Modi paving ‘third revolution’ in India: Ex-Israel President
NEW DELHI: Nobel Prize winner and former President of
Israel Shimon Peres on Friday lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he is
paving the 'third revolution' in India by combining tradition with the right
technology to take the country to new heights.
"I met yesterday your Prime Minister and he
himself is running the 'third revolution'. The first was introduced by – I
would call him a prophet – Mahatma Gandhi. Then Jawaharlal Nehru looked how to
pave the ground for sustainable India. He did something which is unusual.
Five-year plan from Russia and another from MIT.”
"Then came the Prime Minister (Modi) who has
great experience and wisdom in India itself, and created a 'third revolution'
combining the spirit of Gandhi and the pragmatism of Nehru. We should not give
moral judgement yet, we can bring India to new heights," Peres said.
The 91-year-old Israeli statesman was speaking here at
a discussion on 'Creating a Second Green Revolution in India', organised by
Ananta Centre and Pratt Foundation.
In the area of agriculture, Peres said that India must
make efforts for collaboration between India-Israel-Australia to achieve food
and water security and explore work in marine and medical agriculture.
Since agriculture is a 'complicated business', there
is a need to share farm technologies and use of all sciences between countries
to boost farm output amid challenges of shrinking land and water resources, he
Peres said that unlike the French and Russian
revolutions, Green Revolution was not affected by killing people, but through
"It (Green Revolution) is spreading and it is
still the beginning of a revolution," he said, adding that it has brought
new challenges that must be dealt with.
"We must maintain the increased yields, but with
more environmentally-sustainable practices. I'm convinced that the answer lies
in science and technology. India and Israel have a common agenda. We both
realise the importance of food security for both our national security and
regional stability," Peres later said in an official statement.
Stating that the world can learn a lot from India's
farm experience, Peres said, "Your commitment to basic scientific
agri-research is the only way that India today is more food secure than it was
50 years ago. And, amazingly, you have done this while still relying primarily
on small-scale farmers."
Presently, India is suffering shortage of land and
water and the way forward is that the "India, Israel and Australia –
should join hands" to address the challenges of food and water security,