A day after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter on Sunday to thank Swaraj for "finally recognising Congress governments’ vision".
Sushma ji, thank you for finally recognising Congress governments' great vision and legacy of setting up IITs and IIMs
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) September 24, 2017
Among other topics like climate change and UN Security Council reforms, Swaraj in her speech on Saturday took a jibe at Pakistan saying that while the world recognised India as a global IT superpower, Pakistan remains infamous as the "pre-eminent export factory for terror".
She cited IIMs and IITs among India’s achievements after Independence, whereas Pakistan had only succeeded in creating terror groups, she said.
"We produced scientists, scholars, doctors, engineers. What have you produced? You have produced terrorists...you have created terrorist camps, you have created Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Hizbul Mujahideen and the Haqqani network," she said, adding that if Pakistan had spent on its development what it has spent on developing terror, both Pakistan and the world would be safer today.
She also praised previous governments in her comparison of India's development with that of Pakistan. Swaraj said, "India has risen despite being the principal destination of Pakistan nefarious export of terrorism.
"There have been many governments under many parties during 70 years of Indian freedom, for we have been a sustained democracy. Every government has done its bit for India's development. We have marched ahead, consistently, without pause, in education, health and across the range of human welfare," she said.
Swaraj's speech was praised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, among many others. In a series of tweets, Modi said, "External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was insightful in identifying global challenges, and strongly reiterated India's commitment to create a better planet."
With inputs from agencies
Published Date: Sep 24, 2017 01:28 pm | Updated Date: Sep 24, 2017 01:29 pm