India’s Accomplishments Validating Its Democratic Credentials: S Jaishankar


Democracy is not only incomplete without delivery, said S Jaishankar (File)

New Delhi:

As India rises and its capabilities increase, the country will naturally contribute more to the world, and a civilizational state reappearing on the world stage will obviously create its own imprint, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said today. .

Speaking to an international webinar “Independent India @ 75: Democratic Traditions”, hosted by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, S Jaishankar said that as India becomes more democratic, democracy will also become more Indian , both in its sensitivities and its texture.

Democracy is not only incomplete without delivery, but it can even affect its credibility, he said.

Whether it is providing access to toilets, electricity and running water, or the near-universalization of bank accounts, democratic means are now achieving democratic ends, said S Jaishankar.

“The equality of the vote must necessarily coexist with the equity of human dignity. One is useless without the other. Seen in this context, India’s current achievements validate its democratic credentials,” he said. -he declares.

S Jaishankar said that the country’s external outlook inevitably goes hand in hand with its internal values ​​and that a nation and a people should be expected to be comfortable with like-minded others. It also encourages like-minded people to work together on global issues, he added.

It also explains the context of India’s quest for global commons governed by norms and rules, for political and cultural arrangements that take into account diversity and multipolarity, and for trade projects, d infrastructure and connectivity determined by transparency, sustainability and host buy-in. communities, said S Jaishankar.

“As India rises and its capacities and capacities increase, it will naturally contribute more to the world. A civilizational state reappearing on the world stage and building on its heritage will obviously create its own imprint.” , did he declare.

“In a truly democratic world, such an India will be more India than the West. Its model of development and its acceptance of broader responsibilities will draw even more attention to the importance of its model,” the minister said. .

As a full member of the countries of the South, as a system that intersects so much with the West and as a political regime with a flavor of its own, India’s trajectory will surely influence global travel, a- he asserted.

S Jaishankar noted that it is appropriate that the International Day of Democracy is commemorated with particular enthusiasm in the largest and most energetic democracy in the world.

“After all, for India democracy was not just a choice we made in 1947, but a way of life long before that. Few societies can compare to the pluralism that has been our historic hallmark.” did he declare.

Emphasizing that forms of ballot and representative government have a long tradition in India, S Jaishankar said that some 2,500 years ago, the Lichchhavi republics developed a process of consultative and democratic governance, and similarly, panchayats. village with delegates meeting for a type of The large local assembly was an established custom in the Chola era of the 10th century.

“Indeed, variations in community exercises of rights and responsibilities and broad participation have existed in many regions. They speak of our inherent attributes of transparency, diversity and pluralism,” he said.

Stating that contemporary India’s sense of pride in its electoral democracy is visible, S Jaishankar said India contrasts the vigor and credibility of its systems with those who have rejected such exercises as much as those who practice them. imperfect way.

Awareness of an individual’s voting power, even among socially and economically disadvantaged voters – or perhaps more of them – shows how precious and hard-earned this privilege remains, he said.

“Every five years, a general election in India sets a new record for the largest such festival in the world. In 2019, 912 million people were eligible to vote – more than all other democracies combined. Two voters in three actually made the effort to go to the polling station, in contrast to the indifference in many other societies, ”he said. S Jaishankar, however, said the quality and morality of democracy is not limited to numbers and can be found in the transition of Indian society to a deeper, more culturally rooted and authentic identity.

“Our democracy has both driven this process and in turn enriched it. Indeed, a true reflection of society in its elected representatives is what gives any democracy real strength. And that is what it is. we see in India today, ”he said.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by DAILYNEWSCATCH staff and is posted from a syndicated feed.)


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