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Afternoon briefing: PM on Kashi's renewed capability, Jaishankar cautions against China's 'mind game'; all latest news

Feb 23, 2024 01:17 PM IST

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Kashi's capability and form are being embellished again and is a matter of pride for the entire country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday. Speaking at the prize distribution ceremony of Sansad Sanskrit Pratiyogita at the Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, PM Modi said, “Seeing you (students) all makes me proud and gives immense satisfaction that you all will take the country to newer heights during 'Amrit Kaal'.” “You know that we are just 'nimitt matr' (only means). The 'doer' in Kashi is Mahadev. Wherever there is Mahadev's blessing, that land turns prosperous just like this. Right now, Mahadev is very happy. So with his blessings, in 10 years, Kashi saw the 'damru' of development playing in all directions.” PM Modi distributed prizes to winners of Sansad Sanskrit Pratiyogita during his visit to Varanasi. He congratulated all winners of the competition and also extended wishes to their parents on their wards' win. Dig Deeper

Prime Minister Narendra Modi(HT Photo/Deepak Gupta)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi(HT Photo/Deepak Gupta)

External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Friday cautioned China's mind game’ of a narrow focus solely on bilateral dynamics, saying India should not forgo its rights of harnessing “other factors in the world” to “get better terms on an equilibrium.” When asked whether would India and China finally find a balance in their relationship, Jaishankar, participating in the Raisina Dialogue 2024, noted China's earlier and more intensive economic expansion, juxtaposing it against India's more recent and evolving growth story. “But it’s in the nature of things that at some stage everybody flattens out. So, there will be a period where they will be flattening out and we will be growing,” he said. Jaishankar highlighted the inevitability of both nations converging, citing projections by Goldman Sachs suggesting that by 2075, both countries could boast $50 trillion economies. Dig Deeper

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