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For Modi govt, nothing can be above country's interest: Jaishankar
4/10/2024 10:48:05 PM
JAIPUR, Apr 10: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said Tuesday that India under Narendra Modi focused on national interest and has successfully resisted attempts to put pressure on it on issues like Russia-Ukraine war, scrapping of Article 370 and the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
At a meeting with intellectuals and a press conference earlier in Bikaner in Rajasthan, the minister talked about an India that faced the world with confidence.
Answering a question, he also recalled the controversy over then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru's apparent reluctance to grab an opportunity to claim a permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) that went to China.
Referring to what he wrote on the episode in his book 'Why India Matters', Jaishankar said China becoming a permanent UNSC member was an "injustice".
"Nothing can be above the country's interest," he said at the press conference.
Jaishankar said the impact of every development happening in India is today felt in the entire world.
He said the people have faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's guarantee not only in India but also outside the country. Today's India is full of self-confidence, he added.
"Whatever we have been doing in the last 10 years, today people also see the scale of the work that is being done in India," he said.
He said there was a time when the people used to say that having a democracy is good but progress never happens in it. But today it is a democracy that delivers.
"There was a time when people used to say that it is a good thing to have democracy but progress never happens in democracy. Everything takes time... We keep debating and decisions are not taken. So what we are showing today is democracy that delivers," he said.
Referring to the Ukraine-Russia war, he said India had a problem of evacuating its students and the other challenge was oil. There was pressure from all western countries to not buy oil from Russia.
He said India took the decision keeping the national interest in focus and if it had not done so, then the price of petrol would have increased in the country at that time. He said, "Such situations will keep coming. Yesterday it was Russia and oil. We talk about Article 370 or CAA.
"I would also like to tell you that even on such issues other countries try to put pressure on us, but they are unsuccessful. That is a different matter," he said.
The central minister said even today there are some topics, including elections where comments are made about us from abroad, but India should now deal with the world with confidence and patience, whether it is a matter of border or progress or any matter of diplomacy.
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