外文标题：To counter China's Silk Road, India is working on Cotton Route
BHUBANESHWAR: India is trying to counter China's Silk Road Economic Belt strategy with the idea of Cotton Route, to improve diplomatic and economic relations with Indian Ocean Rim countries.
This was one of the key takeaways from a three-day international conference, India and Indian Ocean: Renewing the Maritime Trade and Civilisational Linkages, which ended here on Friday.
Union ministers Sushma Swaraj, Manohar Parrikar, Dharmendra Pradhan and Mahesh Sharma attended the conference, and spoke about India's ideas for the region. The event followed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Sri Lanka, Seychelles and Mauritius, which highlighted New Delhi's eagerness to deepen ties with countries in the Indian Ocean region where Beijing is too trying to expand its influence. Through the Silk Road strategy, China is seeking to build an economic belt, covering countries along both the sea path and land path.
"Our strength lies in our belief in nonviolence, but it also has to be displayed by strength," Defence Minister Parrikar said. "In Sanskrit, there is a saying that it's only the goat that is sacrificed in a yagna, not the lion."
India will be hosting an international fleet review at Visakhapatnam in February 2016, the minister said. He wouldn't comment on whether China would be invited.
Manish Maheshwari (Mumbai)
Don't underestimate India's strength in cotton. Cotton can not only be used for clothes but also cotton seed oils. It can be grown in less irrigation area. Cotton plants can withstand scarcity of water. If cotton route is devoloped in India it definately can improve life of Farmers. We know it cannot match with silk route of china.
Sanjeev Sandh (Garhwal, Uttarakhand, In)
#CottonRoute - no logic or reason for this new name?
The cotton route is a joke and laughable
James (Italy, Milan)
The Modi government is making things worse for India, by showing the world what it is not in reality. Indian people are too excited to see India as a regional power, but fails to see the lies which Modi is projecting. India is not a great power which can fight China, and is only worried about its interests in the region. Countries like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka do not enjoy India telling them what to do, and this makes it easier for China to achieve their goals. Modi will leave India in a state of distrust from its neighbors, ruin its democratic image. No one should forget that China is competing with the US, and does not consider India as a direct competition. That is why India should stay within its limits as there is no way of achieving victory over China.
Sanjay Goswami (astunner)
Spice Route is better