Move on Azhar is a big victory for us: Ex-envoy
If women are less educated, it leads to large families. Over five per cent of the world population resides in Arab countries, while 37 per cent of the world refugees are in these countries, indicated Prof Susser.
PUNE: ‘‘It is a big diplomatic victory for India and our friends and partners like France, US and UK who have helped us a lot in getting this designation done,” said Gautam Bambawale, Indian diplomat and former Ambassador to China and Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan. He was speaking to the media at MCCIA, about United Nations formally naming Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.
“But we must also be realistic,” he added. “This is only one battle. There is a larger war to be fought against terrorism and cross-border terrorism. To win that war, we will need to continue to achieve these victories. Even if China opposes certain things that we want to do, there are ways to outflank China. China agreeing for designating Masood Azhar as a global terrorist is a lesson in diplomacy for all of us.’’
Bambawale was present at MCCIA to attend a lecture by Prof Asher Susser, Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern History at Tel Aviv University, on the topic ‘Israel, Iran and the Arabs; The Middle East of the 21st Century’.
“Middle East of 21st century is not the Arab world as it is used to be. Arab countries have declined economically, politically and also in terms of their power in the region. This is due to lack of political freedom, a deficit of first world education and gender equality,’’ said Prof Susser in his lecture.
Susser said, ‘‘Arab spring is the expression of the lack of hope from the young people who are not able to see any future for them. For them, after childhood comes boyhood, which is followed by waiting. Waiting for a decent education and job. None of which is about to happen.’’
Susser also mentioned that the lack of political freedom and access to first world education creates a lack of innovation. ‘‘As there is a traditional objection to women working, half of the population doesn’t work, which affects the economic situation. If women are less educated, it leads to large families. Over five per cent of the world population resides in Arab countries, while 37 per cent of the world refugees are in these countries. Arab society is deeply divided in political Islam and it is weakening the Arab world states,’’ Susser said.
The lecture was organised by Pune International Centre (PIC), Ananta Aspen Centre, Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and Tel Aviv University.
Prashant Girbane, Director, PIC and Sujith Haridas of Ananta Aspen Centre were present among the dignitaries.