With India and Japan unable to seal the civil nuclear cooperation agreement so far, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday tried to assuage Tokyo’s concerns by saying that commitment to peace and non-violence is in the “DNA of Indian society”.
Responding to a question from a Japanese student at the Sacred Heart University here, Modi said that India was committed to peace, and that this commitment had “significance far above any international treaties or processes”.
Responding to another question, Modi called for India and Japan to focus on shared values of “democracy, development, and peace”, saying this effort would be similar to lighting a lamp in the dark.
The PM also said that India was the land of Lord Buddha, who lived for peace, and spread the same message across the world.
“India won its freedom through non-violent means. For thousands of years, India has believed in the principle of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the whole world is our family),” he said.
He added, “When we consider the whole world as our family, how can we even think of doing anything that would harm or hurt anyone?”
The question was asked in the context of India recently ratifying the Additional Protocol on Safeguards Agreement signed with the IAEA, which will allow inspectors of the atomic watchdog to have easy access to India’s civil nuclear facilities.
Indian and Japanese interlocutors have been negotiating the civil nuclear agreement, but the non-proliferation concern is one of the major issues which prevented the deal from fructifying so far.