New Delhi, Jan 9 (IECurrentAffairs) For India, ‘transformation’ is part of a global vision and not just a domestic agenda, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said here on Wednesday and maintained that there is need to ensure ‘zero tolerance’ towards terrorism.
“With its unwavering belief in multilateralism, India speaks not just for itself, but also for the cause of justice, opportunity and prosperity around the world. For us, transformation is not just a domestic agenda, it is a global vision,” Ms Swaraj said in her address at the ongoing geo political meet Raisina Dialogue here.
Dwelling at critical challenges that confront the world today, Ms Swaraj said there was a time when India would talk about terrorism, and it would be treated as a “law and order issue on many global platforms”.
“Today, no country, big or small, is immune from this existential threat, particularly, terrorism actively supported and sponsored by states. In this digital age, the challenge is even greater, with a greater vulnerability to radicalization,” she said adding “ensuring zero-tolerance towards terrorism, and those who use it as an instrument of convenience, is the need of the hour”.
The Minister said: “As far back as 1996, India proposed a draft Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism we call it CCIT at the UN, it remains a draft to this day, because we cannot agree on a common definition”.
“Another challenge is the threat of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. This is one challenge that this Dialogue will be discussing,” she said.
Ms Swaraj said: “India, with one-sixth of humanity, is experiencing economic and social transformation on a scale which has rarely been seen in the history of the world. While the prosperity of Indians, both at home and abroad, and security of our citizens are of paramount importance, self interest alone, does not propel us”.
She further said: “Through the centuries, guided by Lord Buddha’s wisdom and the Mahatma Gandhi’s message of peace and compassion, India’s strength and success has been a force for global peace, stability and prosperity, and anchor for all-round regional and global progress”.
India, therefore, stands for a democratic and rules-based international order, in which all nations thrive as equals, the Minister said.
She also referred to Prime Minister’s ‘strategic vision of SAGAR’ and said this has spurred a qualitative transformation in India’s engagement with the Indian Ocean Region in recent years.
“Our revitalised Act East and Think West paradigms have further broadened the reach of our strategic and economic ‘neighbourhood’,” she said.
Ms Swaraj also said that India is committed to upholding territorial integrity and sovereignty and that any border issues can be resolved by mutual talks.
“Our consistent message is that unresolved border issues can be resolved bilaterally, when approached in the right spirit and in an atmosphere free from violence and hostility, ” she said.
She said India is keen on shaping relationships in a manner that synchronises with India’s economic priorities. With this “diplomacy for development” approach, each global interaction is now focussed on building partnerships to promote our transformative flagship programmes such as Make in India, Smart Cities, Digital India, AMRUT and Namami Gange, she said.