New Delhi: On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the fifth edition of the Raisina Dialogue and interacted with the former world leaders of different nations. It is a 3-day Indian flagship global conference that is jointly organized by the Ministry of External Affairs and the Observer Research Foundation. It is our country’s contribution towards global efforts of finding solutions, identifying opportunities, and offering stability to this century that has witnessed two memorable decades.
The conclave will see 700 international participants. Out of these, 40% of the speakers will be women, highlighting India’s commitment to gender equality. At the event, the world leaders praised PM Modi’s leadership and vision concerning several global issues.
At the inaugural session of the Raisina Dialogue 2020, the former Danish PM Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that he would like to see India as a “strong component of the global alliance of democracies” and even appreciated PM Modi’s leadership.
“I would like to see India as a strong component of the global alliance of democracies. I appreciate very much the leadership of Prime Minister Modi in that respect. I hope we could engage India much more internationally in the coming years.”
Also, the former Canadian PM Stephen Harper, whose address focused around challenges that the “liberal democracies” face in coping with political protests in their countries, applauded PM Modi and said that India became “self-defined” under his leadership. He added that India would not become a “bastion of western liberals,” and under the present government, the country’s identity is “coming back in a big way.”
He further said-
“I think the reality of the increasingly multi-polar world will be that there is not a simple answer to that. But a big part of the answer in the future will be a role played by India. If I can pay tribute to Prime Minister Narendra Modi here I think it will be the kind of India that Prime Minister Modi’s vision is creating.”
Moreover, Harper said-
“I am not just talking about the energetic domestic reforms, but very much a country that is self-defined and aspires to be a global cooperative partner, but at the same time will be very much Indian. India is not going to be a bastion of western liberalism.”
The former South Korean PM Han Seung-soo said that amid the tough times, the world leaders’ role, especially PM Modi, would be conducive to “reversing the current trend.” And the former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, whose address focused around the Afghan peace initiatives, thanked PM Modi for “all the support given to the Afghan people and continuing to hold us very close and dear terms.”
On his official Twitter handle, PM Modi shared pictures of the conclave and wrote-
“Attended the @raisinadialogue in New Delhi. Over the years, this has emerged as a vibrant forum for discussing important global and strategic issues. I also had the opportunity to meet leaders who are great friends of our nation.”
Attended the @raisinadialogue in New Delhi. Over the years, this has emerged as a vibrant forum for discussing important global and strategic issues. I also had the opportunity to meet leaders who are great friends of our nation. pic.twitter.com/hlVk2RRXkw
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 14, 2020