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Inclusion forms the strong foundation of the Indian constitutional system and resonates with the philosophy of the Modi government, which emphasizes “sabka sath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas and sabka prayas,” according to Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.

Speaking at a community reception in Doha, Qatar, Naidu’s comments come in light of protests in India and criticism from several Muslim countries over controversial remarks made by two individuals against Prophet Mohammad. Qatar was the first country to formally address the issue with India.

Naidu emphasized that the government’s vision of inclusion is reflected in its commitment to leaving no one behind, as seen in initiatives such as the distribution of food grains to over 80 crore people under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana during the pandemic, and the Ayushman Bharat healthcare program covering over 50 crore people.

Highlighting the strong ties between India and Qatar, Naidu praised the Indian community in Qatar as a vital link between the two countries. He noted the significant progress in bilateral trade, with India being Qatar’s third-largest trading partner and Qatar’s foreign direct investment in India increasing fivefold since March 2020.

Naidu also mentioned the growing cooperation between India and Qatar in various sectors such as energy, defense, security, healthcare, and education. He announced plans to establish an Indian Chair at Qatar University, promote sports and cultural exchanges, and launch a start-up bridge between the two countries.

As India and Qatar approach the 50th anniversary of establishing full diplomatic relations, Naidu expressed optimism about the future of the economic partnership and overall relationship between the two nations.

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