Following the path of ‘India First’, the government led by PM Narendra Modi has ensured that the collective will of the 1.30 billion Indians drives the global mandate for the betterment of humanity. The government has revamped India’s foreign doctrine, making it more proactive in taking leadership role as well as assertive when it comes to securing national interests.
India’s resurgence on the global front, today, is setting the global narrative in various ways. India is walking on the path of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” i.e. world is a family. Our outlook to problems concerning the entire world emanates from our belief in harmony and collective participation.
The government led by PM Modi has been actively engaging with the world leaders on the threat of climate change. India is leading the world on this front. It has been able to set the narrative of climate justice with its impressive role in the Paris accord.
Foreseeing a solar future, India has brought together more than 100 sunshine nations to harness solar energy and fuel their developmental needs without harming the planet. The International Solar Alliance, launched in 2015 during the Paris Climate Summit has brought innovation and cooperation at the heart of tackling climate change.
In another instance, of India’s soft power showing the way towards a better planet, Yoga has come to the centre stage of global recognition. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said:
“When we talk of global peace, there should be peace among nations. That is possible only when there is peace within the society. Only peaceful families can constitute peaceful society. Only peaceful individuals can make peaceful families. Yoga is the way to create such a harmony and peace within individuals, family, society, nation and ultimately all over the world.”
The ancient system has once again caught world’s attention when 21st June was declared as International Yoga Day. The resolution proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the UN. was backed by 173 nations, an unprecedented level of support in the history of UN. It has also been inscribed in the list of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. World over, people are making Yoga a daily practice for its innumerable health and spiritual benefits. With a consistent institutional support, Yoga has gone global.
India is setting global agenda against black money and tax evasion with the Modi government raising the issues at the highest global forums. The government’s commitment to fight the menace of black money has led to India signing number of international treaties with Cyprus, Mauritius and Singapore to avoid round tripping of money for the purpose of tax evasion.
Another emerging area, where India is firmly creating a technological niche, is its space programme. With a team of world-class scientists and engineers, it has become a pioneer in space industry. ISRO has set a world record by successfully launching 104 satellites in one go. India’s indigenous global navigation system has been set in place with the successful launch of IRNSS-1G. With this, India has joined the elite list of countries with their own satellite navigation system.
India’s increasing economic clout is supplemented with improvement in her relations with other nations. It is the result of the government’s diplomatic endeavours that, for the first time, India has secured membership of not one, not two, but three elite groups that include the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), the Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) and the Australia Group (AG). India’s entry into these exclusive non-proliferation groupings would ease the process of acquiring high tech items for our defence and space programmes.
The great strides made by Indians in various fields is helping build a better future for all. With a robust economy, assertive nation-first diplomacy, brave defence forces and a growing soft power, India is being seen by the world with a renewed hope. Acknowledging PM Modi’s visionary role in spearheading this change, he has been honoured with prestigious laurels including the Seoul Peace Prize and UN’s Champion of the Earth Award. It is a recognition of the strong efforts being made by India in fostering peace and harmony throughout the world as well as creating stories of success that can be replicated in the other parts of the world for the welfare of the humanity.