and how they had "participated in the war effort in the millions and suffered immense casualties".
Despite being under colonial occupation, India contributed 2.5 million soldiers who fought in every theatre of World War II, from North Africa to Europe and as far east as Hong Kong.
The Indian Army was also the largest volunteer force ever raised in history, of which 87,000 died or went missing and over a hundred thousand suffered grave injuries.
“We salute the valiant young men and women and people of all the countries who fought to save the world. Indian soldiers had participated in the war effort in the millions and suffered immense casualties,” he said.
Saluting these valiant young men and women and people of all the countries, Sharma said it was "disheartening" to note that despite the contributions of thousands of volunteers from the colonial world to the war efforts of the Allied forces, the contributions of these brave men and women have not been given their due recognition.
"Although the battlefronts of Europe were romanticized in novels, history books, and films, much of the war was fought in and over colonies controlled by the colonial powers, with front lines springing up from North Africa to East Asia," he said.