Well-connected, integrated neighborhood is my dream: Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Opening Session of the Second Raisina Dialogue

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 17 while inaugurating the Second Raisina Dialogue, India’s flagship geo-political conference said, “India’s transformation is not separated from its external context. Our economic growth, employment opportunities for our youth, our access to capital, technology, markets and resources and security of our nation are all deeply impacted by developments in the world. But, the reverse is also true. The world needs India’s sustained rise as much as India needs the world”.

“That India alone cannot walk the path of peace and that Pakistan must reciprocate the sentiment in letter and spirit,” he added.

At the very same time Modi asked Pakistan to discard terrorism if it wanted any dialog with India.

“Our actions and aspirations, capacities and human capital, democracy and demography, and strength and success will continue to be an anchor for all round regional and global progress,” the Prime Minister said.

Giving importance to the regional peace and stability Modi added, “India cannot walk the path of peace alone. It also has to be Pakistan’s journey to make. Pakistan must walk away from terror if it wants to walk towards dialogue with India”.

Apart from relationship across south Asia Modi also discussed the expansion of Indo-US associations from corner to corner.

While attacking Pakistan over its support to extremism, Modi further said India alone cannot walk the corridor of peace.

Talking about Sino-Indian relationship he told these two large neighboring powers have differences and it’s quite natural which will never stop the growing relation between them. “In our engagement with China, as President Xi and I agreed, we have sought to tap the vast area of commercial and business opportunities in the relationship. I see the development of India and China as an unprecedented opportunity, for our two countries and for the whole world,” Modi said.

The PM said during his tenure, the government has given a strong force to India’s engagements with the US, Russia, Japan and other major global giants. He also explained the benefits of these engagements as it will help in commerce and technology, industry and infrastructure, skills and development, defence and security.

Narendra Modi with the former President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai

Talking about world’s multi-polarity, and an increasingly multi-polar Asia Modi said, “The steady increase in military power, resources and wealth in the Asia-Pacific has raised the stakes for its security. Therefore, the security architecture in the region must be open, transparent, balanced and inclusive. And, promote dialogue and predictable behaviour rooted in international norms and respect for sovereignty”.

The Raisina Dialogue was organized by Observer Research Foundation (ORF) in collaboration with India’s External Affairs Ministry, to examine “the prospects and opportunities for Asian integration as well as Asia’s integration with the larger world”.

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, and former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper were also present among the audience.