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The second edition of Ministry of External Affairs’ annual Raisina Dialogue was held in New Delhi with the theme “The New Normal: Multilateralism in a multipolar world”.
The flagship geo-political conference was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and was attended by delegates from 65 countries.
Highlights PM Narendra Modi’s speech
- Outlined government’s foreign policy from May 2014 and also referred to differences with China, and India’s close partnerships with the US, Russia and Japan.
- Pakistan and Terrorism: Pakistan must walk away from terror for dialogue with India as India alone cannot walk the path of peace.
- Peaceful South Asia: India remained committed to vision for a “peaceful and harmonious” South Asia, and neighbourhood first.
- Globalisation: Growing sentiment against trade and migration and rising parochial and protectionist attitudes are putting globalisation’s gains at a risk.
- China: It has unprecedented business and commercial opportunities for India. However, rising ambition and festering rivalries (in Asia) are generating visible stress points such as freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.
- CPEC: The ambitious $45 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) connectivity project cannot override sovereignty as it runs through disputed parts of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).
- United States: US administration led by Donald Trump and India will further focus on building bilateral relationship.
About Raisina Dialogue
- Raisina Dialogue is an annual conference held in New Delhi. It is envisioned to be India’s flagship conference of geopolitics and geo-economics.
- The conference is held jointly by Ministry of External Affairs and the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), an independent think tank based in India.
- The name of conference comes from Raisina Hill which is the elevation in New Delhi where presidential palace of India, Rashtrapati Bhavan is located.
- The first edition of the conference was held in March 2016 with the theme “Asia: Regional and Global Connectivity”. It is organized on the lines of the Shangri-La Dialogue held in Singapore.
- It is structured as a multi-stakeholder, cross-sectorial conclave, involving policy and decision makers, including cabinet ministers from various Governments, high-level Government officials and policy practitioners, leading personalities from business and industry etc.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was once again at his personal best when he addressed a huge crowd gathered of about 20000 people at Madison Square at US. The PM arrived at the complex only to be greeted with a lot of excitement and hope amid voices of Modi-modi taking the lead. He was able to acknowledge and accept the great responsibility which the Indian people have entrusted him with. Mr. Modi was able to touch all chords which resonated well with all his audience. People had also gathered at the Times Sqaure to hear the PM speech. Such enthusiasm had been quite a contrast to the visits of previous PM Manmohan Singh. For all the Indians who are settled abroad, it was a moment of great pride to see the PM of India take the whole world in his stride.
A major part of his speech was dedicated to his faith that India has the resources and potential to be the next global power. He reiterated his golden mantra of 3 Ds which stand for the three important ingredients for the progress of any nation. The three stand for Democracy, Demogrpahy and demand. He stressed on the possibility of the current century to be known as the Century of Asia or Century of India to be precise.
He also stated the fact that New Delhi has got a stable and grounded administration since last 30 years and hence his government is committed on ethics and good conduct. He expressed his vision of making India clean and green. His appreciation for the success of Mangalyaan by Indian scientists was unparalleled as he highlighted the fact that India has been able to achieve this tremendous success in most cost-effective manner.
The real flavour of his speech came when he announced a package of offers and new policy changes with respect to NRIs. He waived off hitherto important visa processes and formalities associated with NRIs. The speech was electrifying and made every Indian in every corner of the world proud to be one.