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Calls on international community to assist countries in financial distress

India yearns for greater UN responsibility
Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar with Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay and LIOC MD Manoj Gupta.
Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar with Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay and LIOC MD Manoj Gupta.

India’s External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar called on the international community to rise above narrow and parochial national agendas as assist countries like Sri Lanka which are in financial distress.

While saying that he referred to the unprecedented assistance of USD 3.8 billion extended to Sri Lanka in 2022 as an instance of an exceptional measure during exceptional times by India.

On India’s neighborhood policy, Dr. Jaishankar noted that the accumulation of debt in fragile economies is of particular concern to them. He reiterated India’s commitment to stand in solidarity with her neighbors on matters such as disaster response and humanitarian aid.

The new India, as a vibrant democracy and a sound economy, under the stewardship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is making headway in the global political scenario.

It is emerging as a heavyweight in the world political landscape sooner than expected, with significant economic growth to back up its credentials.

Within seventy-five years of its independence from the British colonial raj, from being one of the poorest members of the world community to acquire a pride of place, India has been able to redefine its economic model, recording a significant growth rate and even displacing the United Kingdom in the world ranking.

It was feasible owing to the sheer dedication of the political leadership from the very inception. However, Prime Minister Modi gave new dimensions and impetus to the Indian political model as a new democracy and a new economic model with rapid growth.

India’s rise to the stardom of the world economy has been meteoric and it was quite evident when External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar projected India’s vision to the United Nations General Assembly of seeing the entire world as one family.

Dr S. Jaishankar, who delivered India’s statement on September 24 at the United Nations, said that India is resolved to create more capacity for global good in the next 25 years.

He called for greater unity and solidarity and said they should work together on global issues such as terrorism, pandemics and the environment. Seven hundred projects by India across the world underline the focus on green growth, better connectivity, digital delivery and accessible health.

During his discourse, Dr. Jaishankar reaffirmed India’s philosophy of responding to the needs and priorities of its partners throughout the world.

Jaishankar underlined Prime Minister Modi’s consistent policy on peace, dialogue, and diplomacy. He repeated the remarks made by Prime Minister Modi to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit held in Samarkand recently that this is not an era of war, adding that it is a time for development and cooperation. However, Jaishankaremphasised India’s “zero-tolerance” approach to terrorism.

The External Affairs Minister dwelt on the green policies declared by Prime Minister Modi in Glasgow on the sidelines of COP26 as India’s homage to Mother Nature and reiterated support for any collective and equitable endeavour to protect the environment for further global wellness.

He pointed out that the injustice faced by the Global South should be decisively addressed, expressed India’s willingness to take up greater responsibilities, and made a call for reformed multilateralism with reforms of the UN Security Council at its core. This is an elementary requirement for the global south, Asia and Africa, for a better disposition of the affairs of the United Nations Security Council.

According to Dr. Jaishankar, this proposal enjoyed considerable support from other members of the United Nations.

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the Foreign Minister of France gave special messages on the occasion.

Speaking at the event, India’s External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr. Jaishankar highlighted the country’s steady march from being one of the poorest nations in the world to the fifth biggest economy during the 75 years of independence underlining the role of technology in India’s development.

The External Affairs Minister pointed out that the Digital Public Infrastructure advanced the food-safety net to 800 million Indians. Banking on technological might, more than US$300 billion worth of benefits have been distributed and over 2 billion vaccinations have been administered.

He stressed that India’s development is inseparable from that of the rest of the world and referred to the India-UN Development Partnership Fund, the first-ever single country South-South initiative at the UN, which currently extends to 66 development projects in 51 countries. India responded first with vaccines to friends in Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, and India’s neighbourhood during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Some of the participants testified that they were direct beneficiaries of “Vaccine Maitri”—India’s global initiative to provide COVID-19 vaccines. On India’s association with the United Nations, the External Affairs Minister said that as a founding member of the UN, India’s partnership with the UN has also reached the milestone of 75 years. The multifaceted nature of this partnership is significantly reflected in peacekeeping, wherein India has contributed more than a quarter million personnel to this effort, making her the largest contributor.

On global climate action, Dr. Jaishankar underscored that the International Solar Alliance, which currently has over 100 members, was pioneered by India along with France in 2015. India was also a founding member of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure.

By doing so, the member countries diluted the notion that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is but a Russo-Chinese front against the US or an arm of China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), or that it is Russia’s instrument to cultivate China and the Central Asian Republics to safeguard its eastern and southern borders from US encroachment. The SCO is emerging as a distinct Central-Asia-based organisation with a personality of its own.

With key powers like Russia, China, and India in it, it has got political and global heft. It is on the ancient Silk Route, which was a highway to prosperity for many peoples in the region, including India, China, and Tsarist Russia.

The SCO established in 2001 is made up of permanent members: China, India, Pakistan, Russia, and the Central Asian nations of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

India’s role in international organisations is clear and specific and is on the way to creating a new social order among the countries in the South Asian region, which would be beneficial to all in the region in the long run, especially as far as security in the region is concerned.

 


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