Should keep art, sports above political conflicts: Sitaram Yechury

CPIM leader Sitaram Yechury said, "We think that there should be no further escalation (between India and Pakistan)."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:October 1, 2016 4:47 pm
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Amid growing protests to ban Pakistani artistes and sportsperson, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury on Saturday said art and sports should be kept outside political conflicts. “We should rise above, and treat art and sports as what they are,” Yechury told news agency ANI adding that action should be taken against an artist or sportsman only if there is “specific information” suggesting that they are trying to do something against the country.

On the India-Pakistan tension, Yechury said his party believes that there should be no further escalation. Speaking to news agency ANI, Yechury said, “We think that there should be no further escalation.” Suggesting diplomatic talks, the veteran leader also said, “India at position of strength should initiative political and diplomatic move with Pakistan to eliminate scourge of cross-border terrorism.” He also mentioned that Pakistan’s interest in seeking closer closer defence cooperation with United States could be a “serious situation.”

“After India became USA’s strategic defence partner, now Pakistan negotiating closer defence co-operation with USA; serious situation developing,” said Yechury. Adding that India’s stature as an “independent country” was being “severely compromised”, he said, “This is the first time that an Indian Prime Minister didn’t attend NAM summit.”

On Wednesday, India carried out surgical strikes targeting terror launch pads along the Line of Control (LoC). Director General of Military Operations Lt General Ranbir Singh had said, “Significant casualties have been caused to terrorists and those trying to shield them. We don’t have a plan to further conduct such strikes. India has spoken to Pakistan.” The strike came days after Pakistan-based terrorists attacked the Indian Army camp in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir resulting in the death of 20 jawans.

Taking cognizance of the worsening diplomatic relations between the two neighbouring countries, United Nations General Secrtary Ban ki-Moon offered to act as a mediator between the two countries so that the ongoing disputes could be resolved. Ban appealed the countries to “exercise maximum restraint” in taking decisions. He also said his good offices are available, “if accepted by both sides.”

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    Abhinav Gour
    Oct 1, 2016 at 3:44 pm
    Political conflict? Sending terrorists to another country is a political action? Very cute. Dhakkan!
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      Ikok
      Oct 1, 2016 at 2:31 pm
      India is the home for more then 200million muslims and same quany is resident on east and west side of India
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        Ikok
        Oct 1, 2016 at 2:30 pm
        Openly Denying civil and human rights and you claim stan as terorist.. baby you need to learn the definition
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          Asis
          Oct 1, 2016 at 4:33 pm
          Nothing is above life of nation.lt;br/gt;NATION COMES FIRST... For everybodylt;br/gt;It should be valid and it's just not alone for Jawans.lt;br/gt;CPIM has always let our county down.lt;br/gt;Bengal has thrown them in Bay if Bengal.. They have dragged Bengal to a miserable situation if they are given importance we will be doomed
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            indian
            Oct 2, 2016 at 4:29 am
            So.... he implicitly agrees that Modi has got India into a position of strength!
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              Anonymous
              Oct 1, 2016 at 8:03 pm
              Yechury should persuade his Chinese comrades to help stan come to sense.
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                Dev
                Oct 2, 2016 at 4:36 am
                Iss stani spy ko desh se bahar nikalo. Aur baki sab Communist ko unake malik - china mein bhejo.
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                  Chander Pal
                  Oct 1, 2016 at 1:55 pm
                  Ram Ram, Sita Ram ji, please list out all those who need to be excluded, also those who should undertake award wapsi, any advisory for u s immigration when they repeatedly stop an actor from entering their country and also advisory for all those whose wives want to settle abroad......
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                    IML sood
                    Oct 1, 2016 at 4:18 pm
                    Will CPM ever be faithful and sincere to the country where they live?Can someone decipher what is actually playing in CPM mindset about the security of India.
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                      hitender
                      Oct 1, 2016 at 12:52 pm
                      We need to treat outsiders the way they treat indians. Except few, No other country on this earth has any respect for indians due to our slave atude. These politicians and business cl of india are focused on their benefits. Art and sports is part of our nationalism, we will not share our culture with ones who have sworn to destroy us.
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                        Venkat Krishna
                        Oct 1, 2016 at 12:53 pm
                        A piece of garbage these guys preach. Enemy wants to annihilate us by proxy war, these guys for vote bank want to be in there side. A bunch of crooks
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                          Sane Indian
                          Oct 1, 2016 at 11:59 am
                          As long as Seema Chisty remains as resident editor of IE, we have to put up with this useless Yechuri
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                            Sane Indian
                            Oct 1, 2016 at 3:20 pm
                            Finished lesson, it's action time baby,now
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                              Sane Indian
                              Oct 1, 2016 at 11:57 am
                              May be it's time to arrange a dance compeion BTW the two fighting factions in Syria, Mr Yechuri, please take the lead with a proposal to UN
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                                tom vivag
                                Oct 1, 2016 at 1:49 pm
                                stani artists living in India can protest terror atracks on any country except India . What a joke!
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                                  Vishy
                                  Oct 1, 2016 at 2:25 pm
                                  We should keep this nonsensical Yechuri out.lt;br/gt;It's these morons who are the real threat to india
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                                    Oct 1, 2016 at 4:47 pm
                                    Yechury is right.Artists of stan whatever may be their views as regards India -stan relations should be allowed to run their music profession in India . India should not go to such minor things.This is bad and and not part of Indian culture .
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                                      Akshay Chaitanya
                                      Oct 1, 2016 at 4:52 pm
                                      What more can be expected from leftists. They destro west bengal and kerala. They are expert in intellectual terrorism. Starting from maoist to naxal movement...their every step has destro us. In academic sector they have done the worst by keeing their men in boards, in charge of making syllabus, etc. A book can be written on their scams. lt;br/gt;National intersst comes first. If nation is there, other things will be there and not the way around.
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                                        Alab
                                        Oct 2, 2016 at 12:26 am
                                        Unfortunate that Comrade is talking like this. Communism has lost its relevance. They are now fishing in troubled waters.
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                                          amitava ghosh
                                          Oct 1, 2016 at 11:59 am
                                          The pathetic state of cpm party in india is due to such outdated party leaders like yechury who always find faults with whatever good done by others.They think that as far as intelligence is concerned they are best.Poor souls that men like yechury karat bose have made this party a noneny and they have no takers.See their plight in WB.And such party suggesting what the centre should do w.r.t.pak is just a joke.Yechury must realise that pak should be made to repay in all spheres.
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                                            AML
                                            Oct 1, 2016 at 3:50 pm
                                            Any stani in India, working or not, is a potential spy and a source of discord. He or she also represents, explicitly or implicitly, the stani version of the rabid stani Islamic State. stanis, or a large number of them, are lovers of Ghazni, Ghauri, Abdali, Temur Lung who, at the point of the sword, converted Hindus into Muslims, whose descendents curiously hate Hindus, their very great g parents. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;stanis believe in the superiority of the deable, stani, Islamic, State, a state that has deliberately concocted false history of stan to misguide and brainwash its children.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;What is the dire need for "importing" stanis into India when India is overflowing with native talent?
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