NEW DELHI: After a devastating earthquake struck Turkey and Syria earlier this week, India was among the first responders to the tragedy. Even before requests for help came in, India mobilized medical aid, disaster-relief personnel and equipment within hours and sent them off to the quake-hit countries as part of a mission called ‘Operation Dost’. Turkey’s relations with India of late have been less than friendly but the swiftness with which India reacted is a heartwarming example. India’s humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in its neighbourhood and beyond go back a long way. In this episode of ‘Simply Nitin’, StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale recounts how India has so often demonstrated that it is a friend in times of disaster.
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