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Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor, has indirectly criticized China by urging that the BRICS group (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) work together to identify terrorists and their proxies under the UN counter-terrorism sanctions mechanism.
However, the NSA underlined the significance of executing this procedure free of politics and biased criteria. In essence, he asked the BRICS countries to take a fair and unbiased approach to counter-terrorism measures.
Ajit Doval made the statements during a meeting of the BRICS nations’ National Security Advisors on Tuesday. China was represented by Wang Yi, who had recently been reappointed as the country’s foreign minister following the removal of his predecessor, Qin Gang.
Wang previously served as China’s foreign minister from 2013 to 2022 and is now the director of the ruling Communist Party of China’s foreign affairs department, making him the country’s top diplomat.
Ajit Doval pointed out that China, a staunch supporter of Pakistan, has continuously delayed moves at the United Nations Security Council to designate Lashkar-e-Taiba and other Pakistan-based operators as international terrorists.
Doval stated that the BRICS countries might establish common ground and collaborate to resolve counter-terrorism measures. “It is critical that the UN Security Council sanctions committee’s decision-making is free of politicization and double standards,” he stated.
Ajit Doval on Terrorism
Terrorism is a huge danger to national peace and security, according to Ajit Doval, who spoke at the 13th BRICS National Security Advisors (NSAs) meeting. The BRICS bloc, which includes Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, met to discuss security and cooperation among member countries.
“Terror organisations in the Af-Pak region continue to operate with impunity,” he said.
Doval emphasized that the meeting of the BRICS NSAs occurred during a period of substantial transformation in the international security landscape.
He stated that non-traditional concerns such as food, water, and energy security are under stress, and South Africa’s inclusion of these topics in the BRICS NSA Meeting demonstrates a clear knowledge of the broader dimensions of security.
According to Doval, water security is a major worldwide concern, and appropriate water usage and conservation should be a shared responsibility.
He stressed the disturbing trend of water weaponry and the critical need for complete openness and unrestricted information exchange, particularly with regard to shared cross-border water resources.
“Water politicization must be addressed,” he stated.
India Conflict On Tibet Dam Construction
India has raised alarm about China’s dam construction in Tibet, which affects the Brahmaputra River, raising concerns about water security and regional cooperation.
Doval highlighted the United Nations’ designation of 2023 as the International Year of Millets, underlining India’s support for educational and behavioral approaches to environmental conservation. He referred to programs in India such as Lifestyle for Environment (LiFE), which aim to encourage sustainable lifestyles and individual contributions to environmental conservation.
According to Doval, India is a prominent player in the global food supply system and has helped several countries during the pandemic.
He stated that, in addition to food, there was a need to assure unfettered access of fertilizers.
According to Doval, today’s fertiliser deficit could lead to a food crisis tomorrow.
He stated that the importance of research and development is paramount in the cyber arena in order to combat common dangers and risks posed by emerging technology.
He was pleased that the BRICS working group on ICTs had selected some cutting-edge areas for research, such as AI, quantum computing, cloud security, Blockchain, and the Internet of Things.
He stated that the potential given by the digital age would also bring problems, as well as the need to work together to strengthen cyber defenses, develop international cooperation, and construct a robust national cyberinfrastructure. He stated that cyber-attacks have no boundaries, and that the nexus between cyber criminals and terrorists is a growing worry.
According to Doval, supply chain disruptions have had a disproportionate impact on disadvantaged groups’ food security. This is a shared commitment and shared obligation that must be handled immediately, he said.
He stressed the importance of having a reliable and economical supply of vital materials for the development of sustainable energy technology.
One of the focuses of India’s G20 presidency will be to raise the concerns of developing countries, Doval said, adding that India is proposing to form a worldwide biofuel alliance under the G-20.