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Camp: Dhaka, Bangladesh, 02 April 2017 : Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan who is leading the Indian Parliamentary Delegation to 136th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), called on Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina Wazed in Dhaka today. Smt. Mahajan said that India attaches the highest importance to her relations with Bangladesh and believes that a strong, stable and prosperous Bangladesh is in its best interest. She observed that India stands committed to strengthen this relationship on the basis of friendship, trust and understanding for the mutual benefit of their people and collective prosperity of the entire region. She observed that India is also fully committed to be a partner in the economic development of Bangladesh. Besides, India fully supports Bangladesh’s policy of zero-tolerance against terrorism and stands by its fight against the forces of militancy and terrorism. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed hoped that Bangladesh’s close and historic links with India would continue to guide bilateral relationship in times to come. Earlier today, Lok Sabha Speaker addressed the delegates at the debate on the general theme of the 136thAssembly of IPU 'Redressing Inequalities: Delivering on Dignity and Well-being for all”. On this occasion, Smt. Mahajan emphasized that many existing inequalities have global linkages and solutions are possible only through sustained global efforts. She emphasized that the world community can address inequality effectively and efficiently. Referring to Indian philosophy’s inherent assertion that the individual should grow to benefit the society and encompass the whole universe, Smt. Mahajan emphasized that human dignity cannot be ensured merely through constitutional means. It has to be embedded in the basic Sanskaras – the value system of the society. She recalled that traditional Indian wisdom visualizes the grand idea of the oneness of Atman and Paramaatman – the soul and the supreme and universal oneness of human beings based on 'Chetna' – the collective consciousness. As such, it envisages the growth and transformation of man to the sage/ultimate – nar se narayan, she added. Mentioning that a number of legislations have been enacted from time to time to end discrimination against vulnerable groups of people, she said that India has established many institutions for the welfare and protection of the rights of the disadvantaged groups. Smt. Mahajan emphasized that the recent endorsement by India, of the ambitious 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) would further help bridge the gaps and supplement in the efforts for equitable development by addressing the key challenges such as poverty, inequality, and violence against women. Referring to the South Asian Speakers Conference held in Indore recently, Smt. Mahajan said that the Presiding Officers of the South Asian Countries had unequivocally agreed to work in tandem to address the regional issues of inequality among the citizens in different spheres.



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