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Spanish, international relations – An insight into Gustavo de Aristegui’s vision



Ex-Spanish ambassador to India, Gustavo de Aristegui, has been an influential figure in fortifying relations between the two nations. Focusing on the cultural exchange time and again, the ambassador’s efforts have always pointed out towards a long and healthy relationship.

With India’s surging interest in Spanish language, Gustavo de Aristegui mentioned that Spain is in talks with the Union HRD ministry. The two countries are pondering over the introduction of Spanish language at the higher secondary level across schools in India.

Sharing his interest, the ex-diplomat told Ch Vidyasagar Rao, the Governor of Maharahtra that he has keen interest in developing a Spanish department in the Savitribai Phule University of Pune and in Mumbai University. This would provide the students a platform to learn the language and earn a foreign language diploma in Spanish.

Gustavo de Aristegui also has a keen interest in writing about the issues that are changing the political landscape of the world. A well-known author, Gustavo de Aristegui has penned down two books that reveal the truth hidden behind the walls of politics.

Talking vividly about the radical Islamist policy, his book La Yihad en España: la obsesión por reconquistar Al-Ándalus, speaks volumes about it. A detailed explanation of how the ideology extends beyond what is being showcased and its impact on Spain, the book tells a tale unheard. He brings forward the truth about the re-conquest and re-Islamization of Spain. Al-Ándalus, which is also known as Muslim Span and Muslim Iberia, is slowly being taken over by radical Islamists through bloodshed and terror. Gustavo dissects the matter and reveals the inception, motives and aftermath of radical Islamism in Spain. He also talks about solutions to fight it, within legal framework.

Other literary works of the Spanish envoy include El islamismo contra el Islam (2004), which highlights the political, economic and historical aspects of Islamic terrorism; Contra Occidente (2008), which negotiates the powers that have ascended against the West, and about the leaders, such as Fidel Castro, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Kim Jong-Il and Encrucijadas árabes (2011), which investigates the disorder and unbalance in North America.

With his bilateral interest in the India-Spain relationship, and an astute understanding of the world’s terrorism crisis, Gustavo has brought multiple noteworthy issues to the foreground. A keen observer of international happenings, he underlines what remains an unanswered question, will radical Islamist policy eradicate the good that is left or will we do something to make it right?




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