“India’s Progress Makes a Real Difference to the World”- S. Jaishankar Makes Historic Speech at the UNGA.

In a noteworthy address at the 78th United Nations General Assembly, India’s External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar, offered a profound perspective on the country’s evolving role in the global arena. From opening his speech with the warm greeting, “Namaste from Bharat,” to closing with the poignant declaration, “It is this fusion that today defines India, that is Bharat,” Jaishankar’s speech resonated with a universal message of cooperation, reform, and progress.

Amidst the tumultuous global landscape, Jaishankar emphasized the imperative for change. He acknowledged the challenges of structural inequities, the COVID-19 pandemic, and ongoing conflicts, which have set back socio-economic progress worldwide. However, the minister posited that these trying times also present an opportunity for transformation towards a more equitable and democratic world order, a theme in alignment with India’s G-20 presidency.

India’s G20 Presidency: Catalyst for Change

As he articulated, India’s presidency of the G-20 aimed to ensure that growth and development considerations extend beyond the interests of a select few nations. India’s vision, encapsulated in the theme “One Earth, One Family, One Future,” sought to bridge divides and sow the seeds of collaboration that transcend isolationism. He highlighted that diplomacy and dialogue are fundamental tools in achieving this vision, advocating for a departure from unilateral agendas set by a handful of nations.

The minister’s speech underscored India’s commitment to representing the Global South and fostering cooperation with diverse partners. India, once associated with non-alignment, has evolved into a “Vishwa Mitra” or a friend to the world, displaying its readiness to engage with nations across the spectrum and harmonize interests when necessary. This transformation is exemplified by India’s participation in the Quad, the expansion of the BRICS grouping, and the emergence of the I2U2 combination.

A notable achievement during India’s G-20 presidency was the admission of the African Union as a permanent member—a move that aimed to give voice to an entire continent historically denied its rightful place. Jaishankar suggested that this step should inspire the United Nations, an older institution, to modernize the Security Council and enhance its credibility through broader representation.

India’s Commitment to Multilateralism

The outcomes of the New Delhi G-20 Summit encompassed policies and initiatives designed to address a wide array of global challenges. These included an Action Plan for Sustainable Development Goals, initiatives for lifestyle and environment, promoting women-led development, reform of international financial institutions, and digital public infrastructure. These initiatives collectively pave the way for more inclusive, sustainable, and resilient global development.

Jaishankar stressed that India’s progress is not about self-aggrandizement but about taking on greater responsibility and making contributions on the global stage. He cited examples such as the Vaccine Maitri initiative during the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Solar Alliance, and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure as evidence of India’s commitment to global well-being.

Furthermore, he highlighted India’s role as a development partner for 78 nations, extending assistance in diverse areas. India’s leadership in providing a first response during humanitarian crises demonstrates its commitment to solidarity and cooperation.

Digital Governance and Beyond

In an era characterized by digital innovation, Jaishankar emphasized the transformative role of digitally delivered public goods. Digitalization has not only enhanced efficiency but also combated corruption while promoting inclusive development.

Jaishankar closed his speech with a resounding declaration of India’s readiness for a future defined by progress and transformation. He cited India’s recent success with the Chandrayaan-3 lunar mission, its vibrant cultural expressions, and its legislative efforts to empower women in governance as indicators of the nation’s dynamic and forward-looking approach.


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