United Nations, Sep 27: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the 74th UN General Assembly on Friday sprang a minor surprise as he skipped making strong reference to Pakistan but said the world needs to stand in rock-like unity against the terror menace.
'For the sake of humanity, the world needs to unite to fight the menace of terrorism. A world divided by violence and terrorism makes a direct assault on the very principle on which the United Nations was founded,' he said in his 20 minute speech sans hard-hitting phrases normally used by him on global platforms.
'I come from a country which has given Buddha and not 'yudh' (war). We have given a message of peace and therefore the voice of India against terrorism reflects the general anguish against the menace.'
Beginning his speech with crystal clear reference that the mandate of people of India in the recent elections had a bigger message for the world, he said 'the mandate was inspiring'.
'When a developing country completes the world's largest cleanliness drive successfully in just five years and 11 crore toilets are made, it gives a message to the whole world,' he stated , adding when a massive health scheme is carried out at the world's largest democracy, it gives a 'new direction' to the entire world.
A large number of members of the Indian community had gathered outside United Nations Headquarters, ahead of Mr Modi's address.
The Prime Minister also said it is high time to give fresh impetus and direction to multilateralism in the world. (UNI)