Spain Lauds Indian Democracy!!!
Seeking to give a fillip to bilateral trade ties, India and Spain are set to sign three agreements in the fields of tourism, agriculture and renewable energy as part of President Pratibha Patil's visit to Madrid (Spain) .
Maintaining that the trade volume between the two countries remained "insufficient", both Patil and Spanish King Juan Carlos I emphasised the need to intensify bilateral engagement in the field.
Spain is a world leader in the field of renewable energy through companies such as Iberdrola and Gamesa, a major producer of wind
farms."As we strive to meet our energy needs, we want to reduce our dependence on traditional sources of energy and increase the share of clean,
new and renewable energy sources," she said. "In this endeavour we are desirous of benefiting from Spain's experience."
She also hailed Spain, the world's second largest holiday destination after France, as a "world leader" in the tourism sector.
Nothing LIke Indian Democracy!!!
Laudatory references to the Indian democracy and its pluralism echoed in the
sumptuous Hall of Lost Steps at the Spanish House of Congress on the eve of Ms. Pratibha Patel's visit .
Jose Bono, President of the Congress, in his address to a packed house, said no other country on earth had such immense diversity of 400 languages and 10 religions. “National identities are variable and we all have a huge part in collective identities,” he said. “Co-operation is not based on the colour of the skin and no borders or flags make us unequal.”
He went on to say how impressed Spain was about Indian democracy involving 714 million voters and joked that “three of your major cities — Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata — can accommodate our entire population.”
In her reply, President Pratibha Patil expressed pride in the ongoing electoral process and the measures India was taking
in ensuring orderliness and accuracy in such a mammoth undertaking. Pointing out that India’s democratic system has 3.2 million elected
representatives — of whom 1.2 million are women — to institutions of local self-government in villages and municipalities, she said it was
unparalleled on earth.
Describing Spain as a beautiful country with friendly people, she said her visit was emblematic of the shape of more cooperation to come.
She signed off her address in Spanish, which elicited a prolonged and thunderous ovation. Earlier Ms. Patil was accorded a guard of honour with a 21-gun salute.
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