Delhi: Inaugurating the second edition of the Raisina Dialogue on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that in May 2014, people of India had ushered in a new normal.
“My fellow Indians spoke in one voice to entrust my government with mandate of change: Government with mandate of change,” he said.
The PM added, “World needs India’s sustained rise as much as India needs World. Our desire to change country has an indivisible link with external world. For multiple reasons, and at multiple levels world is growing through profound changes.”
“Non-state actors are significant contributors to the spread of challenges we face,” PM Modi pointed out.
“We need to guard against any inclination that promotes exclusion, specially in Asia. The multi-polarity of the world and an increasingly multi-polar Asia, is a dominant fact today,” he said.
The dialogue will feature inaugural panel with Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar, Foreign Minister of Nepal Prakash Sharan Mahat, former president of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, former prime minister of Australia Kevin Rudd, International Affairs Advisor to Prime Minister of Bangladesh Gowher Rizvi.
A video message from the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres will be played before the inaugural panel.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will deliver the keynote address on Wednesday.
Indian Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Piyush Goyal, Smriti Irani and V.K. Singh will address the Dialogue besides ministers and officials from other countries.
More than 250 participants from 65 countries are taking part in this year`s three-day Dialogue.
The first edition was attended by 120 participants from 40 countries.
Source: Zee News